Color Guard Classifications

Proper classification is essential if we are to have a level playing field for all of our participants. There are several options of classification for guards to enter. It is extremely important for all guards to place themselves in the proper class. Color guards should make every effort to compete in the class for which they are most suited. Guards who may be competing in the wrong class could find that the scoring process will isolate them because this criterion is so strongly attuned to the curriculum involved in the developmental process.

Novice CLASS

Scholastic Only

The novice class is designed for the newest ensembles to our activity. Performers in the class will display purely introductory skills with regards to vocabulary, technique and conceptual design. Evaluation for the Novice class will be based on the Regional A Criteria. Color Guards performing in the Novice class are eligible for promotion to the Scholastic Regional A class.


CADET CLASS

Scholastic Only

This class is for all units whose performers are junior high/middle school age or younger. High School students are not allowed to compete in this class. Evaluation will be on the WGI Regional A criteria. Color Guards performing in the CADET Division will not be promoted outside of this class.


Regional A

Scholastic or Independent

This class is for the beginning performers who are just entering the performance arena for the first time. Show concept, equipment and movement skill, and performance are achieving only at an introductory level. This class is made to encourage and develop the growth of units that are only beginning to understand indoor color guard. Evaluation will be on the WGI Regional A criteria. Units may be assigned to this class after the premiere shows at the discretion of the Judge Coordinators and Judging Panel.


A Class

Scholastic or Independent

We offer the following sub-classifications for the A Class:

AAA Class (Scholastic Only)

Participants in this class should have beginning vocabulary, programs, achievement levels, and have progressed beyond the introductory level, but are not yet ready to begin incorporating intermediate concepts. Evaluation will be on the WGI A Class criteria.

AA Class (Scholastic Only)

Participants in this class should have beginning vocabulary, programs, achievement levels, and are ready to begin incorporating intermediate concepts. Evaluation will be on the WGI A Class criteria.

A Class (Scholastic or Independent)

Participants in this class should have beginning vocabulary, programs, achievement levels, and are beginning to incorporate intermediate concepts. Evaluation will be on the WGI A Class criteria.

National A Class (Scholastic Only) New for 2018!

Participants in this class should have beginning vocabulary, programs, achievement levels, and are beginning to incorporate intermediate concepts. Evaluation will be on the WGI A Class criteria. Nationally competitive teams (teams competing at WGI Regionals or World Championships in the A Class shall compete here).


Open Class

Scholastic or Independent

Participants in this class should have intermediate vocabulary, programs, achievement level, and are beginning to incorporate advanced concepts. Evaluation will be on the WGI Open Class criteria.


World Class

Scholastic or Independent

Participants in this class should have advanced vocabulary, programs, achievement level, and are exploring new material. Units in these classifications should be setting the standard all other units strive to achieve. Evaluation will be on the WGI World Class criteria.