Capital One® All-America Mascot Team
National Mascot of the Year Online Voting Rules and Criteria

How the Capital One All-America Mascot Team Was Selected

The 12 members of the Capital One All-America Mascot Team were selected from among the entries received from the 238 eligible NCAA Division IA and Division IAA schools that feature a football team. A panel of five (5) judges from Capital One, ESPN, and the mascot community used the following criteria to determine the 12 team members:
  • Interaction with fans and demonstration of the mascot's originality, ability to create enthusiasm among the fans, and contribution to an exhilarating atmosphere.
  • Originality, creativity and professionalism of mascot appearance or costume.
  • Demonstration of good sportsmanship.
  • Involvement in community service.
How the National Mascot of the Year Will Be Selected

The Capital One National Mascot of the Year is determined by a combination of online voting (50%) and judges' ranking (50%).

Voting
Voting for the Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be conducted through an online poll hosted at www.capitalonebowl.com. Everyone is eligible to vote. Each person is allowed to cast only one (1) vote per day during the 2003 competition. In cases of multiple votes, fraud, or abuse, Capital One reserves the right to eliminate all votes cast. Eligible votes are those received between 8:30 a.m. ET August 28, 2003 and 5:00 p.m. ET December 22, 2003. Votes received after 5:00 p.m. ET Dec.22, 2003 will not be counted. Capital One reserves the right to determine an eligible vote. Decisions of Capital One are final.

Anyone casting an online vote may want to consider the same criteria used to select the 12 members of the Capital One All-America Mascot Team.

Selection Criteria
The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be selected from the 12 members of the Capital One All-America Mascot Team. The selection will be based upon the following: (1) the final standing of the 12 mascots after the original judging that selected the members of the Capital One All-America Mascot Team, and (2) the results of the online poll conducted on www.capitalonebowl.com.

The following formula will be used to select the Capital One National Mascot of the Year:

Each mascot will be assigned a point value based upon the final standings of the 12 mascots after the judging. The top mascot based on the judging will receive 12 points, the next highest will receive 11 points and so on through 12th place, which will receive 1 point. Upon the completion of the online poll on December 22, 2003, each mascot will once again be assigned a point value based upon the final online poll standings. The mascots receiving the most votes will earn 12 points, the next highest will receive 11 points and so on through 12th place, which will receive 1 point. The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be selected based on the cumulative total of points received from criteria judging and online voting. In the event of a tie, the panel of judges (that selected the 12 members of the Capital One All-America Mascot Team) will conduct a tie-breaking vote. Each judge will cast his or her vote for the one mascot involved in the tie that he or she feels best embodies the criteria listed above. There will be an odd number of judges. The votes of the judges are final.

The decisions of the judges are final. Capital One reserves the right to change voting criteria in its sole discretion to prevent fraud or abuse at this Web site.

Prizes
Each school selected to be a member of the Capital One All-America Mascot team will be awarded $5,000, for use in scholarships and funding of its school's mascot program. The National Mascot of the Year will receive an additional $5,000 (total of $10,000) for its school's mascot program.
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