Rule 1: The JAM master is god. No questions or arguments once the final decision has been made.

Rule 2: To object, slam the table and say “JAM”. The JAM master decides when you are allowed to put forth your objection.

Rule 3: You get a penalty if the competition objects on any of the following counts:
– You object out of turn
– You stutter, stammer, and generally indulge in “time-wasting tactics”.
– These include efforts to buy time like interspersing your talk with “uhh”, “aah”…
– Early start and late start
– Speaking too fast or too slow
– Grammatical errors
– Undue stress on words, undue emphasis in the sentences
– Repetition of a previously used idea
– Not following the “random rules” as set by the JAM master. For example, the most popular random rule was “Praise Guntas before objecting”. If you forget to do so or the JAM master thinks that the praise was not good enough, you will not be allowed to object and lose points for an incorrect/bad objection.

Rule 4:  The total time is sixty seconds, inclusive of all the time that all the speakers in a given round are allowed to speak .

(More general rules: No Hesitation, Deviation or Repetition)

Battle of Wits
Battle of Wits

Points are given in the following manner:

– Positive points for every second that you speak
–  Positive points for every correct objection
– Negative points for every incorrect objection
– Bonus points for being the last speaker

The winner is the person with the maximum number of points at the end of the round.

Rounds (Timing purely based on the number of participants):
Following are the kinds of rounds you could expect in a JAM –

• Normal
• Normal(with delight)
• Alphabetical order of sentences
• Reverse alphabetical order of sentences
• Disconnect
• Rhyming

Advanced Rounds
• NO 2/3 Letter words
• Story round

JAM Master’s Delights
• Say your name before JAM
• Say the other one’s name before JAM
• Movie Dialogue before every JAM
• Mimic a teacher before every JAM
• Choice of cuss words before a JAM
• Dance before every JAM
• Others’ dance steps before every JAM
• Creative criticism before every JAM

This is how a JAM runs and the rounds can be adaptable and applicable to a variety of modifications. Be prepared for anything and come what may, do not hesitate or give up mid-way!