Using these rankings in each class, preliminary performance will be determined as a reverse order where the highest ranking unit performs last. In classes where rounds are needed, all odd numbered rankings will perform in one round and even number rankings will perform in a separate round. 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. Finals competition will be in reverse order with the highest preliminary score, regardless of round, performing last.
There will be a single panel of judges at all regular season contests. At State Championships, the panel of judges will be split between 5 judges from out of the State and 5 judges within Colorado.
- 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 not occur after the first Saturday in March. A proper ceremony with pins/medals and music should be accorded to any teams achieving promotion at a competitive show.
In addition to 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, the Board of Directors will need to approve the promotion. This method would require judges and the Board 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.