Re: D1 and D2 Classification for Marching Band
Posted by Missing the mark on 12/14/2020, 8:23 am, in reply to "Re: D1 and D2 Classification for Marching Band "
Take that and play it across the board for every classification. |
"How can a school with 515 students compete with one with 1200 students? That's literally more than twice as many!" (4A)
"How can a school with 230 students compete with a school with 514 students! That's literally more than twice the enrollment!" (3A)
It's. Every. Classification. Claiming that it's a 6A problem is simply not the case. You're also making a mountain out of a molehill. According to the attendance numbers turned in for this alignment round, there are only seventeen 6A schools in Texas with an enrollment over 4,000. There are 31 over 3500. There are 128 6A schools. Most of 6A isn't as big as you think it is.
Unless we have micro-classes and 70 state championships (which our football teams would likely support) there will ALWAYS be minor inequities in the process. Claiming that 6As are put upon because there are thirty or so "really big" 6As (many of whom aren't competitive past the Region level) is simply sour grapes.
I would also claim that the difference between 2400 students and 3500 students is MUCH smaller than the difference between 550 students and 1100 students. At both 6A schools, there's likely three band directors, a full time percussion specialist, and a private lesson staff. At the (probably rural) 4A with 550 students, there's probably a single band director - maybe a MS director that counts as the HS assistant. At a 1200 student 4A, you're talking about two directors, maybe a percussion para, and access to lesson staff.
The inequities in the system are there. But 6A isn't where they're located. That's why they created ATSSB in the first place.
The answer is a simple one - stop making marching competition be based upon school enrollment. Make it on band enrollment. Inner-city schools who put 25 kids on the field shouldn't be judged in the same category as state marching contest medal winners and honor band candidates with 300 kids in the program, which regularly occurs in my region.