Five Championship Divisions in 2001
Note: This change has been recinded by the Board of Directors of DCI. See "Change in Division I Format at Championships Postponed" for more details.
International will award five champions at the 2001 World Championships.
As in the past few championships, awards will be given to Division
III, Division II, and the International Division. This year there
will be a champion recognized at the Friday evening event now titled
the Division I Championship and the event on Saturday evening will
be for the World Class Championship.
At the 2001 Annual DCI
Board of Directors meeting it was determined that what is traditionally
known as Semifinals will now be the Division I Finals and World Class
Semifinals. The move was based largely on the purpose of recognizing
corps traditionally placing 9th through 17th at Semifinals and to
appropriately acknowledge the significant level of performance they
achieve. During the board discussions there was the initial fear that
this may be perceived as a consolation division. Eventually, it was
agreed that in fact this will enhance the performers recognition at
a level of achievement worthy of its own distinction.
The top 17 scoring corps
will advance from Thursday’s Quarterfinals as in the past several
championships. Corps scoring 9th through 17th will move to Friday’s
competition as DCI Division I World Championships Finalists and will
perform in reverse order of finish beginning at 4:45 pm. After the
last Division I Finalist performance the nine finalists will participate
in a full finale including the awarding of gold, silver, bronze and
finalist medallions, high caption awards and the en masse performance
of "America/O’Canada". There will not be a victory concert because
the top 4 scoring corps in the Division I Finals will advance to the
World Class Finals on Saturday evening. Following the Division I World
Championships Finals finale the top 8 scoring corps from Thursday’s
Quarterfinals will perform in the World Class Semifinals. The same
judging panel will be utilized all evening. The scores of the top
4 Division I finalist corps and the 8 corps in the World Class Semifinals
will determine the order of appearance for the Saturday World Class
Those corps participating
in the new Division I Finals will have the honor and distinction of
achieving the title of DCI World Championships Division I Finalist
and will share a long overdue spotlight for their efforts.
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