The CLASP ‘Virtual Highland Games’ 2021 Competition Information

In response to the cancellation of many Highland Games, that CLASP would normally be in attendance at, The CLASP has announced a ‘Virtual Highland Games’ for 2021.

The CLASP Competition format will run as a Video Submission Competition and events will be offered for  Grades 1,2,3 & 4. The CLASP is excited to announce the addition of grade 4 events for our online competitions. *Please note: Grade 5 pipers can opt to play up in grade 4 events.
We are also delighted to announce that The CLASP ‘Virtual Highland Games’ will have some prizes Sponsored by R. G. Hardie & Co. Bagpipes
Competition Timeline:

Closing date for registrations- Sunday 30th May 2021 (Midnight UK time)
Tune submissions deadline (for grade 2 and grade 1 competitors) - Sunday 30th May 2021 (Email tune submissions to
Announcement of competitors selected tunes (selected by the judges) and video recording Information will be published on- Friday 4th June- This information will be published on the News Section of The CLASP website.
Competitors Recording Window – Friday 4th June – Sunday 13th June 2021
Deadline for competitors YouTube video links - All YouTube links should be emailed to by midnight (UK time) on Sunday 13th June.
Result announcement- Saturday 26th June at 9pm  (UK time) via video link on the CLASP Facebook Page and results will also be publish on the News section of The CLASP website and on



Grade 4 
Piobaireachd (Ground and next variation (Singling only))
2/4 March (The musical requirement for the 2/4 march event, is one four-parted or two different two-parted 2/4 marches)
Strathspey and Reel – should consist of one 2-parted strathspey and one 2-parted reel. Pipers can submit the first 2 parts of a 4 parted tune for either the Strathspey of Reel.
Jig – Minimum 4 parted

Grade 3
Piobaireachd Event (Own Choice)
2/4 March Event (Own Choice)
Stathspey & Reel Event (Own Choice)
Jig Event (Own Choice)

Grade 2
Piobaireachd Event (Submit 2 tunes of choice, one will be selected)
2/4 March Event- Minimum 4 parted (Submit 2 tunes of choice, one will be selected)
Stathspey & Reel Event - Minimum 4 parted (Own Choice)
Jig Event - Minimum 4 parted  (Own Choice)

Grade 1
Piobaireachd Event - (Submit 3 tunes of choice, one will be selected)
2/4 March, Strathspey & Reel Event - Minimum 4 parted (Submit 2 Marches, Submit 2 Strathspeys, Submit 2 Reels. One of each will be selected) *Please note that this is one event and required to be played as a straight MSR event (Do not stop between the March and Strathspey and Reel).
6/8 March Event -Minimum 4 parted  (Own Choice)

Competition Rules (For CLASP Remote 'Video Submission' Competition)
CLASP membership rules apply fully for any remote CLASP events
CLASP Grading rules apply fully for any remote CLASP events

Competition Event Rules:
CLASP admin will set out the tune requirements via the CLASP website prior to the opening of competition entries and this information will also be displayed on the competition entry form via the members area of the CLASP website.
CLASP members should enter all remote CLASP competitions via the membership section of the CLASP website, within the advertised registration time frame.

VIDEO Submission Rules
- Competition video submissions should be recorded in the date window outlined by the CLASP
- All entries will be video submitted using the free platform, You Tube.
- Videos should be submitted separately for Light Music and Piobaireachd events.
- One video link only is required for Light Music events and one (separate) video link is required for Piobaireachd.
Light Music events should be recorded in one video take and the recording should not be paused or edited. Competitors can include tuning and can stop between events to retune or drink water, but the video should not be stopped.
- Each video submission must be made in one complete take (no editing allowed), but use as many attempts as you want.
- CLASP competitors should introduce themselves at the start of their video recording and include the following information: Name/ Grade /Light Music or Piobaireachd event/ Name of Competition and year. For example: My name is John Smith and I will be taking part in the Grade 3 Light Music events for the CLASP Competition, 2020. (This information should also be included when uploading your competition recording(s) on You Tube. Please see the video link below, which was recorded by CLASP admin and includes the basic steps to correctly uploading a video privately on YouTube using a smartphone and then emailing the link:
- For Light Music events, competitors can stop between events to re tune or have a drink of water. (But should not stop the video recording until all events entered are complete)
- Competitor's videos should show most or all of the body, including your head. Videos must be lighted properly so your face and hands can be clearly seen. Videos with poor lighting or sound may not be accepted.
- Competitors are allowed to tune up prior to starting their performance and between events, just as you would in a regular competition setting.
- Video submissions should be uploaded to You Tube and then competitors should email the video link(s) to by the set deadline.
- CLASP recommends that competitors list their uploaded video submission as 'Unlisted'. 'Unlisted' videos allow you to control who can view your video and only those you share the link with can view the video submission.
- All video submissions must be emailed to CLASP admin by midnight (UK time) on the closing date of video submissions.
- CLASP admin will share each competitors’ video submission link with their relevant judge for the adjudication process.

Once the closing date for video submissions passes, competitor’s videos links will be sent to their relevant judge(s) for the adjudication process.

Announcement of Winners
Winners will be announced in a Facebook video announcement approximately one week following the close of competition video submissions and results will also be posted on the news section of the CLASP website.
Crit sheets will be emailed out to each competitor following the announcement of results. Please allow a few days for this admin process.

Performance Dress
Highland attire is required (unless circumstances prevent due to travel restrictions)

Performance Rights
By entering this competition, all performers give CLASP permission to publish their performances in part and/or in full on the digital/social media channels selected for the competition