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Spirit Week Competition Rules

Spirit Week is our student competition where all Drexel Dragons are invited to form teams, or join one as a free agent, and compete in the week's events. Learn more about the events below. Select the following button to register your team for events.

Register as a Team

Overarching Competition Rules

  • Teams can be made of a minimum of four members.
  • Team members may compete in multiple competitions during the week, although we do suggest that the captain try to have all team members participate in at least one event.
  • Team members who are not involved/registered for a particular event are encouraged to come to the event in their gear for extra Spirit Points.
  • You MAY NOT be a member of multiple teams!
  • Designs, performances, acts, general event behavior, etc. should be tasteful and not include obscene language or offensive imagery. This includes, but is not limited to, racial, ethnic, or sexual orientation slurs.
  • Designs, performances, acts, general event behavior, etc. may not reference or contain images of alcohol, drugs, nudity, or explicit sexual content.
  • No team member during any event should be found disrespecting and/or arguing with any judges, hosts, students, or professional staff. If you have questions or concerns during or after the event, you may address them to Matt Macer, assistant director of Recreation, at or Ariel Basch, assistant director of Student Involvement and Leadership, at
  • Failure to comply with any of the above rules may result in disqualification.

Spirit Points:

  • Pride Points: 5 points per person (20 point maximum)

    • Eligible events include the Bonfire, Battleship, Variety Show, and Basketball game.
    • Having 4+ people with gear/swag visibly identifying a team name during an event.
  • Awards:
    • Individual Events
      • 1st place: Gold Medal (1 per team)
      • 2nd place: Silver Medal (1 per team)
      • 3rd place: Bronze Medal (1 per team)
    • Spirit Week Competition
      • 1st: $1,000 in DragonCard Dollars to be split between team members
      • 2nd: $500 to spend in the Drexel bookstore to be split between team members
      • 3rd: T-shirts for the team

    The final awards will be given at the Men's Basketball game during halftime. A minimum of four members must be present at the time of the award distribution for the team to receive the prize in full.

Competition Events and Rules

Window Decorating – Friday, January 10 through Sunday, January 12, Rec Center Lobby

Check-In Process:

    Beginning Friday, January 10, groups can stop by the front desk of the Recreation Center anytime during normal operating hours to pick up supllies and choose a window. All designs must be completed before the building closes on Sunday, January 10 at 10 p.m.


  • The Drexel University community will evaluate and judge the paintings throughout the week. Community members may vote once by visiting the front desk of the Rec Center before the votes are collected and counted at the end of the business day, 5 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2020.
  • All painting materials will be provided by the Homecoming Window Decorating Committee. Participants/groups are not permitted to use their own materials.
  • Painting on any other window will result in loss of opportunity to participate.
  • Every effort should be made to not get any paint on the walls or other areas around the assigned window.
  • Any cost to clean up the area around your window will be charged to your organization.
  • Windows will be selected on a first come, first served basis.
  • The team must be entered in the overall Spirit Week competition.
  • Points will be awarded based on the scoring criteria below:


  • Craftsmanship: 20 points
    • Neatly executed designs
    • Use of basic design elements
  • Creativity: 30 points
    • Original design
    • Creative use of space given
  • Drexel Spirit: 50 points
    • Use of Drexel University in design
    • Representing Drexel in a positive way

Total Points Available: 100 points 

Bonfire – Monday, January 13, 6 p.m., Race Street Lawn

Check-In Process:

  • Members must sign in at the designated table by 7:30 p.m. to be eligible for the pride points listed above.
  • The captain must have the team signed up on the GoogleSheet for "Bonfire."


  • Members must sign in at the designated table by 7:30 p.m. to be eligible for points per the rules below.

Battleship Competition – Tuesday, January 14, 8–10 p.m., DAC Pool

This is a can't-miss event. Watch or take part in a Battleship-style event at the DAC pool.

Battleship Event Details: Tuesday, January 14 from 8–10 p.m., DAC Pool

Check-In Process:

  • All participants should arrive by 7:30 p.m. to complete the swim test.
    • You must be there when your heat is called. We will not wait more than two minutes for individuals.
  • Have all four members report to the check-in table.
    • You will be required to sign waivers.


Rule 1: Team Composition and Requirements

  • The heat shall be played between four teams of four players each.
  • A minimum of three members are needed to initiate play.
  • Attire: Swimwear is preferred, but participants may wear t-shirts or any athletic clothing instead of bathing suits. Boat shoes or sandals are permitted and recommended; sneakers and boots are prohibited. Goggles are strongly recommended, but not mandatory.
    • NOTE: Participation is contingent on passing the swim test.

Rule 2: Equipment

  • Each team will receive three buckets and one shield (kickboard). Teams can distribute their equipment throughout the boat in any order.
  • Water guns/launchers are not permitted.

Rule 3: Object of the Game

  • Teams attempt to sink their opponents by throwing water from their buckets into their opponents' boats.
  •  The last boat afloat in the final round will win the tournament.

Rule 4: Game Play

  • At the start of a round, the boats will be evenly spread along the perimeter of the battle waters. An official will instruct the canoes to push off towards the center of the pool. An official will then blow a whistle to start play.
  • Players must be sitting or kneeling in the bottom of the boat to begin.
  • Teams may engage as soon as the starting whistle is blown.
  • Players may throw water with their buckets, shields, or hands at their opponents.
  • When play is paused by an official, all play must stop, including throwing water and moving the boat within the pool.
  • Boundaries are outlined by backstroke flags and lane lines.

Rule 5: Tournament

  • Over 16 teams: Single elimination
  • Under 16 teams: Double elimination with losing bucket

Rule 6: Elimination

  •  A team is eliminated when:
    •  Its canoe capsizes or entire canoe is underwater.
    •  A game official rules a team is eliminated due to unsportsmanlike conduct or dangerous play.
    •  If a canoe receives more than three penalty buckets.
  • Once eliminated, the game officials will stop play until the eliminated team and its canoe clear the playing area.
  • Play will continue until only one canoe remains afloat in the round.

Rule 7: Restrictions

  • Players may not remove water out of their own canoes.
    Penalty: Replacement of water at official's discretion plus one large penalty bucket.
  • Players may not touch an opponent, opponent's equipment (in the possession of an opponent or in the pool), or an opponent's boat.
    Penalty: One large penalty bucket. Any intentional act of tipping an opponent's canoe may result in team disqualification.
  • A team may never possess more than three buckets and one shield.
    Penalty: One large penalty bucket.
  • Players must immediately freeze when an official's whistle is blown.
    Penalty: One large penalty bucket.
  • If a player falls out of or intentionally leaves their team's boat.
    Penalty: One large penalty bucket and that player will not be replaced.
  • If a player falls out of the boat, play will stop, the player will get out of the pool, the team will play shorthanded, and play will resume on the official's whistle.
  • If a team is intentionally stalling to avoid contact with the other boats.
    Penalty: One large penalty bucket.
  • Any player who uses foul language, violently protests a call, or curses at an official, staff member or opposing participant may be removed from the activity and will affect their score.


  • 1st Place: 100 pts
  • 2nd Place: 90 pts
  • 3rd Place: 80 pts
  • 4th Place: 70 pts
  • 5th Place: 60 pts
  • 6th Place: 50 pts
  • 7th Place: 40 pts
  • 8th Place: 30 pts
  • 9th Place: 20 pts
  • 10th Place: 10 pts

Variety Show – Wednesday, January 15, 8–10 p.m., Behrakis Grand Hall

Participants will be putting on a show in this Homecoming competition event. Even if you're not in the show, this will be an event you don't want to miss. Examples of potential acts: Original song performed by team member(s), skit, performance of talent (such as jump roping or yo-yoing), etc.

Variety Show Event Details: Wednesday, January 15 from 8–10 p.m., Behrakis Grand Hall

Check-In Process:

  • Participating teams must come with all participating members to the check-in table by no later than 7:45 p.m.; check-in is available 7:15 p.m.

Additional Rules:

  • Entering Music (if needed)
    • Music must be sent via email in an easily readable file by Monday, January 13, at 5 p.m. to
    • The email should be labeled as "Homecoming Spirit Competition Variety Hour-(Team Name)"; if it is not sent as such, your team may be disqualified.
    • In the email please mention the time frames you want music played; may be no more than five minutes in length.
    • Your track can be a mashup of songs.
    • Participants must stay in the designated area on the stage during their performance.
  • Performers cannot pull people from the crowd.
  • Performers cannot throw things into the audience.
  • No obscene language or profanity may be used. This includes, but is not limited to, racial, ethnic, or sexual-orientation slurs.
  • All performers must be registered and current Drexel students.
  • All performing team members should be there for the entirety of the event.


  • Guidelines: 10 points
    • All performers must meet the criteria of the contest by:
      • Adhering to all guidelines listed in Rules & Regulations
      • Submitting all necessary materials and checking in within the deadline
  • Crowd Reaction: 20 points
    • Crowd engagement
    • Applause during and at the end of the event
  • Creativity: 30 points
    • Personality
    • Originality
    • Creative use of props, costumes, scenery, etc.
  • Drexel Spirit: 40 points
    • Positive use of Drexel University in talent

Total Points Available: 100 points

Team Quizzo – Thursday, January 16, 9–11 p.m., Behrakis Grand Hall

Check-In Process:

  • Participating teams must come to the check-in table by 8:30 p.m.; you may check in starting at 8 p.m.
  • Teams will be given points and counted as participating via writing their team name appropriately on their score sheets each round.


  • Teams can have 4–10 members per Quizzo team.
  • No cell phones can be used during rounds. If a team is caught with phones, they will be penalized. Points may be deducted; or, if it is a recurring issue with the team, they may become disqualified.
    • Phones can be used during breaks. The host will indicate when phone use is permitted.
  • Only one official team can be entered for the game.
    • Additional teams may be made for fun.
    • To avoid confusion, if your team makes an unofficial team, that group may not use the official team name or anything in its likeness.
  • No team members should argue with the host at any time. Arguing may result in disqualification of the team from this event.


  • All points awarded will be based on your team's correct answers in the game. The total points your official Spirit Team receives at game's end will be the points added to your team's Spirit Week Competition score.
  • Points will be tallied by the UrbnSEEK host and their team, as they are for all Dragons After Dark events.

Men's Homecoming Basketball Game – Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m., Daskalakis Athletic Center

Support our Drexel Dragons as they take on the College of William & Mary (W&M) ! We'll also be announcing our Homecoming Court and the Royal Dragon, and honoring the teams that win first, second, and third place in the Homecoming Week Competition.


*Each event will have a gold, silver, and bronze medal team winner. In addition, participating teams will have a chance to win first, second, or third place in the weeklong competition. The final awards will be given during halftime at the Men's Basketball game.

  • First Place – $1,000 in DragonCard Dollars to be split between team members
  • Second Place – $500 to spend in the Drexel bookstore to be split between team members
  • Third Place – Commemorative t-shirts for the entire team

*A minimum of four members and maximum of 15 must be present at the time of the award distribution for the team to receive the prize in full.