Best Girls Basketball Program 2015 Official Rules

USA TODAY HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS’

BEST GIRLS BASKETBALL PROGRAM OFFICIAL RULES

USA TODAY High School Sports (“Sponsor”) is sponsoring a national competition of high schools to recognize The Best Girls Basketball Program as determined by votes submitted by fans. Sponsor will select 255 active public or private high school Girls Basketball programs in the United States, which will consist of five (5) high school Girls Basketball programs from each State and the District of Columbia. Sponsor will publish the 255 schools’ names on www.usatodayhss.com, commencing on or about Feb. 23, 2015. There will be three (3) rounds of voting by the public to determine the ten (10) Best Girls Basketball Program. Voting is open to all individuals who are legal residents of the U.S. or District of Columbia and who are 13 years or older at time of voting.  Your computer must accept cookies, or any successor or similar technology, which may be used for the purpose of vote tracking. Ad blocking software on your computer needs to be disabled so that it doesn’t interfere with processing your votes. Individuals may vote multiple times but Sponsor will disregard or disqualify multiple votes submitted by means of software generated or other automated processes, or by other means not permitted by the Official Rules.

State Voting Round: Beginning at 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) Feb. 23, 2105 and ending at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) March 4, 2105 all eligible voters may submit votes by going to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ select a State or D.C. from the map posted on the website, and vote for one of the five (5) listed high school Girls Basketball programs in each State or D.C. The 51 Girls Basketball programs (one (1) per each State and D.C.) that receive the highest number of eligible votes will advance to the Regional Voting, along with the next top five Girls Basketball programs that received the highest number of votes, but did not win their State or D.C. A total of 56 Girls Basketball programs will advance to the Regional Voting Round.

Regional Voting Round:  Beginning at 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) March 6, 2105 and ending at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) March 12, 2105, all eligible voters may submit votes by going to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ select a one of the eight (8) Regions and vote for one of the high school Girls Basketball programs. One (1) high school Girls Basketball program for each of the eight (8) regions will advance to the National Voting based on the highest number of eligible votes received. The top two high school Girls Basketball programs receiving the most votes, among those that did not win their region, will also advance to the National Round. A total of 10 Girls Basketball programs will advance to the National Voting Round.

National Voting Round: Beginning at 12:00 p.m. (E.T.) March 13, 2105 and ending at 2:00 p.m. (E.T.) March 23, 2105, all eligible voters may submit votes by going to http://contest.usatodayhss.com/ and vote for one of the ten (10) high school Girls Basketball programs. At the end of the National Voting, ten (10) winners (First Place – Tenth Place) will be determined based on the high school Girls Basketball programs that received the highest number of eligible votes in the National Voting. 

Winner Notification & Prizes:  Each winning school will be notified on or about March 24, 2105. Sponsor will call the Director of the High School’s Athletic Dept., for each of the ten schools, during regular business hours and will leave no messages.  Failure to reach one of the winning schools by phone after three (3) attempts may result in disqualification, forfeiture of the prize, and selection of a substitute winner.

Prizes: First Place Prize: The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $1,000 and a banner [ARV: $1075]. Second Place Prize:  The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $500 and a banner [ARV: $575]. Third Place Prize The Athletic Dept. of the high school will receive $250 and a banner [ARV: $325]. Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Place Prizes: The Athletic Dept. of each high school will receive a banner [ARV: $75 each]. Total ARV of all prizes is: $2500. Prizes are non-assignable and nontransferable.  No substitutions allowed by winner.  Prizes are not redeemable for cash.  Prizes and individual components of prize packages are subject to availability and Sponsor reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value.  Winners are solely responsible for reporting and payment of any taxes on prizes. Except where prohibited, acceptance of any prize constitutes winner’s consent to the publication of the name and likeness of the schools, Athletic Director, and team members, in any media for any commercial or promotional purpose, without limitation the Internet, or further compensation. 

Participation:  Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify persons (and votes submitted by such individuals) found tampering with, abusing, impairing the administration, security , fairness, or proper operation of this promotion or who has not complied with the Official Rules, as solely determined by Sponsor.  In the event the promotion is compromised by a virus, non-authorized human intervention, tampering or other causes beyond the reasonable control of Sponsor that corrupts or impairs the administration, security, fairness or proper operation of the promotion, Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend, modify or terminate the promotion.  Should the promotion be terminated prior to the stated expiration date, Sponsor reserves the right to award the prize money based on the eligible votes received before the termination date.  Sponsor will not be responsible for failure to receive votes or other electronic communications due to transmission failures or technical failures of any kind, including, without limitation, malfunctioning of any network, hardware or software, whether originating with sender of Sponsor. Any promotion of this competition by participating schools  is at the discretion of the high schools provided that such promotion does not violate these Rules, is not objectionable, or illegal.  In the event of a dispute, all votes will be deemed to have been submitted by the owner of the ISP account from which they were sent.  For these purposes, an ISP account holder shall mean the natural person assigned to such ISP account by the Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning ISP addresses for the domain associated with such ISP account.  Any questions regarding the number of entries or votes submitted by the owner of an ISP account shall be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision.  In the event that any such provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, these rules shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein.

The Best High School Girls Basketball Program Contest is sponsored by USA TODAY High School Sports.  The decisions of Sponsor regarding the selection of winners, eligibility of votes, number of votes submitted, and all other aspects of the promotion shall be final and binding in all respects.  Sponsor will not be responsible for typographical, printing or other inadvertent errors in these Official Rules or in other materials relating to this promotion. If you have any questions or for a copy of this Official Rules, please contact David Scott at descott@usatoday.com. 

SUBJECT TO APPLICABLE FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL AND MUNICIPAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.