Oyáte Iápi Akíčhiyapi Wóophe Kiŋ – The Language Bowl Rules

  1. The YOUTH competition is open to students in Middle and High School. An adult may not enter into the youth competition.
  2. The ADULT competition is open to all adults. However, a youth or youths may join the adult category with the permission of the Language Bowl Committee.
  3. Teams must have a minimum of three participants on stage. Teams can have a max of four participants on stage. Each team can have a max of 6 team members. However, only a max of 4 can be on stage during the competition.
  4. A participant may not be on two teams in the same competition. Meaning a participant cannot be on two youth teams. Or a participant be on two adult teams.
  5. Two teams from the same organization may be entered into each category (ex: school, language table, etc.). However, an organization may not enter more than two teams in each category (youth or adult bracket).
  6. Teams must be checked in no later than 8:45 am. The competition will begin at 9:00 am with the reading of the competition rules, a quick review of game equipment, and an opening invocation.
  7. Teams who are not present at competition time will have a grace period of 5 minutes before forfeiting. Participants and teams who disperse do so at their own risk. Lunch break will be announced ahead of time to give upcoming teams fair notice.
  8. All teams will be given a whiteboard, eraser, and dry-erase markers to use during competition.
  9. During the competition, the moderator will read a word aloud in English or show a picture of an object.
  10. Teams will be told to either write down or draw a picture of the word.
  11. The teams will have 30 seconds to write down or draw the picture.
  12. Once the 30 seconds is up the teams MUST stop writing or drawing. If they do not stop writing they will not be eligible to score. Teams are not allowed at this point to change the answer they wrote or drew.
  13. The teams one by one will show their answer and read it aloud.
  14. For each question the teams can score up to two points. One point for writing/drawing the answer and one point for proper pronunciation of the word/sentence.
  15. Since there are many Dakota/Lakota alphabets, the judges will score for the written portion by judging if the spelling is approximate or close to the generalized way of spelling the word.
  16. The judges will then score for the spoken portion of the answer by assessing if the word has correct pronunciation. Meaning correct aspiration, word stress, guttural sounds, and anything else deemed necessary by the judges to determine proper pronunciation. If the participant does not say the word loudly enough, the participant will be allowed to repeat it ONCE for clarification.
  17. After all the teams have shown and said their answer the Judges or Moderator will then say the correct answer, and say aloud how many points each team has scored.
  18. If a team spells or draws the correct answer but does not say it properly they will score 1 point. If a team says the answer properly but does not have correct spelling or incorrect drawing they will score 1 point. If they have the correct spelling/image and proper pronunciation they will score 2 points.
  19. The YOUTH competition will be run in three 30-minute time periods. A 10-minute break will be given in between the 30 minute competitions. The adult competition will be run in two 45 minute competitions.
  20. All words for translation will be chosen by whoever is the Moderator at the time. The Moderator will randomly choose words from the study guide packet.
  21. If a team or participant tries to cheat by spying on another team they will be disqualified from the competition.
  22. Coaches and spectators will refrain from giving hints or answers. Questions will be forfeited should this occur and a new question will be asked.
  23. Good sportsmanship will be displayed by all contestants, coaches and spectators. Teams should be gracious during competition, whether participating or watching, and at the end of the intervals the teams should be gracious to each other and exit the stage in a timely and orderly fashion. Also at the end of the competition all the teams should shake hands.
  24. In the Youth competition third round and in the Adult competition second round, the teams will be given a Dakota phrase. The teams must translate the whole phrase into Dakota and given a written and oral answer. Additionally, the teams might be given the first half of a phrase in Dakota and the teams must finish the whole sentence. The teams must write and speak the answer aloud.
  25. At the end of the YOUTH and ADULT competition the top three teams will compete in a 10-minute final competition. At the beginning of the final competition the teams will all start from zero points to give every team an equal chance to win. At the end of the final competition all the teams will be asked a final question. The teams will be asked how many points they want to bid on their final answer. They can only bid points from the number of points they earned during the final round. Whoever has the most points wins 1st place, the team with the second most wins second place and the team in third most wins third. If there is a tie the teams will be asked question until a winner is determined.
  26. In the final competition, the teams will be given a word. The teams must put the word into a sentence. They will write out their sentence and say it out loud. The teams cannot use the same sentence pattern in consecutive answers. If they do so they will not be eligible to score any points.
  27. Negative behavior by any individual or group during the competition will automatically disqualify them from the competition, at the discretion of the Language Bowl committee. No drama or insults, either from students or adults.
  28. If a team disagrees with the decision of the Judges, the coach may bring up the issue with the Language Bowl Committee in a constructive non-confrontational way. The Language Bowl Committee will listen to any and all complaints however, ALL JUDGES’ DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

Please remember the Language Bowl Committee, the Judges, and the Moderator are doing the best job they can. They are human so they will make mistakes. The Language Bowl Committee recognizes that this is a competition so the teams want to win, but in the end when we speak the language everyone wins.