District Conferences

In consideration for the health and safety of our members, advisors, and judges due to the COVID Pandemic, Michigan DECA will hold the 2020 District Competition in a virtual format.  While this is not an ideal scenario, and while we would love to see everyone in a face-to-face setting, the safety and well-being of our advisors, students, staff, and volunteers will always be priority number one.

For new and returning DECA members, this conference is their first chance of the year to put their marketing and business knowledge to the test in their chosen competitive event.

Students may compete in individual or team events. Students will take an online test before the conference, and then compete in a roleplay case situation in front of a judge.


Dates and Deadlines for all District Conferences:

Registration Deadline – November 16, 2020

Online Testing for District Conferences – November 17-23, 2020

District Payment Due to Michigan DECA – December 16, 2020

Please note that chapter and/or school deadlines may be earlier than those posted here.  Please check with your Chapter Advisor for more information.

District 1 Conference – December 2, 2020
District 2 Conference – December 3, 2020
District 3 Conference – December 4, 2020
District 4 Conference – December 9, 2020
District 5 Conference – December 10, 2020
District 6 Conference – December 11, 2020
District 7 Conference – December 14, 2020
District 8 Conference – December 15, 2020


District Conference Awards Presentation

The awards presentations will be aired on the Michigan DECA YouTube and Facebook pages at the times indicated below.  Once the live broadcast is over, it will be able to be played on-demand.

District 1 – January 12 at 9:00 a.m.
District 2 – January 12 at 11:00 a.m.
District 3 – January 12 at 1:00 p.m.
District 4 – January 13 at 9:00 a.m.
District 5 – January 13 at 11:00 a.m.
District 6 – January 13 at 1:00 p.m.
District 7 – January 14 at 9:00 a.m.
District 8 – January 14 at 11:00 a.m.

Tips for watching the sessions:

  • We encourage you to have your officers’ assist with the presentation of the awards.  If you need to, you may pause the broadcast to allow for the presentations.
  • You will not be able to fast forward during the live broadcast, but you will be able to fast forward and reverse when watching on-demand after the original live broadcast.

Student Procedures

  1. You will receive an email the afternoon before you compete from Ann Day at 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.  You will have ten minutes to login to the competition prep-room.
  3. When you login, you will see your event information.
    • 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.
  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 in TDM events) 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.
  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.
  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 in January.
  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.


Conference Reminders

Students need to sign the Delegate Code of Conduct and give them to the chapter advisor.

Even though students are participating in the conference remotely, students must be in business attire.

Number of Competitors Allowed in Each Event
Chapters are limited to how many students they are allowed to register in each competitive event, which is based on the chapter’s membership.  See the chart on the Event Guidelines page.

Membership Policy
All students registered for the conference must be paid members of Michigan DECA. Advisors need to submit membership rosters are at least one week prior to their respective district conference. If a student registered for a conference does not attend, or drops out of the marketing education program prior to the conference for which they are registered, they are still required to pay the membership fee, and if necessary, a $5.00 late payment penalty per member.

Online Testing
Online testing will be utilized for all District Conference Comprehensive Exams.  The online test score will count as 1/3 of your overall competition score.  Once registered for the District Conference, students will be automatically registered for online testing for the test that corresponds to their competitive event.  Refer to the Online Testing webpage for more information.

Click here for information on accessing the Practice Testing Portal, which is free and open to all submitted Michigan DECA members.

Written Events
No written events will compete at the District Conference; they proceed directly to the State Conference.

Judges Needed
Judges are an integral part of the conference. Each chapter must supply one (1) judge for every ten (10) students registered.  If a chapter does not fulfill their minimum number of judges at the conference two (2) weeks prior to the conference date, the chapter will be charged $50 for each judge they are short. This fee includes judges that are no-shows at the conference. It is the chapter’s responsibility that your recruited judges attend and assist at the conference. Former students must have been out of high school for at least three (3) years before being allowed to serve as a judge.

NEW FOR 2020-2021:  Judges cannot work the same conference as the chapter that recruited them.  On the Judge Signup Form, they will rank their preference of dates.  They will be assigned based on when your registration was received. Our goal is to confirm the date with the judge directly within a week of submitting the Signup Form.

Refunds will not be given after the conference registration date.

Event Changes
Once a student has taken the Comprehensive (online) Examination, and they wish to change events, they can only change to an event that takes the same exam that they have taken.

Medallions with yellow and blue ribbons will be awarded to the top scores in the comprehensive (online) exam and the judged competitive event.

Medallions with red, white, and blue ribbons will be presented to the top overall finalists in each competitive event. These individuals will be eligible to represent your district at the State Career Development Conference.

The number of finalists attending the State Conference will be set according to the submitted memberships in each district, by November 23.

After competition, and once scores are tabulated, Michigan DECA will mail medallions to chapter advisors.  We will host a Virtual Award Ceremony in January where the State Officers will announce the students that have won medallions.

Each participant is expected to have a pencil, or a black or blue pen, scrap paper and a calculator for each event. Markers and sharpies are not allowed.

Prep-time will be “open book”, so participants are welcome to use a second electronic device (other than the one they are using to connect with the judge), but looking up too many items will use up their prep-time.

Participants in the Team Decision Making Events are encouraged to either be together (but socially distant or masked), or communicate using a secondary device during their prep-time.

Please refer to the Competition Information (button on the right) for more information.

Substitution Policy
Please be aware of Michigan DECA’s Substitution Policy before signing up for any team events. Students should understand that they will not be able to compete if one of them is unable for any reason to attend the next level of competition.

Complete information about the conference can be found in the Advisor’s Michigan DECA Guide. Also refer to the memo sent by your District Conference Chairperson.