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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Competition Schedule

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Overall Point System for the 2015 Homecoming Competition

 Royalty Candidate Sponsorship – 300 points possible

All royalty applicants will need to submit an application. A group of judges will narrow down the applicants to a minimum of four (4) kings and four (4) queens. The remaining two (2) candidates will be selected based on their application and interview, allowing for a maximum of six (6) queens or six (6) kings.

 Interviews are based on a scale of:

  • 15% for GPA
  • 15% for Community Service
  • 20% for Maverick Pride
  • 20% for Academic Honors & Scholarships
  • 30% for University Involvement


  • Teams will receive 50 points for submitting two (2) candidates.
  • Teams will receive 75 points for each candidate that is chosen for the homecoming court (maximum of two (2) candidates).
  • A team will receive 50 additional points if one, or both, of its candidates are crowned king or queen.
  • Each team may submit two (2) candidates: one king and one queen, two queens, or two kings.

Spirit Photo Contest – 110 points possible

Spirit photos will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Originality and Creativity                           25 points
  • Correlation to Homecoming theme           25 points
  • Overall Impression and Quality                 25 points
  • Overall top three teams                             25 points

Rules: All photos must be submitted by Friday, October 2 at 3 p.m. to the Student Activities Office, CSU 173. Photos must have “Maverick Takeover: Forever Purple and Gold”, your organization’s name, and the University’s name, in the form of “Minnesota State University, Mankato” on the photo. Photos must be at minimum 1920 x 1080 pixels in JPEG format. Use of photo shop to enhance photo is encouraged. If any of these regulations are not met, the photo will not be shown, and your team will not receive any points.

Ten (10) bonus points will be awarded to teams that use a panoramic photo.

Homecoming Photo Hunt  – 125 points possible

Competition teams will receive 25 points if they partake in a photo scavenger hunt around campus.  They will be given a list of locations and pictures they need to take (in creative ways).  Teams will receive 5 points per photo taken and 10 points per bonus photo taken, for a maximum of 100 points. 

Rules: The Homecoming Photo Hunt will take place Friday October 9th  from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Teams will go around campus and take pictures of items on the list given.  Each team will only have 45 minutes to complete as many photos as they can.  Each team will be given five (5) points for every item and 10 points for every bonus item they take a picture of on the list for a maximum of 75 points.  Each team will need to check-in to receive the list and return to the check-in table within 45 minutes.  Teams will lose one (1) point per minute after 45 minutes, if tasks are completed.  All photos need to be on one (1) camera. No camera phones allowed. A minimum of five (5) team members must be present in all photos, not including the member taking the photo.

Dodgeball Tournament – 75 points possible

Each team will receive 50 points for entering a team of six (6) people. Only one (1) dodgeball team will be allowed to participate per competition team excluding residence communities who may have more than one (1) team. Points will be given to the top two finishers in each division:

  • First Place                  25 points
  • Second Place             15 points

Food Eating Contest – 75 points possible

Each team that enters will receive 25 points for each participant (maximum of two (2) participants).
Points will be awarded to the top three finishers:

  • First Place                   25 points
  • Second Place             15 points
  • Third Place                  5 points

Rules: There will be four rounds consisting of three heats, one for each division. The winners from each division will compete in the final round. Contestants must remain seated at all times. They cannot use their hands or any other tools. Each plate must be completely eaten. One judge will determine the winner of each round. Two judges will monitor for infractions. Judges decisions are FINAL!

 Cram-A-Van - 275 points possible

This is Homecoming's opportunity to give back to the Mankato community. Each team will receive points for the weight of their non-perishable food items donated ( one (1) lbs. is equal to one (1) points, not to exceed 200 points). There will be extra points awarded for the three teams that donated the most items:

  • First Place          75 points
  • Second Place     50 points
  • Third Place         25 points

Lip Sync Contest – 175 points possible

Each team will earn 100 points for participating in this event.

Additional points will be given to the top three teams:

  • First Place                   75 points
  • Second Place             50 points
  • Third Place                  25 points

The contest will be judged on:

  • Overall performance                                      20%                
  • Originality                                                       15%
  • Choreorgaphy                                                 15%
  • Teamwork                                                      10%
  • Someone lip syncing at all times                    5%
  • Correlation to the homecoming theme          15%
  • Knowledge of song lyrics                               20%
  • All routines must be performed on the space provided in Bresnan Arena.
  • Each team will be assigned a song. The rest of the music will be chosen by each team at the informational meeting. Teams will come with a list of 10 additional songs, and in an organized manner, teams will get to choose their songs. You can only use the music that your team has selected. The teams will end up with five (5) songs, every song must be used during the performance.
  • By Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 8 a.m., you must come in to the Student Activities Office, CSU 173, and show your music for approval, as well as explain the routine.
  • Each routine must be between four (4) minutes and eight (8) minutes long.
  • No obscene actions are permitted.
  • No alcohol, drug, or sexual connotations are allowed.
  • At all times, someone from your team must be lip syncing to the music or points will be deducted.
  • All items must be removed from the performance area following the performance. Items left on the stage will result in a point reduction.
  • Must sign a waiver in order to participate
  • If you do not follow the above rules, your team will be disqualified.

Parade Entry – 310 points possible

The parade is Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm. Lineup starts at 10 a.m.  Look for signs and future information about the Parade. Teams that enter a float or parade unit will earn 100 points for participation.

Parade Route
The Parade Route will be remain the same as 2014. Line up will begin at 10 a.m. and the parade will begin at 12:00 p.m.

Earning Points
As stated above, each team will earn 100 points for entering a float, car, or marching/walking unit. Teams can earn additional points based the following:

  • Correlation to Homecoming Theme                    30 points
  • Originality and Creativity                                       20 points
  • Quality of Work                                                      50 points

Additional points will be given to the top three teams:

  • First place entry          100 points
  • Second place entry       75 points
  • Third place entry           50 points

*Addtional 10 points will be given to the teams that perform a 3- second segment from their Lipsync routine at the designated performance area along the parade route. Only teams that actively participate in the Lipsync competition on thrusday night can participate in the one-minute performances.

Teams will lose 100 points for turning in a parade application and failing to enter a float or parade unit on the day of the Homecoming parade.

If the team does not get their application in by October 8, the team cannot participate in the parade.  No late entries are accepted.


Competition Winners Announcement

Competition and All-Spirit Award winners will be announced during the football game Saturday, October 10th. Teams are asked to attend, as they need at least five (5) members to be present to accept their award.

This announcement will take place around 3:30 p.m.

Additional Notes:

  1. Any infractions of the rules or regulations outlined in this packet will result in the loss of points or disqualification from the Homecoming competition. In the event of an infraction, the Student Events Team and Homecoming Committee reserve the right to determine the point loss or disqualification.
  2. Student Activities reserves the right to address any improper behavior including, but not limited to, deducting points.   
  3. In the event of a tie, the Student Events Team shall decide the winner based on contribution to Homecoming in the areas of enthusiasm, effort, and participation. The Student Events Team’s decision will be final. 
  4. There will be a mandatory team meeting Thursday, September 24 at 5:00 p.m. in CSU 173 (Student Activities Office).
  5. Please refer to the official Homecoming website at for more information regarding more rules and event details.
All Homecoming events are held in wheelchair accessible facilities. Anyone needing special assistance should contact the Student Activities office at 507-389-6076 at least 48 hours prior to the event. MN Relay: 1-800-657-3789 (MRS/TTY).

 The following can be downloaded at

  • Team Applications
  • Royalty Applications
  • Parade Registration
  • Dodgeball Registration