Regional Sign-A-Song


A . Novice – one who is beginning to learn sign, has had no more than three sign language classes and has entered the sign a song contest no more than two years.

B. Hobbyist – one who signs on an occasional basis and strictly for fun. One who has entered the sign a song contest more than two years.

C. Group – two or more people signing.

D. Expert – one who signs professionally. Ineligible for Best of Show, but looking for opportunity to encourage others to participate.



  • Each state may send one entry in each category to the regional competition. Selection of the state winners is under the jurisdiction of the State Grange
  • Participants are to supply the National Youth Development Director with three copies of the words to the song they are signing.
  • Participants must provide their own music. A CD playerand speakers will be available.
  • Anyone who is a professional instructor or receives money for signing may only enter in the expert category. Expert category entries are ineligible for the Best of Show. If there is a professional signer in a group entry, it is only eligible in the Expert category.
  • Signers must use total communication techniques: Sign Language, facial expressions, mouthing of words for lip reading, finger spelling if appropriate, and body movement.
  • Participants must be Grange members.
  • Props and costumes are not allowed, rhythm is optional.
  • Only one song may be signed during the competition performance.
  • Participants must sign their own name and song title.
  • Participants must inform the audience and judges what type of sign language they will be using. (Pidgen, ASL, ESL, etc.)

Judging Guidelines

Utilization of Total communication skills
Sign language ability, signs clearly with correct interpretation
32 points
Body expression, displays emotion, expresses key thoughts
with body movement, mouth words for lip reading
30 points
Presentation, interpret with confidence, uniformity (group) 25 points
Song selection is appropriate, with a clear meaning and is
suitable for the participants signing ability
10 points
Signed their own name 1 points
Signed title of Song 1 points
Informed judges and Audience of type of sign language being used 1 points
Total 100 points

National Grange will provide ribbons for each regional contest for first, second and third.

Best of Show
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place

The Best of Show will receive a special award and an additional cash award of $25 and be eligible to showcase at the National Grange Convention in November.

To be eligible to participate in National Showcase, you must advance from your local region.

Showcase acts will receive $100.00 for participating.

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