The Santa Fe High School Winterguard, from Alachua, Florida, reflects on what their season and championship experience means to them. Don’t forget, the FFCC annual meeting is only one week away! See you in Orlando!
Sunday, May 15, 2016 will be the date of the FFCC Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. This is the meeting where eligible voting delegates come to discuss and vote on proposals for changes and additions to the FFCC Policy and Procedure Manual. It’s also the time when delegates will nominate and elect new members to the Board of Officers to serve for the 2017 and 2018 terms. This year there are five seats available for nomination. People interested in running for a position are encouraged to bring a resume to distribute to delegates.
This year’s meeting will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites Orlando Airport, beginning at 1:00 PM. More information and directions are available on the Event Calendar.
The proposals presented for consideration can be found HERE.
Please remember only registered voting delegates will be allowed to participate in any vote. Delegates must be registered forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting via the Team Profile Page.
Competing in the 2016 WGI World Championships seemed out of reach for us this year. We were fielding a team with just a handful of veterans, many of our families were struggling financially, and expectations were not exceptionally high. Once the season began, it became clear that this group of students did not intend to live in the shadows of their predecessors, and worked hard to build the skills they needed to compete, as well as raise the funds to allow everyone to attend. With the help of hard working students and parents, the generosity of sponsors, and the pooling of resources with other teams, we were able to return to Dayton this year after an amazing season in the FFCC. Apopka junior, Evelyn Paguada, narrated this short video to share the experience of our 2016 season with you. Thank you to all of our family, friends, and FFCC teams who supported us throughout the season. We hope you enjoy our journey!
Missing the winter arts? Click for an amazing video recap of Championships! Thank you Destiny Guerra Photography.
The calendar turns to March, and FFCC Color Guards start to make their final regular season appearances at FFCC shows. Why is this significant? Well, all instructors know that this means their ensemble is about to be seeded for FFCC Championships in Tampa. But, how much does seeding really matter? And if it doesn’t matter, why do we do seed in the first place? Hopefully this page will provide some clarifications of how seeding works, and what it’s actual purpose is.
First of all, who is seeded? Ensembles are automatically seeded if rounds are used at Circuit Championships or if they compete in a division without rounds that has 9 or more competitors. Our largest classifications (Class B, Scholastic AAA, Scholastic AA, and Scholastic A) are automatically split into three rounds for Circuit Championships. Other divisions in our circuit are split into rounds if they reach 16 competitors.
Color Guard ensembles are seeded based on their most recent score received at an FFCC event, with growth each week accounted for by a factor of 2.
The rounds are divided as follows:
Round A – Seed 1, Seed 4, Seed 7, Seed 10, etc.
Round B – Seed 2, Seed 5, Seed 8, Seed 11, etc.
Round C – Seed 3, Seed 6, Seed 9, Seed 12, etc.
Once in rounds, ensembles will be divided into thirds based on their seeds, and then their performance order scrambled within their third. So, teams in the top third of seeds will perform in the last performance block in the round, in a random order.
The performance order for the rounds as a whole will vary based on logistical needs in regards to the operations of Championships. (So, Round A does not necessarily perform first or last).
So, why do we seed? The common perception is that the seeding is in place to “help” the judges get the competitors in the right order. However, this is not true at all in today’s activity. Judges do not lock their scores for any class of competition until all ensembles have performed. This gives the judge more tools and options to get the ranking and rating right, no matter what the performance order happens to be. Judges are comfortable with this process and understand their captions extensively enough to confidently rate and rank a group where they belong regardless of performance order. In the past, ensembles have medaled and even won FFCC Championships divisions from all blocks of competition. Seeding blocks are not even a topic of discussion for the judges as the mantra of “judge the show of the day” has been, and remains a universal theme in our activity.
So, the question still persists, why do we seed? The answer rests in the realization that the FFCC Championships is first and foremost a spectator event. Ticket buyers come from near and far to enjoy the excitement of our activity at our performers’ ultimate show. Seeding creates a general trend upward in the quality level of the participants. This creates a crescendo of excitement as the anticipation of what the next ensemble will bring to the floor grows with each performance. However, it must be clarified, this trend is only a general one. It is not a linear trend. There are always outliers to the trend and those outliers sometimes generate the most memorable experiences at FFCC Championships. This mirrors the same theory we follow by scheduling our younger divisions first and then growing to the more experienced divisions as the weekend goes along.
Every performance by every performer at FFCC Championships is a special moment. No matter their seeding, or final placement, the work and dedication that young person has dedicated to their craft is something that we will celebrate each year at FFCC Championships. Creating an exciting event, with an enthusiastic audience that celebrates each performer in a world-class arena is the mission of our FFCC Championships event. Seeding creates another layer of excitement to the weekend. We salute every performer in the FFCC who is now starting to turn their attention towards FFCC Championships. The excitement of this event is something you deserve and hope you will enjoy. Get ready…there are going to be amazing performances in Tampa over Championships weekend. Make your plans to be there to experience and celebrate the amazing performers of the FFCC.
– Tom Slaughter, FFCC Vice President