What is East Coast Stamina?

East Coast Stamina (ECS) is a high level competition centered around a selection of some of the most difficult custom content available for In The Groove, a four-panel dance game similar to Dance Dance Revolution. It has been an annual tournament since September 2011, eventually becoming a biannual event starting with ECS2.5. East Coast Stamina 9 is a remote event this year, but it is normally a live event.

ECS9 features an upper division and lower division; if you wish to compete in either, you'll need to participate in the Stamina RPG 4 qualifiers. The top 24 players on the ranking for combined TP/LP will be able to enter the Upper Division.

What is the format for ECS9?

Historically, the tournament has generally consisted of a "marathon" (a mix of songs usually roughly an hour in length), and then a timed set where players could choose songs from a preselected list, where the songs are assigned point values based on their difficulty in addition to the scores the players obtain on them. ECS4.5, ECS 5.5 and ECS6.5 have added team play as an aspect of the format, but the mainline ECS tournaments-- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and the upcoming ECS9-- have all focused on each individual competing against the other entrants to achieve the highest score possible on the marathon, and also to gain as many points as possible in the timed set.

More information on the format is available here:

What about shirts this year?

Yeah dude, you can buy shirts (and face masks!). You can buy merch for various ECS and SRPG events (including SRPG4) at the Stamina Nation spreadshirt page:

Can I compete remotely?

Yes, in fact, like I said, you kind of have to. There will only be remote competition this year. You can download the song packs here: