Host a High Five Tournament

Adam Rubin
Jun 25, 2019 · 4 min read

Press your palms against the rest to see whose high five is the best.

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Image from “High Five

A High Five is a handy way for happy friends to say “Hooray.”

It is also a collaborative demonstration of athleticism, creativity and humor that only truly flourishes under the pressure of organized competition.

To organize your very own High Five tournament at any school, summer camp or abandoned parking garage, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Pick a place and a time.

Step 2: Select your judges.

Step 3: Spread the word!

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Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, creators of the book “High Five

*OFFICIAL* High Five Rules and Regulations

  • Each team of two (2) is given a maximum of 60 seconds to demonstrate an original High Five technique that they have named in advance.
  • The judges will introduce each team and announce the name of the technique before each performance. Judges can not compete!
  • The technique must include at least one High Five.
  • An entourage is allowed, but must leave the stage before the performance.
  • Costumes, music and other theatrics are highly encouraged.

High Five competitions consist of two rounds:

  • Round 1 (freestyle): Each team performs a High Five technique of their own design.
  • Round 2 (compulsory): The top five teams from Round 1 will create a technique based on a name suggested by the judges. The name of the technique must be a surprise and competitors must not be given more than five minutes to prepare their unique interpretations. During this time, the judges may wish to introduce themselves to the audience and review the highlights of Round 1.
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Cover and interior spread from “High Five

Judging a High Five

1. Technical Merit
How difficult is the High Five? Does it require great coordination or agility?

2. Creativity
How interesting is the High Five? Is it unlike anything you’ve ever seen before?

3. “Fiveness”
Fiveness is defined as the quality which raises a High Five past the level of everyday greeting into the realm of transcendent art/legendary physical achievement.

The scores from both rounds are then combined to determine a final score. The team with the highest final score is the champion of the tournament. In the event of a tie, an additional “No look” round will be held, wherein the contestants on each team are blindfolded before attempting to High Five.

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Basic High Five Techniques


High Five Championship Certificate

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Advanced High Five Techniques

Share your Techniques with the World

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Some popular books by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri.

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