Understanding the new Color Guard Classification System

Understanding the new Color Guard Classification System

In June 2018, the membership of KIDA approved a new and innovated classification system change for the upcoming 2019 KIDA season. This new classification system will meet several objectives in providing the best educational experience for all units, students, and instructors as you continue to grow and develop your programs.

Additionally, this new classification system will help align KIDA locally with the national standard. This alignment will have a great influence for all KIDA units as we bring adjudicators into our association to provide their feedback and years of experience to our units.

At the KIDA Fall Membership Meeting, we will be offering extended training to help units understand this new classification system. Additionally, if members have questions regarding this new system, we encourage them to reach out to Steve Hartman or Kristy Templin for further assistance.

Each class will be defined according to the WGI standards as outlined in the WGI Rule book and will be judged accordingly, with the following special exceptions/additions:

WORLD CLASSIFICATION

This classification is for those units that have well defined personalities and are highly creative and unique. Some very sophisticated challenges are placed on these performers primarily through simultaneous responsibility and vocabulary. Performers are very experienced and fully trained. They explore innovative program concepts and strive to set new standards within the activity.

WGI EQUIVALENT – WORLD CLASS

PLATINUM CLASSIFICATION

This classification is for those units who have demonstrated a depth of training and skills that are consistent to one another, and are more challenging. There is greater consistency in the range of skills and physical development. The design of these programs are often freshly unique and original.

WGI EQUIVALENT – OPEN CLASS

A Class National Blue

National A class color guards utilize intermediate level qualities in design and performance. Color guards in this class would be competitive with the middle to top half of WGI’s A class. This class would be populated at the beginning of the season with all units that plan on attending a WGI Regional in the A class or color guards that exhibit training and design techniques that are frequently successful according to the upper level of the WGI A class criteria.

WGI EQUIVALENT – A CLASS

A Class Local Blue (Scholastic ONLY)

Local A class color guards utilize intermediate level qualities in design and performance. Color guards in this class would be competitive with the middle to bottom half of WGI’s A class. This class would be populated at the beginning of the season with all units that exhibit training and design techniques that are frequently successful at the entry level of the WGI A class criteria.

WGI EQUIVALENT – A CLASS

Regional A White

Regional A class color guards utilize introductory/beginning level qualities in design and performance. Color guards in this class exhibit training and design techniques that are frequently successful according to the WGI Regional A class criteria. This class would be populated at the beginning of the season with all color guards that exhibit training and design techniques that develop to a moderate level according to the WGI Regional A class criteria. Success in this class may indicate readiness for Blue Local A.

WGI EQUIVALENT – REGIONAL A CLASS

Regional A Gold

Regional A class color guards utilize introductory/beginning level qualities in design and performance. Gold class would be populated at the beginning of the season Color guards that exhibit training and design techniques that are entry level according to the WGI Regional A class criteria.

WGI EQUIVALENT – REGIONAL A CLASS

Novice Bronze

Novice color guards are in the early stages of development and utilize introductory level qualities in design and performance. This class is based on training of basic skills and basic elements of design.

Units will be evaluated on the KIDA Novice Class Sheets

Novice Middle School/Junior

Units will be evaluated on the KIDA Novice Class Sheets

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