Event Guidelines

District Conference Competitors

Eligibility
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.

Chapter’s number of competitors per event

  • Schools with 60 or less members by October 31: Each local school (area career center or comprehensive high school) may send a maximum of three (3) participants to each individual event. Two (2) teams in each TDM event and one (1) registrant allowed in the Financial Consulting Event, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, and Professional Selling events. This will allow a maximum of 102 participants per school. Chapters with 100% membership, chapters that receive the “Gimmie 5!” award, and new chapters will be allowed an additional participant or team in each event.
  • Schools with 61 to 109 members by October 31: Each local school (area career center or comprehensive high school) may send a maximum of four (4) participants in each individual event. Two (2) teams in each TDM event, and two (2) registrants allowed in the Financial Consulting Event, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, and Professional Selling events.. This will allow a maximum of 122 participants per school. Chapters with 100% membership, chapters that receive the “Gimmie 5!” award, and new chapters will be allowed an additional participant or team in each event.
  • Schools with 110 or more members by October 31: Each local school (area career center or comprehensive high school) may send a maximum of five (5) participants in each individual event. Three (3) teams in each TDM event, and three (3) registrants in the Financial Consulting Event, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, and Professional Selling events. This will allow a maximum of 158 participants per school. Chapters with 100% membership, chapters that receive the “Gimmie 5!” award, and new chapters will be allowed an additional participant or team in each event.
  • Schools that submit their membership roster after November 15: Each local school (area career center or comprehensive high school) may send a maximum of three (3) participants in each individual event. Two (2) teams in each TDM event, and one (1) registrants in the Financial Consulting Event, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, and Professional Selling events. This will allow a maximum of 95 participants per school. Chapters with 100% membership, chapters that receive the “Gimmie 5!” award, and new chapters submitting late rosters will not be allowed the additional participants.

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.

State Conference Competitors

  1. The number of participants for each district will be determined annually, upon receipt of the fall memberships received by November 30, as a percentage of the total state-wide DECA membership. Each district will be guaranteed a minimum of four (4) participants, per individual event, and a maximum of ten (10) participants at the State Career Development Conference. There will be 72 participants for each individual event, and 60 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 Financial Consulting, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, and Professional Selling Events will qualify at the District Conference level in order to compete at the State Conference.
  5. 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 Conference, through the process established by DECA Inc. These students will not attend the State Conference unless they are competing in another event.
  6. Chapters participating in School Based Enterprise that receive the Gold Certification or Gold Re-Certification have the option to bring 1-3 student manager(s) to present their work at the State Conference, if they are not in an event that is competing Saturday morning. This practice competition will follow the international 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 Conference.