At least one member of the tailgate must be a current student at or alumnus of each respective university participating in the Tailgate of the Year competition.
All tailgates entering the competition must also be prepared to hold a tailgate the date the videographer and judges would visit their tailgate (see Timeline for exact dates).
In accordance with the law, any submissions showing fans under the legal drinking age consuming alcohol or any fans using illegal substances are strictly prohibited. We will attempt to remove all such submissions as quickly as possible.
Note: All Campus Champions will be announced on 11/3, when voting begins for the 2014 Tailgate of the Year.
Overall Atmosphere judging is based on four criteria: Creativity, Participation, Amenities, and School Spirit.
Creativity: Regardless of the opponent, weather, or any other factor, the best tailgates find ways to distinguish themselves with originality at each and every tailgate.
Participation: It isn’t simply the number of attendees at a tailgate, but the way they interact and come together as a group that brings the tailgate to life.
Amenities: Great tailgates integrate food, drinks, games, and other elements to ensure that attendees enjoy themselves and leave happy to have had the experience.
School Spirit: When it comes down to it, tailgating is about supporting your team. School spirit at a tailgates comes from passionate, enthusiastic fans that love their school.
Cooking judging is based on taste, creativity, and presentation. All tailgates are required to prepare an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for each judge.
Each Campus Champion will be selected from their university using the following criteria:
Fan Voting (40%)
The tailgate with the highest number of votes receives 40 points, the tailgate with the second highest number of votes receives 36 points, and so on. The tailgate with the fifth highest number of votes receives 24 points.
Cooking Competition Judge Ratings (20%)
Judges will rate each dish - using our criteria - using a 1-10 scale. In other words, the maximum possible score for the cooking competition is 30 (10 for each dish), and the lowest possible score is 3. The highest rated tailgate receives 20 points, the second highest rated receives 18 points, and so on. The fifth highest rated receives 12 points.
Atmosphere Judge Ratings (40%)
Judges will rate each tailgate using a 1-10 scale for each criterion, making the maximum possible score 40 (10 in all four categories) and the lowest possible score 4. The highest rated tailgate receives 40 points, the second highest rated receives 36 points, and so on. The fifth highest rated receives 24 points.
In the event of a tie, the tiebreaker is based on fan voting.
In addition to great glory, each Campus Champion receives a $500 donation to a charity of their choice. The 2014 Tailgate of the year receives an additional $1500 donation, making the grand prize a $2000 donation to a charity of the 2014 TOTY’s choice!
All submissions and votes are subject to qualification and review to ensure legitimacy. We reserve the right to disqualify any tailgate and remove any votes where, in our sole discretion, we believe cheating is involved.
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