Commentary & Critique FAQ


What is the purpose behind the judges’ commentary?
– To provide the color guard with a moment-by-moment accountability of what the judge is responding to.
What should the judges offer in their commentary?
– Comments should emphasize those parts of the show that are important to the scoring process.
– Comments should be specific identifying both strengths and weaknesses.
– Comments should assist the instructor in improving the program or performance relative to the caption.
– Comments should reflect an educational approach that rewards achievement
– Comments should offer an equal observation both to what is unfolding on stage as well as how the performers are achieving.

Why do judges in the same caption often offer such different comments?
– In GE & DA, varying vantage points will present the shows differently. A high viewing position will offer a very different view from a judging area that is 10 rows high.
– Judges are not clones; they are encouraged to bring their unique backgrounds and expertise to the judging role.
– As shows grow and evolve, the eye may be drawn to different moments within the program.
– IA judges should be more similar if properly applying the observation technique of commenting on “Who, what, how” as they sample the program.


What is the purpose for critique?
– To provide a discussion venue where instructors and judges can grow from the exchange of information.
– To allow instructors to gain clarification on any questionable area of the commentary.
– To discuss the scoring application offering insights into what drove that number.
– To allow the color guard to best prepare for World Championships.

How can I best prepare for critique?
– The Instructor
1. Know the scoring system– speak from an informed base.
2. Listen to your digital commentary and make notes relative to questionable areas
3. Try to watch your competitors as well as your own group and be honest in the qualities between your guard and these “neighbors.”
4. Be specific, be clear, take notes on the judge’s feedback
5. Be relaxed and “in control” of your fatigue, emotions and frustrations.
6. Speak in a calm tone of voice and listen to the answers.

– The Judge
1. Take notes following each performance
2. Identify each guard’s “neighbors”
3. Find out the goals of the unit so your dialogue has maximum benefit.
4. Encourage the instructor to take the lead in asking questions.
5. Know that the instructors’ primary concern is scoring and ranking and be accountable for your decisions.
6. Be relaxed and “in control” of your fatigue, emotions and frustrations when you engage in this dialog.
7. Speak in a calm tone of voice and listen to the answers.

In the A Classes, factoring the RAW score will present challenges. Judges are to be accountable for both RAW & FACTORED results. This accountability will insure the quality of critique conversations for the A Classes. There are tools offered to WGI Judges and Circuit Partners to assist with this.

What can instructors ask at critique?
– For clarification of any unclear comments.
– For input on why the judge rated and ranked your guard in his/her caption.
– Instructors can also offer insights to aid the judge’s awareness in subsequent viewings

Where do I go if I have a concern?
It is the intent that the administration personnel handle all issues occurring at a WGI Regional on site.
– Contest procedure issue: Refer to the Contest Administrator, Director of Color Guard or WGI Representative
– Penalty issue: Refer to the Lead Judge at your show or if further follow-up is needed, contact the Director of Color Guard.
– Scoring issue: Refer to the Lead Judge at your show or if further follow-up is needed, fill out the online Color Guard Judge Evaluation Form. This will go directly to the Chief Judge and gain a response within the week.
– Commentary issue: Refer to the Lead Judge at your show or if further follow-up is needed, fill out the Color Guard Judge Evaluation Form. You will be able to attach the commentary in question to the electronic form.
– Professionalism issue: If pertaining to a judge refer to the Chief Judge through the Judge Evaluation Form or the Director of Color Guard. If pertaining to contest personnel refer to the Director of Color Guard and/or Executive Director.

Where do I go for help?
– Adjudication – Either the Lead Judge for regional or submit the online Judge Evaluation Form.
– Questions about the Judging System – Education Coordinator, Director of Color Guard Development, and Steering Committee Instructors.