Change in Division I Format
2001 the DCI Board of Directors voted to recognize a Division I World
Champion on Friday evening of World Championships, thus opening the
door for the formation of a new division. While two-thirds of the
members supported this action there has been concern raised since
the meeting when the details of implementation became clearer. More
consideration is needed than just changing the format for the 2001
At the May DCI executive
committee meeting, the concerns of directors, fans, and corps members
regarding the championship format change, announced on the DCI web
site, were discussed at great length. It was discussed that the depth
of the addition of a new division goes well beyond recognizing a champion.
The intent of the addition of the new division is to create an environment
for growth for corps, as well as enhance the performers experience.
The executive committee recognized that the step of changing the championship
format without consideration of the many steps necessary to develop
the new division fully might be more of a negative than a positive.
Jeff Fiedler, DCI board chairman, stated, "The concept of establishing
a new division is a significant move on the part of DCI. We simply
need to make sure we have done all that we can to set this move up
for success before taking the next step." The executive committee
has asked the board of directors to reconsider their February vote.
The board voted to support the executive committee’s decision to rescind
the vote and will reconsider the matter of the formation of a new
division at their January 2002 annual board meeting.
While this has caused a
bit of confusion among corps members and fans, it is important to
note that the input received to date from the many corps members and
fans responding to our web site release, both positive and negative,
was very helpful in facilitating the result of this decision. The
most important aspect of the decision making process for the DCI leadership
is that it is always guided by what the collective believes is in
the best interest of all participating.
The Spring 2001 DCI Today
publication includes an article explaining the championships format
change. Unfortunately the DCI executive committee’s decision came
after the DCI Today was printed. DCI apologizes for the further confusion
this may cause.
DCI would like to thank the many fans and corps members who responded and thank you for your patience with DCI as we try to take the best possible steps towards the growth and stability of this great activity. We’ll see you at DCI World Championships Semifinals on Friday, August 10, 2001 featuring the top 17 corps advancing from Quarterfinals.
This refers to the story from DCI "Five
Championship Divisions in 2001"
CyberWebMistress Caryn Roberts