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As we enter the 2020 FFCC winterguard season we are very excited to offer a new education initiative in the design process for our classes in Cadet, B, AAA, and AA. As we evaluated our critiques and gained feedback from our judges, advisory board, and membership it has come to our attention that our members within these developing classes are strongly looking for more opportunities to discuss their design as well as specifics within their shows to further develop their creativity and students within the competition season. As we have seen much success with our members that have attended the design symposium the past 2 years during the preseason, we are now offering an additional support to meet with a judge at one of our March 7th shows and discuss opportunities in a critique setting specific to just your group after your round comes to completion. This will give you the opportunity to come with questions about your show, the tape you received that day, and gain more insight on how to improve on where you are currently at in the season giving you the tools to make the best instructional decisions as you move towards championships. Within this model these classes will have competitively 4 judges (equipment, movement, design analysis, and General Effect) the General Effect judge at the end of each round will then meet with each group one at a time for approximately 5-10 minutes (depending on show) and can discuss any caption or questions they would like. You can bring in specific areas of your show on video that you would like support or thoughts on, as well as looking into next steps that will most benefit your program and its growth with a few weeks before championships to set your team up for the most success possible.
As our circuit continues to grow and our shows are lasting longer due to full capacities at competitions, this model will now take the place of receiving a critique at each show for these classes during the season. Directors and staff will still receive their feedback on tape at EVERY show, have a chance to speak to an overview consultant during their premiere show to discuss early on design ideas, have the opportunity to use our partnership with E-Adjudicate to have a judge look at your show on video, and can compile like comments to make instructional decisions and bring up when you meet with one of our critique judges to discuss your show during the March 7th competitions at Fleming Island, Braden River, or Oviedo High School.
National classes A, Open, and World will be able to receive a critique sign-up for premiere (Cypress Creek) and our March 14th shows (Durant and Cypress Creek) during the season. National groups will NOT receive the one on one critique cadet-AA are receiving but will in return continue to have all 5 judges and scores with tape feedback at each show.
This will NOT affect our percussion units and they will continue their show protocol as in the past.
Percussion & Winds teams should sign up for critique via email to Tom@ffcc.org by January 28th for Premiere Shows and February 25th for Focus Shows.
National Class teams (A-World) can email Tom to sign up for critique at the Cypress Premiere and the March 14th shows at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for Cypress Premiere is Tuesday January 21st at 11:59pm
Deadline for March 14th shows is Tuesday, March 10th at 11:59pm
All emails will be replied to with your request.
To sign up for March 7th critiques (cadet-AA) at the Fleming Island, Braden River, and Oviedo show please email email@example.com by February 15th at 11:59pm.
Again, we are very excited as we put education in design and show development at a forefront to help move our groups forward. If you have any questions please contact me at Jamie@ffcc.org
FFCC Education Chair
Thanks to our outstanding photography vendors for their hard work! Check out your photos each week, and please consider supporting their businesses!
All of our photographers have connections to the FFCC as former performers, directors, guard parents, or volunteers. We are proud to be able to hire photographers who have a stake in the marching arts, and take pride in showing off your students to their best abilities. Please note that in the case of all of our photography vendors, photography is not their primary job- please have patience with their posting times. By contract, all photographers have 10-14 days to edit & upload your proofs. This is a service they provide without cost to the circuit, and they want provide you with the best work they can.
Please keep these points in mind before sending emails looking for your photos. This is a service we would like to continue to provide in the future.
- Orlando Colorguard Premiere at Lyman HS (1/18): S3 Photos www.s3photos.com
- Tampa Colorguard Premiere at Gaither HS (1/18): Carlie Donow Photography www.cdphotos.zenfolio.com
- National Colorguard Premiere at Cypress Creek HS (1/25): K Voorhees Photography www.kvoorheesphotography.com
- Percussion & Winds Premiere at Winter Springs (2/1): K Voorhees Photography www.kvoorheesphotography.com
- FFCC Show at Riverview HS (2/8): Carlie Donow Photography www.cdphotos.zenfolio.com
- FFCC Show at University HS (2/15): K Voorhees Photography www.kvoorheesphotography.com
- FFCC Show at Ponte Vedra HS (2/15): Michelle Brown Photography www.michellebrownphotography.com
The FFCC is proud to offer hotel discounts to member teams through our partnership with the Hilton Ocean Walk Resort, Daytona Beach, located directly across the street from our competition venue, the Ocean Center. The ONLY way to get this discount rate is by placing your reservation on the FFCC website through your Team Director.
There are a limited quantity of rooms and are available on a first come first serve basis. Rooms will not be held until payment is received in full. All rooms must be paid in full by January 31, 2020.
There is not a minimum number of nights required by the hotel. Each room is up to quad occupancy. All rooms are non-refundable after January 31, 2020. Rooms may be paid for by check or online with a credit card.
2020 Championships Classes:
- Friday 3/27: B & AAA Colorguard
- Saturday 3/28: Novice, Cadet & AA Colorguard and all Percussion & Winds, as well as Colorguard Solo & Duet Championships
- Sunday 3/29: A, Open & World Colorguard
Please direct all questions regarding hotel reservations to Tom Slaughter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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