Have you ever wondered how the judge’s marks are transcribed into the placings and results at the end of a competition?

  • The judges mark each dancer out of 100 with first place going to the dancer(s) with the highest score, and so on down the line.
  • Aggregate winners are determined by adding up the combined scores over the day, but rather than use the judge’s scores, points are assigned according to placement.
  • All competitions run under the Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing use the same schedule of points, keeping the job of scoring consistent from one competition to another.

 Points Guidelines

Here is  a breakdown of the points for aggregate awards:

1st place         88 points 

2nd place        56 points 

3rd place        38 points       

4th place        25 points

5th place        16 points

6th place        10 points

Award Placing Guidelines

The number of placings are half the number of dancers plus one.

3 dancers                2 placings

4-5 dancers             3 placings

6- 7 dancers            4 placings

8- 9 dancers            5 placings

10- ll dancers          6 placings

12-l3 dancers          7 placings

14-l5 dancers          8 placings

16-l7 dancers          9 placings

18-l9 dancers        10 placings