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Re: Area and State marching
Because the system was designed - and should remain - one where we are competing against a standard, not each other. At the Region level, a 6A band with 50 kids on the field should be able to earn a First Division for marching and playing to the standard, even if they are not competitive with a 200 piece band in a ranked system at the Area level.
Keep Region the way it is. Let the Area and State levels be competitive head-to-head.
I want to have my band get a 1 if they earn it. Not get a 2 by "0.5 points" because the judge had to maintain a spread between us and the band that got a 1 by "0.2" points in a contest where ranking doesn't matter.
Lets get out of this S&E scoring. We need dedicated music, visual, and caption judges at all levels. I want to know that my 89.5 was close to the next bands 90.2. Not we got a 2 and they got a 1. That does not help me or my students.
Give me a better reason than "we've always done it this way" that we have this dumb 1-5 system?