$10 – $30

Handstands for Hope

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Vanderbilt University Recreation and Wellness Center

2700 Children's Way

Nashville, TN 37212

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Join us for a mesmerizing display of athleticism and support the effort to end depression and other mental illnesses. 50% of profits and 100% of donations at the event will go to the Brain Institute at Vanderbilt. The brain deserves the same care and treatment as every other part of the body! Brain research can also help patients fight suicide. Suicide claims a life every 12 minutes in the U.S. alone! Please come and show your support for this field of research.


Competition:

Competitors will attempt to battle their way through 10 stages of increasing difficulty on their hands only! The finalists will receive special recognition and the grand champion and age group champions will be awarded. In addition, the organization with the most athlete entries and the top 3 organizations with the most finalists will be awarded. This is an athletic spectacle like you have never seen before!

Spectator tickets are available at the door:

General: $10

Children 4-11: $5.00

Children 3 and under: FREE

Vanderbilt University or Vanderbilt Medical Center I.D.: $7

T-shirt: $10

(T-shirts will be available at the event only in limited supply. Click on tickets and pre-order your t-shirt by November 25th to ensure size and availability!)



Competitor information:

Registration is $30 and includes a t-shirt! Register by November 25th and specify your t-shirt size to reserve your t-shirt (we cannot guarantee t-shirt availability for competitors who register after November 25th.) Competitor registration closes December 9th.

All competitors must sign the waiver in order to participate. (Minors must have it signed by a parent/guardian).

https://handstandsforhope.waiverfile.com


If you enjoy handstands, you will love this competition! Not everybody will conquer all 10 stages, but if you can do a handstand, we encourage you to try! Beginning stages offer a moderate challenge and latter stages feature staggering difficulty. Only a few will advance to the final stage.

Competitors will be divided into 5 age groups. Up to the top 15 per age group will advance to the finals. When 15 or fewer competitors remain in an age group after a stage, they will advance to the finals.

(Example: 16 competitors remain in age group 2 after stage 7. Another stage is necessary to determine the finalists. 4 competitors remain in age group 2 after stage 8. Only 4 competitors from age group 2 advance to finals.)

If more than 15 competitors in an age group complete the first 9 stages, they will all advance to the finals. All finalists will receive special recognition and the top 3 competitors from each age group will receive awards. One athlete will be named the overall champion.


Team competition!

In addition to individual success, team glory is up for grabs! The 3 organizations with the most competitors in the finals will receive 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards, and the organization with the most competitors total will also receive an award. Ties will be broken with the best individual result per team. Matching team apparel is strongly encouraged (not required but definitely more fun!) Which team will dominate the competition?

(In order to compete as a team representing your organization, one person from your organization will need to be assigned as the organization manager. As the organization manager, you will click on the green "TICKETS" button, then click on "Organization", then click on "CREATE ORGANIZATION". If you have an eventbrite account you will then sign in. If not, then click on "SIGNUP" underneath the text "New to Eventbrite?".

Once you have signed in, you will type the name of your organization and a password. Now that you have created your organization group, you will need to share the password with your teammates in order for them to register as part of the group. Note that the organization manager is not required to buy a ticket, but clicking on the "TICKETS" button is the simplest way for the organization manager to create the group.

For teammates to register as part of the group, they will simply click on the green "TICKETS" button, then click on "Organization", then type the organization name, click on it, then enter the password you provided them. We are trusting that all team members are affiliated with your organization (clients, employees etc.) Remind all team members to click on group registration, instead of individual registration.)



Attire: Competitors may be asked to remove long dangling necklaces or other jewelry if it presents a safety hazard. Clothing that obstructs vision while in a handstand may also be deemed a safety concern. Whether or not jewelry or attire is deemed a safety concern is at the sole discretion of event organizers. Competitors may wear shoes (no heels!) or opt to wear no shoes. Wrist braces, wraps, tape etc. may be worn.

Rules: Competitors may advance until they experience 2 incomplete attempts on the same stage. The first stages test one’s ability to perform handstand walks safely. Every other stage is a handstand walking course, the first including no obstacles and the last including many difficult obstacles.

The initial placement of the hands must be behind the start line at the beginning of each course and both feet must be off of the floor before the first hand placement over the start line. The initial placement of all or even any part of the hands over the start line or the first hand placement over the start line with one or both feet still on the ground, results in a warning for that stage after which the competitor may try again. Any subsequent occurrences result in an incomplete attempt.

Only the hands may touch any part of each course. The attempt is incomplete if any other body part, including the head, touches the floor or any other part of the course between the start and finish lines. Even after both hands have crossed the line, if any other body part except for the hands touches any part of the course, the attempt is incomplete. We strongly encourage that competitors aim to show a completely inverted handstand well behind the start line and well beyond the finish line to avoid any doubt of completion, and remember that feet may only touch down outside of the course area.

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