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The Gazette's My Favorite Coach Contest and Sweepstakes, Phase II - Official Rules

UPDATE 10/29/2012: Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the voting period has been changed to Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012 through Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

UPDATE: Phase I nominations and the Phase 1 sweepstakes have ended. Phase I took place between Sept. 5 and Oct. 1, 2012. All nominations from phase I and phase II will be considered when selecting coach finalists. Prize from the Phase I sweepstakes will be awarded.

The Gazette's My Favorite Coach Contest and Sweepstakes are subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws. Void outside Maryland. In order to receive a prize, a winner is not required to purchase any goods, pay any money or submit to any sales promotion.

How the Contest (nominating a coach and winning as a coach) Works

  1. Conditions for Winning
    1. Nominate your favorite coach by filling in the application on the previous page, FavoriteCoach.Net, between 12:00 a.m. (midnight) October 2, 2012 and 11:59 p.m. October 15, 2012 ("the phase II nomination period"). In order to nominate a coach, you must be currently enrolled in a public or private high school in Montgomery County in Maryland. You do not have to participate in a sport to nominate a coach. Nominated coaches must be currently employed as a coach in a public or private school in Montgomery County.
    2. With your parent or guardian's permission, we may publish your name and your nominating essay on Gazette.Net and/or in print in The Gazette newspapers (Post-Newsweek Media, Inc.) if your coach is selected by us to be a finalist. We may also publish your name and your nominating essay on Gazette.Net and/or in print in The Gazette if your coach is a winner.
    3. Once the phase II nomination period ends, we will post finalists, who will be selected at The Gazette's sole discretion based on what it judges to be the most compelling nominations on FavoriteCoach.Net. The voting period, initially October 18, 5 p.m. through November 2, 11:59 p.m. 2012, has been moved to November 1, 2012 at 5 p.m. through November 16 at 11: 59 p.m. The voting period, most recently scheduled for November 1, 2012. at 5 p.m. (ET) through November 16, 2012, at 11: 59 p.m. (ET), has been postponed to November 7, 2012, at 5 p.m. (ET) through November 20, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. (ET). During the voting phase, anyone may vote for their favorite boys' high school junior varsity, girls' high school junior varsity, boys' high school varsity and girls' high school varsity coach(es). The voting period is subject to change without notice at the sole discretion of The Gazette.
    4. The boys' high school junior varsity, girls' high school junior varsity, boys' high school varsity and girls' high school varsity coach who receives the most votes will be a winner, and declared "My Favorite Coach" (four winners total if there are valid, eligible nominations in each of these four categories.) Each winner will be featured in The Gazette and on Gazette.Net and/or FavoriteCoach.Net.
    5. The Gazette will contact each coach whom we select to move to the voting round, requesting a photo of that coach for publication online at Gazette.Net and FavoriteCoach.Net. The Gazette may also request a video interview with the coach for Gazette.Net and/or FavoriteCoach.Net, and a photograph for the special supplement to be published on Gazette.Net and/or FavoriteCoach.Net and in The Gazette in print in December 2012 when the winners are announced.
    6. The Gazette and our key sponsors will present each winning coach with a special award and prize(s) between December 2012 and January 2013.
    7. Prize(s) for each of the four winning coaches to be announced, but in no event will prizes total less than $500 in value apiece.
  2. Prizes to be Awarded
    1. The four coaches who receive the most votes in their respective coaching levels during the voting period will win a prize(s) to be announced, but in no event will each prize(s) total less than $500 in value.
    2. All prizes will be awarded unless Post-Newsweek Media, Inc./The Gazette exercises its right to terminate this program, including Phase II of the Sweepstakes, up until October 18, 2012. (See paragraph 6.) Winners will be required to sign a statement acknowledging receipt of prize. Should a winner decline to receive a prize, that prize will be awarded to the next-highest vote-getter.
  3. Odds of Winning
    The odds of winning are based on the number of votes received during the voting period. There are no limitations or restrictions on who may vote, nor on the number of times an individual may vote in general, nor on the number of times an individual may vote for a nominated coach.
  4. Winners' Responsibilities
    Winners are solely responsible for the reporting and payment of any tax liabilities incurred. Any expenses relating to the receipt of these prizes are solely the responsibility of the winners.
  5. Winners' Consent
    1. If your nominating entry is selected, and/or if you are a winning coach, The Gazette reserves the right to publish your name, the town in which you live, the school with which you are affiliated or employed, and the student's nominating essay, in whole or in part, both in print in The Gazette and/or online at Gazette.Net and/or FavoriteCoach.Net. We will contact the parent or guardian of any child under 18 if we intend to publish the child's nominating essay.
      Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. (The Gazette,Gazette.Net) has the right to publish, both in print and online (via the Internet), either in whole or in part, your submissions/nominations, which will include personal information, such as your full name and the town in which you reside.
    2. You also agree that Post-Newsweek Media, Inc., owns your submission/nomination in perpetuity and is authorized, as are the My Favorite Coach Program sponsors, to publish it, it in full or in part, in any promotional material relating to the Gazette's My Favorite Coach program now or in the future.
    3. Except where prohibited:
      1. acceptance of any prize constitutes consent to use each winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city and state address on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation;
      2. each winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release; and
      3. Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. and/or the My Favorite Coach Sponsors may share the information submitted on the nomination forms with their affiliates and customers.
  6. Right to Terminate Without Notice
    Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. reserves the right to terminate, without notice, this program up to October 18, 2012. In the event Post-Newsweek Media, Inc. exercises this right, no prizes will be awarded.
  7. Limitations of Liability
    Post-Newsweek Media Inc./The Gazette is not responsible and assumes no responsibility for late, lost, misdirected, undeliverable or incomplete entries, whether online or otherwise, due to system errors or failures, or faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions and/or online entries not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system errors and failures, or faulty transmissions, or for any problems or technical malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, or entries not received by The Gazette on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, or at a Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from entering the Program or downloading any material for the Program, or other telecommunications malfunctions that may limit an entrant's ability to participate. The Gazette may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Program or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is
    1. attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Program by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices or
    2. intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or The Gazette representatives, affiliates and/or contest sponsors.
  8. Eligibility
    The following may nominate coaches, but are not eligible to win prizes: (a) employees of The Washington Post Co. or its affiliates, licensees, parents, subsidiaries, divisions, dealerships, advertising and promotion agencies, or members of the immediate family or household of each. The term "immediate family" includes spouses, siblings, parents, children, grandparents, and grandchildren, whether as "in-laws," or by current or past marriage(s), remarriage(s), adoption, co-habitation or other family extension, and any other persons residing at the same household whether or not related.
  9. Winners' Names
    Names of winners will be initially published in The Gazette and/or on Gazette.Net and/or FavoriteCoach.Net between December 2012 and January 2013, unless The Gazette terminates the program prior to the voting period (see paragraph 6).

How the Sweepstakes to Win a new Apple iPad Works/Conditions for Winning

In order to receive a prize, a winner is not required to purchase any goods, pay any money or submit to any sales promotion.

  1. Sweepstakes Period/Deadlines
    The Gazette My Favorite Coach Sweepstakes Phase II ("Sweepstakes II") begins on October 2, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Eastern Time (ET) and ends on October 15, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. ET. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET, on October 15, 2012. The drawing for the Sweepstakes winner will be held on or about October 18, 2012, at The Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.
  2. Entry Forms
    After you nominate a coach in the My Favorite Coach Contest online at www.favoritecoach.net or through www.gazette.net, you will be taken to an online page where you can also choose to enter the sweepstakes. You may enter the sweepstakes as many times as you wish by nominating different coaches. Multiple entries from the same person nominating the same coach may be destroyed. A winner will be randomly selected on or about October 18, 2012.
  3. Eligibility Requirements
    This sweepstakes is open to students who attend a public or private high school in Montgomery County, Maryland. Void outside the state of Maryland.
  4. Winning
    One (1) winner will be chosen and awarded a new Apple iPad, approximate retail value $499. If the winner is under the age of 18, a parent or guardian of the winner will be required to sign a release granting permission for the winner to take possession of the prize, and to consent to paragraphs 5 and 6 below. In the event a parent or guardian declines to sign the release, the prize will be awarded to an alternate winner selected at random (who will be subject to all of these Official Rules).
  5. Winner's Responsibilities
    Winners are solely responsible for the reporting and payment of any tax liabilities incurred. Any expenses relating to the receipt the prize are solely the responsibility of the winner.
  6. Winner's Consent
    Except where prohibited, acceptance of the prize constitutes consent to use the Sweepstakes winner's name, photograph, likeness, statements, biographical information, voice, and city and state address on a worldwide basis, and in all forms of media, in perpetuity, without further compensation; (ii) the winner may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release; and (iii) The Gazette and/the Sponsors may share the information submitted on the entry forms with their affiliates and customers. The Sweepstakes winner understands and agrees that The Gazette intends to publish, both in print and online (via the Internet), the winner's name, the school the winner attends, and the town in which the winner resides.
  7. Winner's Name
    For the name of the winner, send a self-addressed stamped envelope after October 18, 2012, to: Sweepstakes Winner, The Gazette, 9030 Comprint Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20877, attn.: Cathy Kim. The Sponsor/Promoter of this Sweepstakes is Post-Newsweek Media, Inc./The Gazette in partnership with its Sponsors.
  8. Limitations of Liability
    The Gazette is not responsible and assumes no responsibility for late, lost, misdirected, undeliverable or incomplete entries, whether online or otherwise, due to postal errors, system errors or failures, or faulty transmissions or other telecommunications malfunctions and/or online entries not received resulting from any hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, or failed, incomplete or garbled computer or telephone transmissions, typographical or system errors and failures, or faulty transmissions, or for any problems or technical malfunction(s) of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, or entries not received by The Gazette on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet, or at a Web site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from entering the Sweepstakes or downloading any material for the Sweepstakes, or other telecommunications malfunctions that may limit an entrant's ability to participate. The Gazette may prohibit an entrant from participating in the Sweepstakes or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is (i) attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair playing practices or (ii) intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or The Gazette representatives.
  9. IN NO EVENT WILL THE GAZETTE BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE, OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES) ARISING OUT OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES.

  10. Odds of Winning
    The odds of winning the Sweepstakes will be determined by the number of entries The Gazette receives. Prizes are not transferable, redeemable for cash or exchangeable for any other prizes. The Gazette reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to substitute a prize of equal or greater value for the prize published above.

To see the official rules from phase I of the contest and sweepstakes, click here.


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