This year has seen an unprecedented number of new and returning teams. In fact, we had more teams add and return to the FFCC than we had in competition at our first five years of FFCC Championships. More than thirty teams in total. In general, this has been a very good thing. We are spreading more opportunities to more teams in more counties than any other color guard and percussion circuit in the country. It does, however, come with a price. We have more teams qualifying and competing this year at FFCC State Championships in Daytona Beach at the Ocean Center than we have in the previous four years, which has created a challenge for scheduling. In order to fit all of the teams into the time limitations of the three day format we have in place, we are going to have to suspend part of our “Moving Up” program for the 2017 season.
“Moving Up” is the program we began to give the top five placing teams in each division the opportunity to progress to the next class of competition and compete again. With the growth we have experienced in the AA classification and the Winds and Percussion Divisions, we simply do not have the time for this to happen for the AAA Divisions this year. Currently, the schedule for Saturday of Championships, the AA Divisions will begin at 9:00 AM, which is the earliest feasible time to begin a Championships Competition. We have assigned judges in a way to minimize all breaks in the contest day and we are still finishing the Winds and Percussion Awards just before we are required to be out of the building for the day.
The future of the “Moving Up” program for the AA divisions is still in discussion and a decision will be made early this week. It has been determined that there is not enough time currently for the format of five teams moving up, therefore there will be some modification, if we are able to proceed for the 2017 Championships. More information will follow here online and in an email to directors and staff.