2017
National High School
Drill Team Championships

SOP Update/Clarification Page

Below are the Event Update/Clarifications that have been implemented into the coming NHSDTC since the initial posting of all event materials. These items listed below are found in inverse chronological order to their date of implementation. All schools are encouraged to download and prepare for these changes in advance.

UPDATES/CLARIFICATIONS

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#1 - 30 November 2016: Initial Website Set-up
SOP Updates site established - Scoresheets Posted - Drill Floor Layouts Posted - SOP Posted - Good Luck to all Teams!

#2 - 30 November 2016: Exception Allowed in the "No Cross Over" rule....
IF COMPETITION SPACES ARE AVAILABLE, attending schools may petition the NHSDTC Competition Director to compete in BOTH the Masters and Challenge Level events with both an Armed & Unarmed team with a SMALL NUMBER (1-2) portion of cadets that may "cross-over" and compete on both teams. Factors considered by the NHSDTC in granting this request will be the overall size of the JROTC program and the newness of the Challenge level team seeking entry. This is being done to facilitate largely smaller programs looking to expand their drill to encompass both armed & unarmed drill. This permission if granted will be done in advance of the event in writing by the Competition Director of SNI.

#3 - 09 December 2016: Change to the ARMED Regulation Sequences - Masters & Challenge
To ensure uniformity between teams, SNI has modified the Armed regulation sheets between commands #9 thru #13. This will ensure all schools execute the same routine regardless of their service affiliation. Please ensure the ARMED SEQUENCE you are training with maintain the "REV 2" listing on the Head Judge sheet.

#4 - 28 December 2016: Word correction to the ARMED Regulation Sequences - Masters & Challenge
The change in Command #12 and #13 has Army platoons "Close Interval" and then return to "Normal Interval" (page 7-5 & 7-6 of the TC). This was mistakenly listed as "Extend Interval" which is not the proper verbal command to give. Also take note the sequence is executed with THREE aquds of FOUR cadets in each. Therefore the correct number of steps in which file will need to be adjusted to that fact. This is a minor verbal change only and will not change the proper execution, therefore the ARMED SEQUENCE you are training with still maintain the "REV 2" listing on the Head Judge sheet.

#5 - 26 January 2017: Clarification of "Drill Rifle" within the Mixed Division - Masters Level
Upon review of the SOP and consultation with several past judges, SNI has made the decision that the term "drill rifle" in the Mixed Division is a loose term by design. The term "weapon" was stricken from the SOP a decade ago and in doing that, we inadvertently omitted other items that have a history of "drill" without designing to do so. Currently, Cadet Commanders at the NHSDTC are the ONLY cadets authorized to utilize a sabre or sword. However, beginning in 2017, SNI will allow within the Mixed Division Solo & Dual Exhibition competition ONLY in the Masters Level event competition entries that would in fact be permitted to utilize a sabre or sword for their competition "weapon". However, it should be noted that the same regulations apply to their use as already maintained within the SOP. When using a saber or sword by ANYONE at the NHSDTC, it is not permitted for this item to leave the hand of the performer at any time on the drill floor. This will prevent any attempt at flipping or tossing the item.

#12 = 2 May, 2017: SOP ON-LINE UPDATES ARE NOW CLOSED
As the event draws near, no further SOP updates/clarifications will be allowed on this site for the upcoming Nationals. NO NEED TO CHECK HERE FURTHER - THIS IS IT! Any other minor issues will be discussed at Event Registration before the competition begins.




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