2018-2019 Knockout Series!
The Ottawa Branch Knockout Series has multiple divisions for pipers and drummers. These divisions generally align with the following PPBSO grades. 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 Division includes solo pipers and drummers with experience that aligns approximately with grades 1 and 2.
- B Division includes solo pipers and drummers with experience that aligns approximately with grades 3 and 4.
- *NEW for 2018-19* C Division includes solo pipers and drummers at beginner and Grade 5 levels.
- 40+ Division 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.
Players will compete throughout the fall and winter months, collecting points towards playing in the final round in March 2019.
Registration can be taken online or at the door typically starting at 7:00 pm. Competitions start at 7:30 pm.
Fee: Competitors and attendees, $7.00 at the door.
Location: HMCS Bytown Naval Officers’ Mess, 78 Lisgar St. in downtown Ottawa.
- The contest has multiple divisions, and competitors should enter in the proper division for their abilities:
- Players must wear appropriate highland attire.
- Divisions: See above.
- In the preliminary rounds (October to February), 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
At the end of February, the three competitors with the most points in Ottawa’s A, B, C and 40+ divisions will compete in a final round in March.
In the event of a tie for the last qualifying place(s) at the end of February, both competitors with matching points will be invited to the final round in March.
The winner of the final round in each division will be the year’s knockout champions.
Tune requirements change with each Knockout event. The tune requirements for 2018-19 are listed below:
|Sat, Sept. 29*
7:30 pm – after AGM
|Two 6/8s (min. 4 pts each)||H/J (min. 4 pts each)||6/8 March (4 pts)||2/4 March (4 pts)|
|Sat, Nov. 3
|2/4 March (4 pts)||3/4 March (2 pts)||Air, 6/8 March (min. 4 pts for march)|
|Sat, Dec. 1**
|MSR (min. 4 pts each)||MSR (min. 4 pts each)||2/4 March (4 pts)||3/4 March (2 pts)||6/8 March (4 pts)|
|Sat, Jan. 12
|Mini MSR (2 pts each tune)||2/4 March (2 pts)||2/4 March (4 pts)|
|Sat, Feb. 9
|CanCon H/J (min. 4 pts each)||Air, 6/8 March (min. 4 pts for march)||Two 6/8s (min. 4 pts each)||Strathspey / Reel (4 pts each)||2/4 March (2 pts)|
|Sat, Mar. 9 FINALS
|Medley||Medley (2-5 mins)||March Medley^ (2-5 mins)||Medley (2-5 mins)||Medley^||MSR^||March Medley^ (2-5 mins)||Medley (2-5 mins)^|
* AGM and elections
** Dec 1 – Presentation of Eastern Ontario CS awards
^ Finalists in these categories may utilize tunes submitted at earlier Knockout contests
March 9, 2019 is Finals night. The top three competitors from each Ottawa Knockout category will be invited to compete.