Dates are finalized and 16 nominated schools will be attending from across the nation! Thank you to all of the people who have pushed hard to make the Marine Corps JROTC National Drill Championships move from a dream to a reality. After two years of the event being held in more modest surroundings, the 3rd anniversary of the competition shifts the location to the Washington, DC area to give the competition the big stage it so richly deserves! Highlights this year will include opening ceremony presentation of Colors by the United States Marine Corps Color Guard and performance by the 8th & I United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and judging support by both. Beautiful trophies sponsored by the Marine Corps League National Foundation and a fired up competition field will pair well to the rich, historic sites that only the nation's capital can provide.
The Marine Corps League National Foundation has stepped up to the plate to support the competition as a sponsor. Combined with the hard work and financial support of the Marine Corps JROTC Headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, the 16 chosen schools will be attending and competing without any required costs or payments to SNI! These 40-cadet maximum units will be battling within Inspection, Armed & Unarmed Basic Drill, Armed & Unarmed Exhibition Drill and Color Guard to determine the best overall Marine Corps JROTC program in the world.
2019 brings the event to the shadows of Washington, DC in nearby Chantilly, Virginia at the CYA Fieldhouse. The CYA Fieldhouse is a massive indoor facility that will be the expansive one-year home for the competition before the event moves to the DC National Guard Armory in 2020 and beyond. Plentiful parking and wide, unobstructed floor spaces of wood and concrete, along with high ceilings and team areas with vendors and exhibitors near the floor will give the event a great Devil Dog vibe! The venue stands ready to host the event. We are thrilled for the future of this event and we look forward to the best MCJROTC Drill Nationals ever held! No admission or parking charge is in effect to attend the Marine Corps JROTC Nationals and spectators are encouraged to attend!
The move of the event to Chantilly brings the competition site closer to the National Museum of the Marine Corps Museum. Located in Triangle, Virginia just outside the gates of Quantico, this museum is a great side trip for teams that can budget the time.
Marine Corps JROTC units attend
only after qualifying In a Regional Competitions or nominated by their
Regional Directors. These nominations are finalized no later than March 22ndh. Once nominated, schools need to immediately register to attend the event by completing the on-line registration form. They then are given a MySchool Website where they input cadet names, shirt sizes and other valuable information to ensure SNI is ready for the group. Teams of course can come here to the official event website to gain all of the competition information and related information they will need to attend.
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While the Marine Corps HQ has established a block of hotels in use for the competing teams, SNI has also put together a small list of reasonably priced hotels near the competition site to serve the needs of spectators hotels.
Sports Network International (SNI) will be hosting this major event with complete oversight and direction from the MCJROTC HQ. The judges, venue and other needs are finalizing and the event is ready to take place. Working closely with the MCJROTC HQ and Sports Network International, nominated schools from throughout the USA will have an exceptionally satisfying, safe and stress-free competition! Sports Network remains honored to play a part in this exciting event. We at SNI stand ready to continue to assist all instructors in making JROTC the vibrant program it has become over the decades.
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Marine Corps JROTC schools motivated to attend in the future should contact their Regional Directors to learn how they can qualify to be a part of the excitement. The Marine Corps JROTC HQ applauds the motivation from those schools that muster the school and community support that are needed to compete at the highest levels such as this. They understand a trip to an event like this is both cadet building and program building. The efforts on and off the drill floor by these unit should be rewarded with this USMC JROTC day of excellence!
Please encourage your parents, school administrators and others to attend and cheer on your team. Win or lose, the effort you give in preparation for your inclusion into these service championships are what these cadets will learn from and carry with them long after their JROTC days are behind them! Mostly, if there is ANYTHING our company can do to support your effort, please don't hesitate to ask!
All our BEST to the Marine Corps JROTC National Drill Championships Teams!