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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Competition Schedule

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Overall Point System for the 2013 Homecoming Competition

Royalty Candidate Sponsorship – 250 points possible

All royalty applicants will need to submit an application. A group of judges will narrow down the applicants to five (5) king and five (5) queen candidates based on their applications.

  • 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.

Maverick Spirit Photo Contest – 200 points possible

Each team that enters a photo of their group showing school spirit will receive 100 points.

Teams will have the opportunity to receive more points by getting people to vote for their team’s photo on the official poll on MavSync. A link to this poll can be found on the Homecoming website at The poll will be open from 10 a.m. Tuesday until 11:59 p.m. Thursday.

Points will be awarded to the three (3) teams that receive the most votes in each division:

  • First Place               100 points
  • Second Place            75 points
  • Third Place                50 points

Rules: Pictures must be submitted by 8 a.m. Monday, September 23, 2013 to the Student Activities Office, CSU 173 or emailed to the IMPACT Homecoming Chair at to participate. All photos must be submitted electronically in .jpg format. A team’s photo must include at least half of its members or 20 members, whichever is less, to receive points. Photos submitted must be deemed appropriate by Student Activities staff.

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Yell Like Hell Competition – 150 points possible

Teams will receive 60 points for competing in the Yell Like Hell competition. Teams will perform original cheers/chants that are 30 seconds in length. The cheer should relate to school spirit and the homecoming theme. Teams will be judged on the following criteria to earn additional points:

  • Energy and enthusiasm 25 points
  • Creativity and uniqueness 25 points
  • Clarity of chants 20 points
  • Selection and appropriateness of cheers and chants 20 points

Spirit Banner Contest – 100 points possible

Spirit banners 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 Bonus                  25 points

Rules: All banners must be submitted by Friday, September 20 at 5 p.m. to the Student Activities Office, CSU 173. Banners must have “Maverick Territory: Paint the Town”, your organization’s name, and the University’s name, in the form of “Minnesota State Mankato” or “Minnesota State University, Mankato” on the banner. Banners larger than 6’ x 6’ will not be accepted. The Student Activities Office, IMPACT Team, and the Homecoming Committee will NOT provide any supplies for the completion of your banner. All banners must have the ability to be hung up (holes if using a cloth, etc.) If any of these regulations are not met, the banner will not be shown, and your team will not receive any points.

Homecoming Photo Hunt  – 100 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 75 points. 

Rules: The Homecoming Photo Hunt will take place Tuesday, September 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 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.

Food Drive and Sculpture Contest – 325 points possible

This is Homecoming’s opportunity to give back to the Mankato community. Teams will receive one (1) point for every eight (8) cans donated or every 16 packages of ramen noodles. Items that are most needed by the food shelf will be assigned point values and distributed to teams within three weeks of Homecoming. There will be a maximum of 200 points for food donations. There will be extra points for the three teams donating the most items:

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

Teams will also have the opportunity to create a canned sculpture and receive additional points:

  • First Place                  50 points
  • Second Place             25 points
  • Third Place                 15 points

Rules: There will be a check-in table where your team will check-in and receive a location on Mav Ave for your sculpture. Throughout the time allotted only 10 members at a time will be allowed to work on the sculpture. There will be a way of noting who the 10 members are.

If at any time a committee member notices that there are more than 10 members working on the sculpture you team will have 25 items of the Committee’s choice taken from your sculpture and the second violation will result in disqualification.

Items that are in extra need by ECHO Food Shelf will give teams extra points. This year's point system can be viewed here: [PDF] PDF (57 KiB).

Canned Sculpture rules:

    • May use ONLY Saran Wrap and Cardboard to hold your sculpture together.
    • If any labels are damaged, the can will still be collected but you will lose that can as a part of your total.
    • The canned sculpture may be no larger than five (5) feet tall.
    • ALL aspects of the can sculpture MUST be built on-site.
    • After your sculpture has been judged, you will need to stay and help the IMPACT Team count and collect all food items.
    • All participants need to wear closed toe shoes, or they will not be allowed in the sculpture building area.
    • All items MUST be in your designated area by 11 a.m. in order to use them in the sculpture.

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                                      15%                
  • Originality                                                       15%
  • Creativity                                                        10%
  • Teamwork                                                      10%
  • Someone lip syncing at all times                   15%
  • 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 Monday September 23, 2013 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.
  • If you do not follow the above rules, your team will be disqualified.

Parade Entry – 300 points possible

The parade is Saturday, September 28, 2013 at noon. 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 is the same as last year.  Line up will be on Ellis Avenue by the Memorial Library and will go down Ellis Avenue then down Warren Street to the green parking lot. Look for more information about the parade at a later date.

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

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 September 20, 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 live country music set during the Homecoming Carnival. Teams are asked to attend, as they need at least five (5) members to be present to accept their award. The number of team members needed in attendance to accept award is subject to change.

This announcement will take place around 9 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 IMPACT 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 IMPACT Team shall decide the winner based on contribution to Homecoming in the areas of enthusiasm, effort, and participation. The IMPACT Team’s decision will be final. 
  4. There will be a mandatory team meeting Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 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.