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Riff Off Rules:

Our version of the Riff Off is inspired by all three “Pitch Perfect” movies, and samples rules from each one. The purpose of the riff-off is to have a fun competition between A Capella groups, and decide a winning group by testing harmony, improvisation, and performance. The winner usually wins some type of prize or trophy, but the real prize is bragging rights.

Version #1:

To start participiating groups are split up into an order. Then using the "Words" tab, a random word is generated. A group from either side must run to the middle and start singing that uses that word. (The word must appear within the first line of singing) They then stop at any point (after 20 seconds). The word they left off on now becomes the next team's starting word. If they can sing a song with the new word within 15 seconds, the competition cycles through to the next team. If they cannot then that group is out. The competition restarts, using the "Words" tab to generate a new starting word.

Variation: If you want to make it harder, you can require a word's validity to be tested. If a team ends on a word that the next team cannot play off of, they must prove it's validity by singing a new song that also uses that word.

Version #2:

To start participiating groups are split up into an order. Then using the "Categories" tab, a random category is generated. A group from either side must run to the middle and start singing a song that fits in that category. Once the team starts singing the next group has 30 seconds to run in the middle and interrupt the singing group with another song in the SAME category. (Note: unlike the original ones, our version does not require the groups to interrupt on the same word or phrase). The round continues until a group cannot come up with a song in the set category (repeats are not allowed). Once that happens the group who blanked is "cut off". Then a new round starts by generating a new category.

Variation: If you want to make it harder, you can eliminate repeated songs between rounds.
[ I.E. if a group uses "Love Story" during the 'Love Songs' round no group can use it for the 'Taylor Swift' round. ]

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