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2017 Army Championships
SOP Updates Page

Below are the event rule updates/modifications that have been made to date.

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SOP/SCORESHEET/RULE CHANGES/CLARIFICATIONS

1) 17 November, 2016:
SOP Updates site established, Official Event Invite, SOP, score sheets posted
The SOP Update site is established and ready for modifications/clarifications/changes to be posted here. Event scoresheets and the SOP are posted. Floor diagrams and many other documents will be added in the coming months. Please check back often to be most prepared for this event.

2) 05 December, 2016:
Unit Inspection Topic Areas Posted
SNI has posted the Unit Inspection Topic Areas that will be in use for the 2017 Army Nationals event. They are located in the PaperworkHQ section of the Army Nationals website. We will also send out an email blast and place a link on the MySchool Website to ensure widest distribution.

3) 08 December, 2016:
Competition Floor Diagrams Posted
SNI has posted the floor diagrams in use for the Army Nationals for all team events. They are located in the PaperworkHQ section of the Army Nationals website.

4) 08 December, 2016:
Exhibition Area "Hot Shoe" in use
The Army Nationals will utilize a "hot shoe" approach for team competition in exhibition drill at the upcoming. This will mitigate downtime and make better use of the limited floor space available for the event. The hot show entry approach will allow the rotation of ARMED TEAM and UNARMED TEAM exhibition drill one after the other throughout the day. Two sets of judges make this very effective. While the team is performing on the floor, the next team is loaded into the ready area. The Head Judge will greet the Cadet Commander, gain appropriate initials on his score sheets to ensure the team acknowledges they are the team about to be scored, and answer any questions. The team will then be told to "get ready, as the team is marching off the floor, I will command your school to enter - you will immediately enter at that time>". As stated, after the verbal report out of the performing team, the team on the floor will face and march towards the exit. The scoring judges will STEP OFF THE FLOOR and begin their scoring. The judges for the team in the ready area will take the floor and the Head Judge will IMMEDIATELY and WITHOUT DELAY (just as the last performing cadet leaves the floor!) call for the team to enter. The team in the ready area will come to attention and enter without delay. This will be repeated throughout the day in a tight fashion. Plans are for this competition area to be STREAMED on the drillnation.net website! This will allow all teams to be shown "back home" with no downtime.

5) 08 December, 2016:
FIXED HEAD JUDGE POSITIONS FOR ALL EVENTS
Looking at the judges diagram, you will notice that EVERY EVENT now maintains a fixed head judge position. This position is against the boundary at the midpoint of the boundary in every event. This is done to ensure a standard is set in each area that all teams must meet and to reduce the chit-chat between teams and judges before the performance and review. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT SNI TO ASK IF YOU CAN enter in a different location or if you can Report-in to a different place. All teams will report into the same location and enter/exit through the same location in every area.

5) 08 March, 2017:
VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE - ALL TEAMS
SNI knows that space will be at a premium this year. While this venue is large, there are NUMEROUS other competitions going on in other parts of the venue that are impacting our ability to host the event in the manner we have been accustomed. BUT some good news. The venue had several large rooms that were being jockeyed for "held" by others that and have just become available. This will expand our ability to use more rooms and make MORE space for both competition and moving around much better. It gives us two sizable male and female dressing rooms. WHAT SPECIFICALLY DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? The drill areas have changed locations. ALL DRILL AREAS HAVE REMAINED THE SAME EXCEPT ARMED AND UNARMED REGULATION DRILL WHICH ARE NOW 77' X 65' (PREVIOUSLY 72'). All entry/exits are now 15' for Regulation, Color Guard, Exhibition. The updated diagrams are mailing to schools on 09 March and the new diagram is now posted on-line on the Army Nationals Paperwork HQ event website.

Thank you, good luck and safe travel to all attendees!

Justin Gates, Competition Director

Sports Network International


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