Knockout Series

Online contest series for the 2021-2022 season

The Ottawa Branch Knockouts have been a staple in the region for decades. The series has multiple divisions for pipers and drummers.

Due to ongoing complications associated with COVID-19, the 2021-2022 events will be held online.


The series has multiple divisions for pipers and drummers. These divisions generally align with the PPBSO grades as indicated below. Players are encouraged to consult with their teachers or Branch executive members if they are unsure about the grade that aligns best with their skill level:

"A" Level

Includes solo pipers and drummers with experience that aligns approximately with grades 1 and 2.

"B" Level

Includes solo pipers and drummers with experience that aligns approximately with grades 3 and 4.

"C" Level

Includes solo pipers and snare drummers at beginner and Grade 5 levels.

"40+" Level

Includes pipers and drummers over 40 years of age, from beginner to intermediate, that would like to begin competing. Competitors in the 40+ category are not eligible to compete in Group A, B or C in addition to the 40+ category. The intention is to allow participants to begin competing against their peers. More experienced players who are over 40 are welcome to compete in the A and B categories if they wish.


2021 - 2022 Requirements

Rules and Regulations

Stating your name and contest

All video submissions must start with the competitor stating your name, the name of the tunes, and the name of the contest (for example first Knockout online contest for November 2021). This is important to help ensure that your submission is unique for that contest.

Drumming recordings

Drummers are not required to play along with a piper, but they are encouraged to play along with a recording. Please ensure that the recording is loud enough to be heard on the video (you might have to experiment with placement of your equipment). You are free to play along with the recordings for snare drummers on the PPBSO website. To facilitate participation, drummers may also opt to use a drum pad instead of a full drum.

Highland dress

We’re asking competitors to play in highland dress to help keep the spirit of the Knockouts. Rules on what constitutes proper highland dress can be found in the PPBSO Rule Book

Results and Points

After the last round, the three competitors with the most points in the A, B, C and 40+ divisions will be invited to compete in a final round where the winner of the final round in each division will be the 2021-22 Knockout champion.

Division points will be awarded as follows:

1st place – 6 points

2nd place – 5 points

3rd place – 4 points

4th place – 3 points

5th place – 2 points

6th place – 1 point

In the event of a tie for the last qualifying place(s) at the end of March, competitors with matching points will be invited to the final round.

2021-22 Knockout Results 



FREE for paid members of the PPBSO Ottawa Branch, $5.00 for members of other PPBSO branches, $10.00 for non-PPBSO members. Non-Branch members will be contacted to facilitate payment.

How It Works

Competitors must submit a new registration/video URL before each contest (you cannot enter for all dates at once, as was possible for past in-person series). A new registration form will be made available before each contest date.

Step 1: Upload your Video

Where Do I upload my video?

 All competitors are required to upload their video to YouTube. Videos do not have to be public, but must be either public or unlisted (see here for more information on how to set your privacy settings). By selecting unlisted, you will still be able to share your video with the PPBSO Ottawa Branch (and the judge) without it being publicly available.  Also, please do not select that your video is not made for kids, this way the branch can share your winning performance on social media. Finally, leave your video posted until the results have been announced.

When are the submission dates for my videos?

 The registration and video submission cut-offs are listed in the tune requirements in the section above. Judging will take place following the listed cut-off date. However, The earlier you submit your video, the sooner we can validate it and catch any problems that might result in a disqualification.

Step 2: Complete the registration form

What if I am submitting for Multiple categories?

If you are registered in multiple categories (i.e. you are piping and drumming), you must submit one video per category.

What if I make a change to my video?

Once you’ve submitted your video link, you cannot change it! Uploading a new video will result in a new URL which will invalidate the old video.

Step 3: Results

Within 7-10 days following each submission date, results will be posted, and score sheets will be emailed to each competitor.