Pinnacle Scoring 2010

Scoring – Total of 400 Points Available

Difficulty – 100 Points

This category is scored on the degree of difficulty that the competitor's routine contains as a whole. Only moves that are successful will be taken into account when determining the competitor's difficulty score. If a competitor attempts a trick and does not hit it, and does not go back and attempt it again, the trick will not count towards the competitor's difficulty score. Difficulty can come in several forms. It could be the level of difficulty in one individual move. It could be the combination of a series of moves put together, or it could even be the way a bartender hits their moves to the music or the beats.

Originality – 100 Points

This category is scored on the amount of original content in the competitor’s routine. Competitors will earn points for original flair moves, styles and sequences. Judges do not want to see moves, sequences or entire routines that they have already seen. Competitors who have signature moves will be rewarded in this category. However, competitors are encouraged to create and add new content to their routine to score as well as possible.

Smoothness – 50 Points

This category is scored on the flow in which the competitor executes their moves. To score well in this category the routine should be smooth and not choppy. The competitor should transition their moves very well. Moves should blend together and not have breaks for re-adjustments in between. The competitor should maintain smoothness throughout the different sequences they perform. If a competitor has many drops that interrupt their routine, they will lose points in smoothness. There are different types of smoothness, very dependent on each particular competitor's style.

Variety – 50 Points

This category is scored on the variety of different moves the competitor performs and variety of combinations of objects they perform with. The more aspects of flair they display the higher they will score. If the competitor is repetitive with their moves they will score lower here. If a competitor performs their routine with the same combination of objects, they will score lower. (example: If the competitor were to do their whole routine with two-bottle tricks, even though they might not repeat moves, they would score lower here than someone who does bottle/tin, two-bottle, two-tin/one-bottle & three-bottle tricks, as long as the latter competitor, also does not repeat moves).

Overall Entertainment – 100 Points

In this category, the bartender should not be just flipping bottles, but entertaining both the crowd and the judges. They should be able to break down the imaginary wall between competitor and crowd. A bartender's choreography or physical style may play a part in this category. The bartender's routine should flow with the music and not be just flipping bottles with no concern for the music. The energy of their routine will play a large roll in their score in this category.

Penalties and Deductions

One (1) Point per Occurrence

• Spills of liquor, mixer or beer that exits the bottle or container and does not make it into the drink. Spills may occur during pouring or flipping. Competitors will be penalized for obvious spillage.
• Drops of any bottle, shaker tin, glassware, or bar tool that leaves your control while attempting a move and hits any surface. Competitors will be penalized one drop for every object they lose control of and do not catch.
• Indirect Breakage of any glass object that happens as a result of no direct action from the competitor. For example, if a bottle is dropped and bounces several times before breaking, this will be considered an indirect break.
• Missing or wrong ingredient. This includes garnishes and straws.
• Unintentional Empty Bottle Flair, per occurrence.

Five (5) Points per Occurrence

• Direct Breakage of any glass object that happens as a result of a direct action from the competitor. Competitors will receive one penalty for each object that breaks. If you attempt a trick with three bottles and two of them break, you will receive two separate penalties.
• Intentional Empty Bottle Flair, per occurrence.
• Unsanitary or improper procedure that would cause concern from a guest, co-worker, manager, or health inspector. An example of this would be scooping ice with a glass or any object other than an ice scoop, ice tongs, or mixing tin

Fifty (50) Points per Occurrence

• Missing, unservable or incomplete drink that is not appropriate to be served. This will be determined by the judges. An example of an unservable or incomplete drink would be a drink that is only half full or missing several required ingredients.
• Not including the required sponsor brands in either the working flair drink or the exhibition flair specialty drink.