What is the name of this system?
O.U.R. Scoring System belongs to the B-Boys and B-Girls. It is something that cannot be duplicated or replicated by any corporation worldwide because of the complexities and theories behind it. The system is Objective, Unified and Real-time. Together we call it… O.U.R. System.
How can the entire world see B-Bboying as a legitimate dance/sport/artform, while understanding and respecting B-Boying in its true essence, while also becoming interested as true fans?
By a new, completely fair judging system which can educate the general audience of all the values and complexities of the dance, while bridging the gap between the audience, judges, and battlers.
How is the O.U.R. System unified?
The system is unified because all the different, general, vital and standard views of the dance are accounted for, united, and put at an equal level. These views are what makes up B-Boying in its entirety, and taking away any of them, or giving one a higher value than any of the other views will take away from the balance. For example, if foundation is the most important category, then everyone will only do foundation in order to win. The value of each view is not what is important, but it is the fact that the view is set in stone and accounted for.
How does O.U.R. system not force or limit B-Boys /B-Girls to dance in certain ways in which they do not want to express themselves?
The system does not force or limit B-Boys and B-Girls to dance in ways they do not want to, because the winner is determined by winning the majority of the five general standard views of the dance. For example, if a team is lacking in one of the views, they are still capable of winning, as long as they win a majority of the five views. If for some reason there is a split decision between the five views, then the scores of each category are added together and the “total combined category score” is what determines the winner.
Who determines the definition of each category?
Through O.U.R. Association world renowned officials of each view have and maintain a fair, agreed standard of what it means to judge or represent the definition of their respective categories. These standards will continually be perfected as the dance continues to grow into the future. All judges will eventually be certified on the basis of their knowledge and understanding of the agreed standards, in regards to their respective views and expertise.
How is the system transparent?
The system is transparent because of a real-time computer program which allows the battlers and the audience to see who is winning at any given time, what each judge is looking at, and the scoring in every throwdown (round by round) by a display on a video or projected scoreboard. This allows the audience to see who is winning based on the battle as it is judged in real time, as well as educating them about the values, views and complexities of the dance. The scores are also printed out and given to the crews immediately after the competition.
How do we know what each judge is looking at?
Each of the five judges is assigned to one view only, based on their expertise in that particular view. The officials agreed standards for the five separate views are how we know if the judge is being fair and objective in regards to the system.
How is the O.U.R. system objective?
The system is objective rather than subjective, because the judge is looking for the presence or absence of an agreed standard, rather basing their final sore on their own opinion. Each judge determines the quality level of their specific view, which is separated into five different possible scoring categories (none, poor, average, good and excellent). 10 of the most respected B-Bboys in each of the 5 categories, will be revising, maintaining and perfecting an “Agreed Standard” of how to judge each individual category, and what constitutes a perfect, good, average, poor or none. These Agreed Standards is what each future certified judge will be judging on
Why doesn’t one judge look at everything?
It is next to impossible for one judge to view a battle from all five separate views of the dance, while simultaneously determining the quality level of each and every throw down, round by round. In doing so, there may be many important elements and factors missed, and makes more room for human errors. At the same time, most judges are usually experts at one of the views and may lack the understanding or knowledge in other views in which do not lie within their area of expertise. For example, a dynamics judge who does not have an understanding of foundation should not be judging B-Boys on their foundation. Likewise, a foundation judge who lacks an understanding of dynamics should not judge B-Boys on their dynamics. It is simply easier for a judge to look at his or her specific field, and determine the quality level objectively, round by round, without any human error.