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Head-to-Head Competitions

by Ron Kurtus (revised 16 November 2016)

In a head-to-head competition, two opponents vie for the same prize or reward, while trying to stifle the rival's efforts. Contestants alternate between being on the offense and on the defense, as the competition progresses.

The criteria for victory may be submission by the loser or the decision of judges. In some head-to-head competitions, there are no clear winners.

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Offense

Offense is when one side is attacking or trying to score points and is directly trying to get the prize.

At some point in the competition, the opponent may take charge and put the contestant on the defense.

Defense

Defense in a head-to-head competition is when one side is trying to deflect the attack by the opponent. This may be trying to stop the opponent from scoring points, from taking the ball, or from defeating the contestant.

At some point, the side on defense can go on offense and attack their opponent's position.

Declaring the winner

The winner in a head-to head competition can be decided by submission or specific limitations to the competition. There are some competitions where they is no clear winner.

Submission

In some head-to-head competitions, the winner is decided by the submission of the loser.

Specific limits

Head-to-head competitions that have a set of rules and specific limits—such as time limits or points scored—can be decided by some criteria or the decision of judges.

No clear winner

In some competitions, there is no clear winner. This is often seen in business competitions, where one company may be ahead in sales, but since there is no end-point, they continue with their competition. Only in the case of a company driving the other out of business is there a clear winner.

Summary

Two opponents vie for the same reward, while trying to stifle the rival's efforts in a head-to-head competition. Contestants alternate between being on the offense and on the defense as the competition progresses. The criteria for victory may be submission by the loser or the decision of judges. In some competitions, there are no clear winners.


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