|DATE||A2 to A1||A3 to A2||REGA to A3||REGA2 to REGA1|
|Jan 27, 2018||66||56||68||58|
|Feb 3, 2018||68||58||70||60|
|Feb 10, 2018||70||60||72||62|
|Feb 17, 2018||72||62||74||65|
|Feb 24, 2018||74||64||76||66|
|Mar 3, 2018||76||66||78||68|
|Mar 10, 2018||78||68||80||70|
Scholastic Regional A2 – adjudicated on the WGI Scholastic Regional A Sheets. This is the most beginning level of competition in the AIA circuit. Winter Guards entering this class of competition are the “youngest” or least experienced guards both in terms of individual training, design and instruction. These programs are in their first few years of winter guard participation in terms of both instructor and performer. Programs should focus on ACHIEVEMENT of INTRODUCTORY skills in movement and equipment. We do not anticipate groups should stay in this class for more than a few years as groups and instructors mature. Groups with the ability for high production value (digital floors, large props, etc) are not appropriate for this class. Soundtracks allow for performers to easily understand and follow a music structure. Equipment releases should max out at doubles.
Scholastic Regional A1 – adjudicated on the WGI Scholastic Regional A Sheets. This class is for the more experienced performer, designer and instructors of the two regional A classes in AIA. Units in this class are composed of beginning level performers and content is developed to allow the performer to MASTER BASIC SKILLS. The goal of this class is uniform ACHIEVEMENT from all performers, designers and instructors. Groups in this class are (re)building. Equipment releases should max out at triples; attempting higher releases is not appropriate for this class.
Independent Regional A – adjudicated on the WGI Independent Regional A Sheets. This class is focused on teaching and achieving MASTERY of BASIC SKILLS. Groups in this classification may be middle or high school students for which scholastic classifications are not practical. College-age students are discouraged from competing in this class. Equipment releases should max out at triples; attempting higher releases is not appropriate for this class.
A3 Class – adjudicated on WGI Scholastic A Sheets (“national” level). Units whose program includes a low to intermediate level of basic equipment and body handling. These groups exhibit achievement of basic skills and are exploring intermediate skills and longer phrases. Soundtracks are still straightforward, but begin to show more variety. These units are the newest to the A Class and would typically be competitive at local AIA events, and do not attend or are not generally competitive at WGI events. These groups may be transitioning from Regional A programming to A programming. Programs in this classification may also be restricted by resources, but find creative ways to achieve general effect and program success.
A2 Class – adjudicated on WGI Scholastic A Sheets. Units with programs that include an intermediate through high level of basic equipment and body handling. These units may attend WGI Regionals, but do not attend WGI World Championships with a competitive intention. These groups are teaching beginning and some intermediate skills. Exploration of more sophisticated soundtracks is appropriate in this class (3/4, 6/8, moderate to faster tempos, etc) and will likely show more production value (floors, props, etc) than the lower classes.
A1 Class (National A) – adjudicated on WGI Scholastic A Sheets. Advanced caliber locally. Units whose program includes a high level of basic equipment and body handling and demonstrate some open class skills, particularly in equipment. These units are the National teams and are generally the only AIA Scholastic A class that attend WGI World Championships where they are intend to be competitive. They are likely to have larger, more experienced staff. These programs may exhibit sophisticated production value.