The RG HARDIE & Co. – Midwest Highland Arts Fund United States Gold Medal Piobaireachd
Competition (USGM) Rules and Regulations.

This contest is for Competitors who are graded Professional or Open by their Pipe Band Association. The Competitor must be a member of their association in good standing the day of the competition or risk disqualification.

The Gold Medal Piobaireachd is also Open to Competitors who are eligible to compete for the Gold Medal competitions at Oban or Inverness as well as US Gold Medal Champions.

The competition is open to the first twenty eligible applicants. First, second and third prizes will be determined by the adjudicator ranking.

There must be more Competitors than prizes or part of the prizes may be withdrawn. No first prize may be awarded unless there are at least two Competitors. A second prize will be awarded should four or more Contestants compete and a third prize if eight or more compete.

All entry forms and fees must be received online by MHAF no later than December 1, 2022.

Competitors must submit four (4) tunes of their own choice one of which they will be asked
to play. Competitors will be notified of the selected tune prior to entering the final tuning-room (approximately 20 minutes prior to performance time).

Any changes in tune submissions must be made in writing, and received by Winter Storm no later than December 1, 2022. E-Mail Roger McCrummen.

The order of play will be decided by ballot shortly after the closing date for entries. Competitors will be advised of the order of play as soon as possible after this date.

It is recommended for each Competitor to check-in at the MHAF registration table at the Marriott-Country Club Plaza hotel the evening prior to the contest, by no later than 9:00 pm. At this check in, each Competitor will receive details of the locations within the hotel complex of practice rooms, the final tuning/warm-up area and competition area, and tentative contest times and order of play.

The order of play will be posted the morning prior to the contest at the final tuning/warm up area. Times will be posted for the first six competitors, the remaining competitors will have appropriate time estimates associated with their name. To eliminate large gaps in the contest due to players being disqualified or unable to attend, competitor order of play is subject to change at the discretion of the Stewards. It is the responsibility of each Competitor to inquire with the Stewards as to updates or changes throughout the day of the contest. All Competitors must be ready to compete when called, otherwise they may be disqualified.

Competitors must check-in with the Steward at least one-half hour prior to the start of the segment of the contest in their grade. Competitors must be at the final tuning warm-up area at least 15 minutes before their scheduled competition time. Where applicable, Tunes will be submitted to the Steward in the final tuning warm-up area immediately prior to each respective contest.

Each Competitor must appear and compete in appropriate Highland Dress and are expected to remain so attired throughout the day until after the presentation of prizes.

Individual competition times will be posted for the first six Competitors, the remaining Competitors will be subject to an order of play, as designated by the Stewards. All Competitors will be individually responsible for reporting to the Stewards at least one hour prior to their competition time.

After a Competitor has been called to play, four minutes maximum is allowed for tuning.

Warmup in non-designated, public areas of the host hotel is disruptive to other Competitors and guests; therefore, such behavior will result in immediate disqualification.

Any Competitor acting contrary to the rules of the competition, or the orders of the Judges and Stewards, may be excluded or disqualified from the competition or prize list.

First, second and third (3 prizes) will be determined by the adjudicator ranking.

All decisions made by the judges and Stewards will be final.

Entry in the competition is consent for recording sound and image, and distribution on any/all media, which shall become property of Midwest Highland Arts Fund.

Directors of MHAF, USGM contest sponsors, MHAF judges, and MHAF instructors are ineligible for entry to the contest.

By applying to the RG Hardie-MHAF US Gold Medal Piobaireachd Competition, I agree to be
bound by these rules.