2021
National High School
Drill Team Championships

Masters Level - Challenge Level - Virtual Level

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 - 1 August 2020: Initial Website Set-up
SOP Updates site established - Scoresheets Posted - Drill Floor Layouts Posted - SOP Posted - Good Luck to all Teams!

#2 - 1 February 2021: Virtual Level Website & Regulations Posted/Accepting Entries
A permanent addition to the NHSDTC competition is the Virtual Level for schools that cannot attend the event in person for one of many reasons. Schools have asked for this for over a decade and the world circumstances have allowed this to be included this year and beyond. The event is designed to give all schools a solid review annually by the finest all-service judging corps assembled anywhere annually. Go to the Virtual Level Website for more details!

#3 - 23 February 2021: Challenge Level Color Guard Drill Area
We are changing the size of the Challenge Level Color Guards (both Armed and Unarmed Divisions) to be 55' x 55'. See the diagram online for head judge placement and entrance/exit area.

#4 - 29 March 2021: MAJOR CHANGE to the CADET PERFORMANCE NUMBERS - ALL LEVELS
Both Inspection & Regulation competitions in all levels currently maintain a required cadet number of 12 plus a commander. Due to limited cadet numbers due to Covid, for 2021 ONLY we will allow schools to compete in Platoon Regulation and Team Inspection competitions with anywhere from 9-12 plus a commander without penalty. In Platoon Regulation, teams will still perform with three squads/elements BUT they maintain 3 or 4 cadets in each. Within Team Inspection, the same 9-12 cadet numbers are accepted, HOWEVER THE FORMATION WILL CHANGE TO THREE RANKS versus FOUR in the past (see update below for all details). Judges will be instructed to NOT penalize any team for competing with less cadets. Judges Judges WILL keep in mind the difficulty of performing with a full 12 plus Commander in their Overall Impression grade only.

#5 - 29 March 2021: MAJOR CHANGE to the INSPECTION DESIGN & LAYOUT - ALL LEVELS
As seen above, teams may choose to compete Inspection with 9-12 cadets "in the block", plus Commander. To make their feasible, the Inspection competition will change from a formation using four ranks to one using THREE RANKS ONLY regardless of how many cadets you choose to compete with. With this change, every competing school in all levels will form their unit with either 3 OR 4 cadets in three ranks to be judged by THREE JUDGES. Due to the late change on this, teams may ENTER and EXIT through the room doors and into the competition judging area forming into 3 ranks in any manner they choose, but should not belabor the procedure. All other procedures of the inspection remain in effect.

#6 - 31 March 2021: VIRTUAL DIVISION DEADLINE EXTENSION
The deadline for uploading all videos for the Virtual NHSDTC has been extended to midnight, Tuesday, April 20th.

#7 - 1 April 2021: COMPETITION SCHEDULE CHANGE
The overall NHSDTC schedule has changed to have all competition in one single day, Saturday, May 1st. The awards ceremony for Challenge, Open, and Masters Levels will be Saturday evening beginning around 6:30pm. Schools were contacted via email regarding this change.

#8 - 12 April 2021: NEW DRILL AREA DIAGRAM
The drill area diagram for the NHSDTC has changed. It is posted online and can be found HERE.

#9 - 12 April 2021: HEAD JUDGE EXHIBITION
You will notice there is not an "X" on the diagrams for Squad and Platoon Exhibitions. You will be able to tell the judge where you would like for him/her to stand for your teams performance.

21 April, 2019: 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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