You could also argue that once the team starts shouting a call/response, their time has started.
Slam NUBA has a pretty well known call and response "Slam NUBA" "We cut heads!"
Their youth scene, Minor Disturbance, also respond to their team name with "No bedtime!"
Again, these could arguably fall into the Influencing the Crowd rule, but no one has ever tried to protest it
One final question, and I will use a NPS example just because it's the only cross reference I can think of that fits.
In a indie or team based slam environment, was there ever any ruling regarding teams/ groups of people/etc all calling out a phrase just prior to a poet performing?
Like- Poet (be it a poet on a team or an indie event) gets called to stage. Just prior to poem, ten people scream, "We scream for Ice Cream" and ten other people reply "We Ice Cream for scream" referring to the poet on stage who is from the famed Ice Cream area of the country.
Is that just considered moral support these days and lumped into the 'go in poet' randomness of a crowd, or does the orchestrated play and effect have some ruling here in file-land?
Thanks again folks, I just want to be more edumacated (like educated, but you know, not)
Generally, poets are allowed to use their given environment and the accoutrements
it offers - microphones, mic stands, the stage itself, chairs on stage, a
table or bar top, the aisle - as long as these accoutrements are available to other
competitors as well. The rule concerning props is not intended to squelch
the spontaneity, unpredictability, or on-the-fly choreography that people love
about the slam; its intent is to keep the focus on the words rather than objects.
Refer to Section V (Definitions) for further clarification on what is and is not
a prop. Teams or individuals who inadvertently use a prop (for example, a
timely yet unwitting grab at a necklace) can be immediately penalized two
points if the MC of the bout deems the effect of the violation to have been
appreciable, but sufficiently lacking in specific intent. A formal protest need
not be lodged before the MC can penalize a poet or team in this way, however,
the decision of the MC can be appealed after the bout. Teams or individuals
whose use of props in a poem appears to be more calculating and the result of
a specific intent to enhance, illustrate, underscore, or otherwise augment the
words of the poem will be given a retroactive score for the poem equal to two
points less than the lowest scoring poem in that bout. This deduction, which
can only be applied after a formal protest has been lodged against the offending
team, will not be made by the MC, but by a special committee assembled
for this purpose.
Prop: an object or article of clothing introduced into a performance with the
effect of enhancing, illustrating, underscoring, or otherwise augmenting the
words of the poem.
Influencing the crowd before the bout begins.
Poets are allowed to talk casually with anyone in the crowd before the bout
begins (except the judges, if they have already been chosen). They are not,
however, allowed to give anything to the audience or have anyone do this for
them. Furthermore, inside the venue (in the presence or within earshot of the
audience) they must not act in any way that would make more of an impression
than another competitor waiting for the competition to begin. Poets who
violate this rule will be given one warning by the MC, Bout Manager,
or house manager. Further violation will result in a two-point penalty for
that poet’s score (or his team).