2024 FFCC Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 19th at 2:00PM

Oviedo High School Library

601 King Street

Oviedo, FL 32765

Please park in back lot closest to gym (spectator parking for shows)

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Policy & Procedure Proposals (see below)
  • 2024-2026 Slate of Officers (see below)
  • Circuit Business

Your Voting Delegate must be selected in Competition Suite by Friday, May 17th at 6pm. If you have questions or concerns on how to change your voting delegate, please reach out to Secretary, Erin Brown at secretary@ffcc.org 

Nomination Committee Results

The resumes and applications of all applicants are available for review in Competition Suite under Resources. You must be logged in to access.

2024-2025 FFCC BOARD OF OFFICERS SLATE

The 2024 Nomination Committee consisting of Rebecca Belveal, Erin Brown (Chair), Joshua

Jackson, Vic Kulinski, Eric Levy, Randy Nelson (Co-Chair), Kelly Ross & Katelyn Taylor met

has recommended the following 6 candidates as our 2024-2025 Slate to be presented to the

membership for vote at our May 19th Annual Meeting.

1. Jenny Barker

a. The committee reviewed Jenny Barker and found that she met the prerequisites

to the board. We reviewed her resume and letter of recommendation and after a

brief discussion felt that Jenny continued to fill a need for our organization related

to her expertise in both communications and merchandising aspects. Upon

voting, the Committee recommends putting Jenny forward for membership

voting.

2. Jen Karp

a. The committee reviewed Jen Karp and found that she met the prerequisites to

the board. We reviewed her resume and letter of recommendation and after a

brief discussion felt that Jen continued to fill a need for our organization related to

her dedicated work to event & contest staff management. Upon voting, the

Committee recommends putting Jen forward for membership voting.

3. Ricardo Robinson

a. The committee reviewed Ricardo Robinson and found that he met the

prerequisites to the board. We reviewed his resume and letter of

recommendation and after a brief discussion felt that Ricardo continued to fill a

need for our organization with his vibrancy and passion committed to our action

committees and philosophical discussions. Upon voting, the Committee

recommends putting Ricardo forward for membership voting.

4. Paul Sauberer

a. The committee reviewed Paul Sauberer and found that he met the prerequisites

to the board. We reviewed his resume and letter of recommendation and after a

brief discussion felt that Paul would being a new vision and voice with fresh

perspective to the board as well as has ties to the southern region that we are

continuing to grow. Upon voting, the Committee recommends putting Paul

forward for membership voting.

5. Tom Slaughter

a. The committee reviewed Tom Slaughter and found that he met the prerequisites

to the board. We reviewed his resume and letter of recommendation and after a

brief discussion felt that Tom continued to fill a need for our organization with his

CPA background as it relates to budgeting as well as his broad base of

experience across both the indoor and outdoor marching arts in terms of

logistics, judging and management. Upon voting, the Committee recommends

putting Tom forward for membership voting.

6. Carrie Smith

a. The committee reviewed Carrie Smith and found that she met the prerequisites to

the board. We reviewed her resume and letter of recommendation and after a

brief discussion felt that Carrie continued to fill a need for our organization with

her leadership in strategic planning, the reclassification process and policy

manual compliance. Upon voting, the Committee recommends putting Carrie

forward for membership voting.

Proposals

Full proposals including financial impacts and policy references can be found in Competition Suite under Resources. You must be logged in to access. 

  • Proposal by Mike Higbe, FFCC Board of Directors
    • CHANGE 12.3.3 TO READ – For color guard classes with 15 or

      more entrants, separate rounds will be created for Circuit

      Championship. Teams will be ranked according to their 1.5 plus

      two highest scores seeding and placed into rounds. Rounds are

      determined by distributing team using a pattern in a “S” type

      pattern moving from left to right in ascending order across the

      rounds.

    • Rationale:

      When there are three rounds the “S” type method of

      populating the rounds yields closer competitive

      neighborhoods across the entire round and better balanced

      rounds. Keeping an eye on the competitive neighborhoods

      creates a more even playing field for all the teams.

      There are different contest dynamics in contests with two

      rounds. When an odd even pattern is utilized with two

      rounds there is less “spread in the rankings than you have

      when three rounds are utilized.

      See supporting documentation spreadsheets utilizing the

      seeding from Championships 2024.

  • Proposal by Randy Nelson, representing Pace High School
    • Eliminate Policy 9.2.5.2.2
    • Rationale:

      With the current reorganization of the in season

      reclassification process, we should keep our focus on the

      proper classification of teams during the current season,

      not on a single achievement from the past season. The

      make up of the team may no longer be in place, the staff

      may change, funding may change, facility availability may

      change. 9.2.5.2.3. provides for reclassification after two

      consecutive years as a medalist. This consistency provides

      a stronger foundation for a program to move successfully

      into a higher classification. Data shows that the in season

      promotions had a higher rate of success for the teams in

      the their new classification vs those reclassified at the end

      of the previous season.

  • Proposal by Loriane Alegria representing North Port High School
    • Contest Staff will notify competing teams via text or other means

      of communication when the show is behind by more than one

      ‘gap’ time. (i.e. 9 minutes, 10 minutes, 11 minutes, based on

      classification).

    • Rationale:

      Many shows run behind for various reasons, however, when

      a show runs behind by more than one unit it causes a backup

      in holding. This creates confusion between teams, and

      pulls the focus of the performers. Members are standing

      many times in extreme heat or other elements waiting 20,

      30 or more minutes as a show runs behind. This is unfair to

      performers and a logistical issue for travel to an

      overcrowded holding area.

  • Proposal by Carrie Smith, representing FFCC Board of Directors
    • Any team who finishes in the top three in any round at an FFCC

      premier event will be automatically reviewed for promotion to the

      next class.

      Any team who finishes in the top two in any round at an FFCC

      event will automatically be reviewed for promotion to the next

      class during the season

      Teams that undergo a promotion review can only be reviewed

      twice during the competitive season. This does not include FFCC

      premier events.

      Reviews will take place up to and including the last competitive

      weekend scheduled.

    • Rationale:

      In the 2023 season, the adoption of a new promotional

      strategy and the unwavering dedication of the promotion

      committee yielded remarkable results, with an impressive

      90% of reviewed teams securing placements in the middle

      or upper thirds of their respective competitive classes.

      Notably, a significant portion of these advancements

      occurred after Premier. Expanding the scope of teams

      under review after Premier would facilitate early

      reclassifications, affording teams ample time to acclimate

      and flourish within their newly assigned competitive

      classes.

      Throughout the season, the promotion committee diligently

      conducted multiple reviews, consistently reaffirming the

      appropriateness of team classifications. Despite being

      confident in their evaluations, the current policy

      necessitated recurrent reviews of the same teams after

      every weekend. While we advocate for the ongoing scrutiny

      of the top two teams as a prudent measure, we believe that

      once a team has been reviewed twice, resulting in the

      same decision from the committee, there exists no

      compelling rationale for further evaluation.

  • Proposal by JD Ralph representing Ocoee High School
    • Having teams pay to park buses after paying our membership

      fees for the year seems a bit counterintuitive. If it’s an expense

      that the FFCC cannot bare, it should be included in our fees at the

      beginning of the season. No director wants to worry about how to

      pay for parking on the day of championships.

    • Rationale:

      No director wants to worry about how to pay for parking on

      the day of championships. Especially in counties like

      Orange where petty/spending cash is not easy to come by.

      This ends up coming out of our pockets.

  • Proposal by JD Ralph, representing Ocoee High School
    • Guidelines/training for contest directors addressing team

      complaints.

    • Rationale:

      Please see the survey for the Oviedo competition. Terrible

      staff response.

  • Proposal by JD Ralph, representing Ocoee High School
    • Standards for discussion during team critique need to either be

      enforced or created by the FFCC.

    • Standards for discussion during team critique need to either be

      enforced or created by the FFCC.

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