There will be 3 monthly slams before the slamoff - January 28th, 2011, February 25th, 2011, and March 25th, 2011.
10 poets will make it to the slamoff on April 29th, 2011. Here's how they will qualify:
1. The winner and runner-up of each slam will automatically be qualified for the slam-off. If there six unique 1st and 2nd place poets, six slots within the 10 poet lineup are considered filled. If there are only 5 unique 1st and 2nd place poets (let's say Poet X wins the January slam and comes in 2nd in February, but the remaining 1st and 2nd place poets are different people), then only 5 slots are considered filled), and so on. It is possible that only 2 slots will be filled before the slamoff on April 29th.
2. The remaining 4 to 8 slots will be filled by poets cumulative scores for the three slams. If Poet X scores a 72 in January, a 82.3 in February, and 84.9 in March, but did not win a slam, he will have a cumulative score of 239.2 for the season. The poets with the most points will make it into the remaining slots available.
3. If a poet hosts a slam, they will be given a score for that slam that is the average of scores for that slam. A host who wishes to qualify for the slamoff will be required to compete in at least one of the three slams.
The slamoff will be seeded with the poets who won first place in three slams ordered by score. Second place poets will then be ordered by score. The remaining slots will be ordered by cumulative score for all three slams. Ties will be broken by a spirited game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. The top ranking poet will choose the order of the slamoff. If they choose go first, then the slamoff is ordered with the top ranked poet going first, the 2nd ranked poet going second, so on. If they choose to go last, then the lowest ranked poet goes first, and so on.
Top 4 poets from the Slamoff will make it onto the Tombstone Poets NPS team. If any poet drops off or is removed by the coach, the coach may select any poet who competed during the slam season to fill the vacancy. The coach is NOT required to select a poet who competed in the slamoff, regardless of rank in the slamoff.
iWPS season will be from May to July, the slamoff in August.
WoW season will be from September to December, the slamoff in January.
Direct any questions to the Tombstone Poets slammaster, The Klute, at firstname.lastname@example.org