All units will be seeded for state championships using their most recent competitive score increased by 1.5 points per week till the end of the competitive calendar. The resulting ranking will be used to determine performance order at state championships.
For preliminary classes, or rounds with fewer than seven teams, performance order will be randomized. For preliminary classes, or rounds, with between eight and ten teams, seeding scores will be used to split the class, or round, in half and then performance order will be randomized within the halves. The top half of scoring units in that classification will advance on to finals, always taking the middle unit should a class have an odd number of competitors. These units will perform in reverse order based on their preliminary score, with the highest scoring unit performing last. Color guards with identical scores or seeds will randomly be assigned as to which performs first.
There will be a single panel of judges at all regular season contests. If available, a double panel will be will be used for State Championships.
- Downstairs judges: Equipment and Movement
- Upstairs judges: Ensemble Analysis, General Effect 1, General Effect 2
- Floor judge: Timing and Penalties
I. Mid Season Promotions:
At the evaluation/preview show, or during the season, the chief judge may promote any team when the judging panel believes that team will be competitive in the top half of the class into which the team is to be promoted. Promotions may occur through two competitive shows before State. In that situation, the team may be promoted at its first show in March (which would be its second competitive appearance). A proper ceremony with pins/medals and music should be accorded to any teams achieving promotion at a competitive show.
The Judging panel as a collective whole is very confident that the unit should finish in the top half of the next class up if promoted. This method would require judges to correspond with each other to determine if this is a high enough probability to justify a promotion.
In the event that either or both of these things occur, as a courtesy, the staff of the unit would be notified ahead of the retreat when the announcement will be made. The announcement will be made accordingly:
Announce all units in order from last to 2nd place. Before announcing 1st place, ceremonial music begins, followed by an announcement for all of the units members and staff to join their captains on the floor. Once all members and staff are on the floor with their captains, the announcement is made “And in 1st place, with a score of X. Please welcome the newest member of the (insert class here).
Lastly, if a unit is officially promoted, but their show does not meet timing requirements for the next class up, the timing penalties shall be waived for the remainder of the season, so long as they met the timing requirements of the class they originally signed up for.
A promoted unit must remain in the division they are promoted to for the remainder of the season.
J. Promotions after Championships:
A. Finals Promotions
Any color guard that attends State Championships and advances to finals from the preliminary competition round may not compete in a lower class the following season. If a color guard must perform in the higher division the following year but is not ready, the director may submit a letter on extenuating circumstances on why this would adversely affect their color guard. The RMCGA Board of Directors may then re-open the review and decide whether the circumstances warrant a reversal of the reclassification. In addition, the color guard may utilize their evaluation for consideration to return to the lower class of competition.
B. Scholastic Regional A Promotions
The top three Scholastic Regional A Class finalists from State Championships will be promoted to the next higher class of competition for the following season. If a color guard is promoted, the director may submit a letter on extenuating circumstances on why this would adversely affect their color guard. The RMCGA Board of Directors may then re-open the review and decide whether the circumstances warrant a reversal of the reclassification. In addition, the color guard may utilize their evaluation for consideration to return to the lower class of competition.
K. Contest Day Information
1. Contest rules
RMCGA contests will be run using Winter Guard International rules. The RMCGA Board of Directors shall rule upon requests for exemption from the Winter Guard International rules.
Any protest regarding a contest will be reviewed by the RMCGA Board of Directors, and will be acted upon accordingly. Protests MUST be filed in writing to the Contest Director or Chief Judge by the Monday following the contest.
Directors must check in with their ENTIRE unit present. If you need for your unit’s members to be stamped individually, you must have a valid reason for your need, and receive approval from the Contest Director prior to the day of the contest.
Directors will receive a packet at check-in that contains any last minute information for that contest, as well as your 7 wristbands for staff, floor/prop helpers, parent chaperones, and/or bus drivers.