So? It's not a cheap contest. How many schools are going to continue to pay that entry if they don't see some sort of way to progress or compete?I've had a 4A guard and percussion compete in TCGC, and if it was just contests of defeat against 6A school guards and percussion, we would have saved our money.
The judging is pretty solid, and once you get to the final few contests, it's anything but a trophy fest. I don't see the downside of the early contests being trophy fests.
This is a ridiculous comment. TCGC is incredibly competitive. Most schools who participate actually have very few trophies since, as someone already stated, they only award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Some of the rounds might be smaller than others at some shows, but in most circumstances its very difficult to crack the top three.
I still can't get over the obsurdity of the OP or the lack of research. Guards in indoor compete in various classes based on skill, with each event giving a top 3 trophy per classification. Sometimes there are 10 or more in a classification at any given show.