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
2018 Updated Classification Descriptions:

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.

2017 Classification Promotions:
Congratulations to the staff and performers on an outstanding 2017 season in AIA. AIA revised the end of year promotion policy at the 2015 Caucus. The old system just promoted all medalists at the end of the season. The new policy consists of a review process in order to determine which groups are indeed ready to move to then next class at the end of the season based upon assessment of the group compared to class paradigms. This was done to ensure groups do not get moved prematurely to a higher class that they couldn’t be successful in. Based upon viewings of the groups throughout the season and their achievement in their current classification, AIA is recommending promotion to the next classification for the 2018 season.
Congratulations to the following groups on your successful promotion to the next level of competition!
Regional A2 to Regional A1
Potomac, Herndon, South Lakes, Apex Friendship, Enloe, Millbrook(NC)
Regional A1 to A3
Rock Ridge, Chancellor, George C. Marshall, Cary JV, Bassett JV, Sanderson
A3 to A2
Tuscarora, North Stafford, Cleveland JV, Athens Drive, New Bern
A2 to A1
Colonial Heights, Middle Creek
Promotion recommendations were based on the following criteria by the Chief Judge and various judges on the promotion committee who viewed these groups throughout the course of the season and championships:
1. Performance / Scoring at Championships
2. Performance / Scoring throughout the competitive season
3. Readiness level demonstrated by performers and staff compared to criteria reference / class paradigms.
Promotion Rule:
3.2.1 All color guard units who win their respective class at AIA Championships will automatically be promoted to the next higher class for the next competitive indoor season. These classes will include Scholastic Regional A2, Scholastic Regional A1, Scholastic A3, and Scholastic A2. All remaining finalists from these classes will be reviewed by the AIA Chief Judges and they will determine which groups, if any, are deserving of being promoted for the next competitive season. The director(s) of any group that is to be promoted shall be notified directly no later than May 31st of that same year. Upon this notification, each director shall also receive a letter or outline explaining the qualifications for the promotion. If the director feels the promotion is truly unwarranted for valid and supported reasons, they may appeal with a declaration stating all reasons a promotion is not warranted. This appeal must be submitted by no later than July 1st. The AIA Chief Judges will then have 30 days to review the appeal and respond accordingly.