Color Guard Judges Academy

Have you ever wondered what it takes to be a certified WGI Color Guard judge? Now you can find out with the WGI Color Guard Judges Academy.

This biennial judging program provides a three-step opportunity for local judges to hone their judging skills under the instruction of the finest educators in the winter marching arts. Attending the WGI Judges Academy is the first step to getting the national exposure and recognition required to become a WGI Judge.

These classroom judging opportunities will be offered again in 2018.

At these events, participants are able to study in a focused and enriching environment by following what WGI judges do as they move through their day at an actual performance competition. The weekend includes a three-hour intensive classroom session for attendees to share observations and their application to the WGI judging system. Finally, each student will receive a follow-up evaluation with a plan for future development.

Perspective students must have at least three years of judging experience from other competitive color guard circuits. The Judges Academy application must be submitted with three samples of judging commentary and two letters of recommendation.

After the applicants undergo a thorough screening process, WGI will contact the perspective student to let them know of their acceptance into the academy.

Space is limited in order to operate inside the working Regional contest and to insure the quality of the experience; therefore not all applicants will be accepted.

Application Requirements

  • Must have three years judging experience
  • Three samples of judging commentary
  • Two letters of recommendation (one must be from either a WGI Affiliated Judge, a member of the Color Guard Advisory Board, or a WGI Administrator)

Accepted Students Will Receive

• WGI badge & rulebook
• Trial judging on Saturday, meals included
• Three hour training class on Sunday morning
• Follow up evaluation

If you have any questions, please contact or call 937-247-5919 x 305

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