FAQ - Color Guard

HOW DO I START A COLOR GUARD?

WGI has two booklets that will guide you in this process. Creating a Winter Guard and The Art of Making Winter Guards by Shirlee Whitcomb

HOW DO I REGISTER TO COMPETE AT A WGI EVENT?

To learn more about competing at a WGI event  read this article. 

 

WHAT IMPORTANT DATES TO I NEED TO KNOW?

Please read this article regarding important dates.

HOW DO I BECOME A JUDGE?

To learn more about becoming a WGI Color Guard judge read this article.

HOW DO I KNOW WHAT CLASS TO ENTER MY GUARD?

There is a description of each class in the adjudication manual that should help you to determine where your students are most suited. That’s the best place to start in determining where you will be most competitive. Consider the average age of your students, how many hours you have for rehearsal each week, the experience and the talent level of those who will be creating and teaching your guard.

Regional A classes are designed for the very beginning or very young students. Here is where they learn the most elementary skills. This level of guard is not ready for the National level of competition. The local circuit is where they are nurtured and where they grow. Once proficient in that class, they are ready to move up to the A class.

The A class students are ready for bigger challenges both in show design and in technical skills. They have an understanding of the time commitment involved in this level of competition. You and your staff have a good understanding of their potential and a support mechanism capable of assisting in their growth.

Continuing in the progression of classification, Open class students have demonstrated their readiness for that next set of challenges and so on into World Class. The most important consideration is to place your group where they will be challenged, where they can compete and grow. Winning the class is not the measure of your ability to compete in that division.

HOW DO I CHANGE MY CLASS IN THE DATABASE?

Please have the primary contact complete the Group Change form.

HOW ARE PERFORMANCE TIMES DETERMINED AT WGI EVENTS?

This varies between regional events and championship events and is best described in the current rulebook. The current rulebook can be accessed via the director's only website. If you are not currently a member of WGI, rulebooks can be purchased via our secure shop when available.

WHAT IS THE WGI REVIEW PROCESS?

There is a review committee consisting of the 4 World Class Steering Committee instructors, Education Director, Chief Judge and Color Guard Coordinator. These 7 people are charged with assuring that guards are in the most competitive class for their students.

When the season begins, a guard could be requested for review if they are perceived to be in the wrong class. This review request can be made by the Director of Color Guard, the Chief Judge of the contest, a Task Force Member, a Regional Director, the Task Force Coordinator or the Education Director. A video tape of that guard is made at finals and distributed to the committee within a very quick turn around, usually within 10 days. The committee views the guard and considers the training and development level of the performers, the challenges they are achieving, and to a slightly lesser degree the quality and depth of the program. The students are the primary emphasis in considering any move. One of the things that is not considered is "who is on staff". The committee is charged with carrying in a good understanding of what the next class “norm” represents in order to have a barometer to measure whether or not the potential promotion will permit those students to achieve and be competitive. The decision is voted upon independently by each member and the Color Guard Coordinator then informs the guard of the decision. This process is usually completed within one week.

For additional information, please contact the WGI office.


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