Cooks may cook on any fire or heat source. (Wood, Charcoal, Gas, Electric, Pellet, Sous Vide, etc.)
SCA events are judged by a panel of judges and will be in a "blind judging" format.
Each cook/registrant is encouraged to have some type of fire extinguishing device at their cook site.
The cookoff promoter will provide all competition steaks for the event to create a level playing field. No other ribeye steaks are allowed at a cooks site. Registrants are subject to random ice chest inspections by any SCA Representative.
The SCA standard for steaks is a minimum of 1 1/8" thick, boneless, choice, ribeye steak.
Turn in times will be announced at cooks' meeting and will not be changed once announced. (SCA Rep may make exceptions based on weather.)
Standard judge tables are either 4 judges or 5 judges based upon the number available. If 4 judges are used, the the 5th judge is added as a perfect score.
Cooks may not register for overlapping events in different cities on the same day. Cooks must sign the turn in ticket at the time of turn in.
The spouse of an SCA Rep is not allowed to cook in any event that his or her spouse is officiating.
Grills may be used by more than one cook. Each registrant must cook their own steaks and may only turn in one steak per competition. Cooking steaks for another registrant in the same competition will result in a disqualification.
SCA Certified Judges must have completed an SCA Certified Judges Class and be an SCA member in good standing.
In case of a total tie score (score is tied in all categories) the prize money will be split between the cooks. Example: In a total tie between two cooks for first place, the prize money from first and second place will be added up and divided between the cooks. The rep will flip a coin to decide who gets which trophy. If the tie is for first place, both cooks would be offered a Golden Ticket. If one of them is previously qualified, the second ticket may not be passed down. If both are qualified, only one ticket will be passed down.
If there is a total results tie in the top ten, both cooks will be awarded the same points.
If a number is called and no one claims the award within one hour after awards, the prize will go unclaimed. The results will not be affected, and SCA Points will remain the same.
The winner of every SCA-sanctioned event will be invited to the SCA World Championship. If the winner of the event is not a member at the time of the win, he/she will have until the following Monday at 8 AM CST to become a member. If the cook does not become a member, the invitation will roll down to the highest placing member (no lower than 10th place.) If there are no cooks eligible for the invite, the invite will become an "At Large Bid."
If a registered team notifies the Rep in advance that they will be arriving late, another team may select their steaks for them. The team on site will draw a chip in the absent cook's name and pick for them in the order of that token. Then, after selecting the second steak, the on-site team will give the absent team's steaks to the SCA Rep, who will hold onto the steaks until the absent team arrives.
If a head cook wants to register after the cooks meeting begins, the can do so but they must wait until after registered cooks complete their steak selections.
A team must get approval from the SCA Rep to allow someone else to select their steaks for them.
A head cook may register for one entry per each category for both Steak and Ancillary categories.
The minimum age to compete in the adult categories (steak & ancillaries) is 13 years old. They need to do their own steak selections, seasoning, cooking, and steak turn at the event.
If a certified judge wants to cook and judge on the same day, they may cook Steak A and judge Steak B only and must attend the judges meeting.
Exchanging of turn in tickets is a disqualification for both cooks.
The SCA logo is trademarked and cannot be used to sell merchandise without SCA consent.
All decisions by SCA Reps at an event are subject to office review.