USSBA top 10 list of why criteria-based judging is better for your program

Or, how a class A band can score a 100!

  1. The USSBA now has a two-tiered system in which adjudication is based the educational needs of each competitive class and the bands within those classes.
  2. The judging scale now reflects the expected and applicable proficiencies in each class
    • Class A: fundamental–>intermediate
    • Open: intermediate–>advanced
  3. The most successful Class A bands should be expected to exhibit some intermediate levels of proficiency. (Play together, stay in step and catch what you toss… the universal truth to successful marching band)
  4. The content of the judge sheets will not change, the notable difference is simply the separation of the scale.
  5. The criteria-based judging system allows programs to develop in a system specific to their class and be adjudicated on only those expected skills.
  6. There is now educational reasoning to support the movement between classes when a class A band begins to fully and consistently perform at an intermediate level or an Open band begins to perform with less consistency.
  7. Each class being adjudicated independently means that the full 100-point scale will be available to judges when anticipating numbers management. (Yes, a Class A band can receive a 100!)
    • Scores will be less compressed leaving more room for accuracy
  8. Class A bands will be able to reach higher scores because they will be judged on skills appropriate for that class.
  9. Scores from class to class are not comparable, (so put away the massive universal comparison spreadsheets!)
    • In reality, bands in each class have never been comparable because of the varying factors that determine class.
  10. The system serves as a curriculum allowing a step-by-step process in which the development of skills and proficiencies are established and apparent.


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