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.
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.