Event Guidelines


To be eligible to compete in Michigan DECA’s competitive events program, the student must be a paid member of Michigan DECA and enrolled in or a completer of a marketing education program.

Tie Breaking Procedures

  1. At all conferences, All decisions of the judges are final. Michigan DECA will not re-evaluate the judges’ decisions. Michigan DECA will investigate, and if necessary correct any tabulation errors.
  2. In the event that there is a tie between overall finalists at the State Conference in an event with an exam, the exam score will be used to break the tie, followed by the participatory event score for the event labeled “1”, then followed by the participatory event score for the event labeled “2”.
  3. In the event that there is a tie between overall finalists at the State Conference in an event without an comprehensive exam, the tie will be broken by the score for the interview, then the judges’ overall impression, followed by the categories worth the most points.

Please note that there are usually several excellent projects and competitors. The difference between first and second place could be as little as one point. All decisions of the judges are final.

District Conference competitors

Information for the 2021-2022 school year will be posted in the fall.

State Conference competitors

Information for the 2021-2022 school year will be posted in the fall.

1. The number of SCDC qualifiers from each district will be determined annually based on the number of paid memberships by November 30, as a percentage of the total state-wide DECA membership. Each district will be guaranteed a minimum of four (4) participants and a maximum of ten (10) participants per individual event at the State Career Development Conference. There will be approximately 68 participants for each individual event, and 50 for each Team Decision Making Event at the SCDC.

2. If there is an extra slot(s) due to rounding, it will be given to the smallest district(s).

3. If an event at a District Conference has less students competing than the number of qualifiers allocated for the state conference for that district, then the number of qualifiers will be reduced to half of the allocation. This is done because each student competing at the State Conference must earn their way there by placing at their District Conference.

4. Competitors in the Individual Series, Principles, Team Decision Making, Financial Consulting, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, and Professional Selling Events must qualify at the District Conference level in order to compete at the State Conference.

5. The following chart lists the number of entries allowed per chapter for each written event at the SCDC: (will be updated and posted in the fall)

6. Chapters may enter one (1) team of three non-Seniors in the Leadership & Teamwork event (LTW).

7. Chapters may enter one (1) team of two Seniors in the Ethics Team Event (ETH).

8. Participants in the Stock Market Game, and the Virtual Business Challenge Events will not compete at the State Conference. ICDC Qualifiers in these events will proceed directly to the International Career Development Conference, through the process established by DECA Inc. These students will not attend the State Conference unless they are competing in another event.

9. Chapters participating in School Based Enterprise that receive the Gold Certification or Gold Re-Certification have the option to bring 1 to 3 student manager(s) to present their work at the State Conference, if they are not in an event that is competing Friday morning. This practice competition will follow the International Career Development Conference guidelines. The top five teams will receive recognition at the Saturday Session. Teams that receive the Gold Certification or Re-Certification do not have to attend the State Conference; they can advance directly to the International Career Development Conference.

10. Participants may only compete in one event, with the exception of Chapter Awards Program (CAP), Gold Merit Award Program (GMAP), and School Based Enterprise (SBE).  Participants in CAP and GMAP may compete in another event that competes on Friday (roleplay events).  Students in SBE may compete in another event that does not conflict with SBE’s competition time slot of Friday morning.


2021 Written Event Competition Overview:

Michigan DECA will follow the DECA Guidelines for all written events.  Due to the virtual nature of completion this year, some of the processes we use for the events have changed.  These changes are outlined below:

  1. The portal to upload written events will open on February 12, 2021, and close on February 16, 2021. Once all events have been uploaded to the judging portal by the chapter advisor, Michigan DECA staff will upload the projects to Turn-it-in.  Volunteers will penalty point the projects, and then Judges will evaluate the written portion.  The only events that do not have to be uploaded are the Chapter Awards Projects and School-Based Enterprise.  The Ethics Team Event must be uploaded between March 1 and March 5, 2021.  Additional information on that event will be in next week’s update.
  2. We prefer actual signatures on the Statement of Assurance, but because of remote learning, we will accept electronic signatures this year only. We will still penalize the project if a signature is missing.  This includes the chapter advisor’s signature.
  3. Judges that participate in the presentation portion of the competition on March 12, 2021, will have access to the complete written event that they will be judging. They will be instructed to review only the executive summary prior to evaluating the presentation.  They will not be evaluating the written portion of the project.
  4. Written Event participants will present using Doxy, the same platform that we used for District Conferences.
  5. Chapters will be provided the opportunity to reserve a day so they can practice using Doxy with their members. They will be able to reserve one day for every ten projects that they submit.  This sign up will open on February 17, 2021, for chapters to select a date between February 19, 2021, and March 5, 2021.
  6. Students will be able to show premade visuals for the written, consulting, and selling events. We recommend that the visuals are in a PowerPoint format. We have found that display boards are hard to view/read.
  7. After discussing the visuals with Judges that evaluated at the district competition in the selling and consulting events, we have the following recommendations. Please note that these are not requirements.
    1. The judges stated that they are more interested in seeing the students present their findings. The visuals are secondary.
    2. Too often, the students kept asking, “can you see this” when they had display boards, and that question interrupted the flow of their presentation.
    3. We recommend for the students open their presentation without any visuals, then incorporate a few visuals that support their work, then return to complete the presentation without any visuals.
    4. While it is no longer a requirement to allow time for questions from the judges, we recommend leaving a few minutes at the end for questions from the judges during this virtual competition. We often hear of judges scoring a bit lower when they are not afforded this opportunity.
  8. The time limits noted in the guidelines will be enforced by the Event Coordinator.

Student Procedures

  1. You will receive an email the afternoon before your presentation from Michigan DECA that provides a one-hour window of when you will login to compete.
  2. On the competition day, during your one-hour window, you will receive an email from the Event Coordinator that indicates that it is time for you to compete, and the link to the judging room.  You will have ten minutes to login to the competition prep-room.
  3. When you login, you will see your event information.
    • Written Event, Selling, and Consulting Event (FCE, HTPS, PSE) participants will wait in that room until they are called in to present to the judge.
    • Individual Series and Principle Event participants will have 10 minutes to review the case study.  After 10 minutes you will be called in to compete.
    • Team Event Participants will have 30 minutes to review the case. After 30 minutes you will be called in to compete.
    • Note: if competition becomes backed up, you may experience longer waits in the prep room.  If you have questions, you can message the Event Coordinator or your chapter Advisor.
  4. Because of social distancing requirements, team members should compete from their own home, unless they reside in the same household. Both members should log into the prep room when instructed to do so.   During the prep time, you should plan to communicate by using a phone, since you will not be able to do so when you are in the prep room.

Competition reminders

  1. Students should be dressed in business attire.
  2. You are not allowed to have assistance from anyone other than your team member(s) while in the prep room or when competing.
  3. The event will be presented to you through your reading of Performance Indicators and Event Situation. You may make notes to use during your presentation.
  4. Only for the 2020-21 year, your prep time is open book, you may use other materials or a second device during your prep time. These materials may not be shown during your presentation with the judge. You will be penalized 20 points if you show any materials prepared in advance, or for showing any devices or props to the judge (participants in Written, Selling, and Consulting Events are exempt from this rule).
  5. You will be responsible for supplying your own paper and pencil or pen with black or blue ink. No other colors of ink, wide markers, materials, props or pre-made visuals may be used (participants in Written, Selling, and Consulting Events are exempt from this rule).
  6. Because of the virtual format for the event, the judge may not be able to see any drawings that you create during your prep time. Please be prepared to describe them during your presentation with the judge(s).
  7. If you are participating from school – Turn in all your notes and event materials when you have completed the event to your chapter advisor.
  8. If you are participating from home – All your notes and event materials must be disposed of when you have completed the event.
  9. Participants competing from home must also complete the Judged Event Honor Code after you have competed. https://forms.gle/Z7pLysmB4xBiW2a99
  10. You may not discuss the event with anyone, until you receive your evaluation form back from your advisor.
  11. Please contact your chapter advisor if you have any questions on these procedures.
  12. You are to be congratulated for participating in this conference, we wish you well with your presentation to the judge.