Policies and procedures
Section 6: Competitive Event Definition and Criteria
6.1 Definition of Competitive Event
A 4-H competitive event is one in which 4-H members compete individually or as teams for special recognition. The 4-H Name and emblem are used to name and promote the event. The term “event” is used for 4-H divisions/classes and activities that are part of a larger program, which includes non-4-H competitive events, as well as those events exclusively 4-H. 4-H competitive events include judging contests, presentations, project exhibits and other performance events open to 4-H members. When competition is a major part of an event, it must be understood that competition is secondary to the education and development of youth.
6.2 criteria for Competitive Event
Criteria for competitive events in 4-H include:
- Sponsored/co-sponsored and/or conducted by Purdue University Extension Professionals and/or approved 4-H Volunteers (adult and youth volunteers).
- Approved by and/or conducted by Extension staff responsible for the event.
- Rules and regulations established by or approved by Extension staff responsible for the event.
- Open to participation by 4-H members from county, group of counties, district, state, region, or nation.
- Participants must be enrolled in 4-H during the current 4-H year.
- Approval has been obtained to use the 4-H name and emblem.
- Utilize the 4-H name and emblem in promotion and recruitment.
- Provide a safe and healthy environment with a positive educational experience for youth.