Event Guidelines

Membership Policy

To be eligible to compete in Michigan DECA’s competitive events program, the student must be a paid member of Michigan and National 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 Competition Guidelines
    1. 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) person or team will be allowed in the Advertising Campaign, Innovation Plan, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Financial Consulting Event, Franchising Business Plan, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, Professional Selling, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan and the Start-Up Business Plan 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 will be allowed an additional participant or team in each event.
    2. 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 or teams will be allowed in the Advertising Campaign, Innovation Plan, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Financial Consulting Event, Franchising Business Plan, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, Professional Selling, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan and the Start-Up Business Plan events. This will allow a maximum of 128 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.
    3. 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 or teams will be allowed in the Advertising Campaign, Innovation Plan, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Financial Consulting Event, Franchising Business Plan, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, Professional Selling, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan and the Start-Up Business Plan events. This will allow a maximum of 170 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.
    4. 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 or teams will be allowed in the Advertising Campaign, Innovation Plan, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Financial Consulting Event, Franchising Business Plan, Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling, Professional Selling, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan and the Start-Up Business Plan 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.
    State Conference Competition Guidelines
    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. The following events must qualify at the District Conference level, in order to compete at the State Conference. The top three places at each District Conference will advance to the State Conference, for a total of 24 entries: Advertising Campaign, Innovation Plan, Fashion Merchandising Promotion Plan, Franchising Business Plan, Sports & Entertainment Promotion Plan and the Start-Up Business Plan. These events must submit their projects for Written Event Screening. These events will compete on Friday at the State Conference.
    5. 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.
    6. Participants in the Stock Market Game, and the six 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.
    7. 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 at the State Conference, if they are not in an another competitive event that competes Saturday morning. Up to six teams will receive recognition at the Awards 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.

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