Most points systems tend to award points when a competitor places in a final.

The MJPI aims to give competitors a sense of progress and so points are earned every time you compete at a competition (see Background for an explanation on how the MJPI came about).

You can earn points in three different ways for each category you compete in: enter, progress and place.

**Entry Points**- enter the competition (available regardless of how many entries there are in a given category).**Progression Points**- progress through subsequent rounds of a category (affiliated competitions only).**Placing Points**- if you place 1st, 2nd or 3rd in a Tier 1 category with a minimum of 6 entries otherwise only Entry Points apply. Only placings at Affiliated competitions qualify as placing points.

The points you earn add up together to give your Basic Points:

= Entry Points + Progress Points + Placing Points

Summary for Affiliated and Non-Affiliated Competitions:

Affiliated | Non-Affiliated | |
---|---|---|

Entry Points | ||

Progress Points | ||

Placing Points |

Compare the points you received for each category you entered. The category with the highest number of points will be the one that is added to your points score in the MJPI. Only one points score will be added for each competition.

For example you enter DWAS, Freestyle and Lucky Dip. Each category will each receive a given number of points based on how far you progressed, say:

- DWAS = 55
- Freestyle = 20
- Lucky Dip = 14

Only the one with the highest score of these three will be added to your overall points score, so in this example you will receive 55 points at that competition.

Each points entry has an associated *Lead Quotient (LQ)* to specify what proportion of the points are for leading with the remainder being for following.

When you register for a competition you'll specify for each category whether you're leading, following or doing a bit of both. We use this information to allocate the *Lead Quotient* for each points value which will then nicely separate out your points for each skill (lead / follow).

There is not a separate points path for leading and for following this is because when you are judged your leading and following skills are not being judged separately while you are on the dance floor.

For DWAS where you will either lead or follow, the lead quotient will always be either 1.0 or 0.0.

For categories involving one or more partners you'll specify on your registration form which dance role you'll be performing, you can even specify that you'll be doing a mixture!