Reorganization of DCI ordinal values to accommodate true placements of World Class performing ensembles; modify DCPI points values to accommodate this change.
The existing DCPI point values were put in place way back in 2010, and the activity has become significantly more competitive since then. It’s time to modernize and provide value to all corps.
With the inclusion of Open Class corps in preliminary competition since 2011 and increased competition annually among all corps in prelims henceforth, there are World Class corps that consistently don’t make semifinals and therefore should not be placed on a 25 ordinal scale.
Additionally, due to the increased competition and Open Class ensembles expected to petition for World Class tour inclusion, there very well may become more than 25 World Class ensembles in the coming years.
In DCPI Season 28 I found, in the end, that it was entirely unnecessary to track the lower placing corps at all because the current point system doesn’t value these corps – even an ordinal value of 1 for Pioneer makes them unusable in the current fantasy system.
To remedy this, I propose changing the system to accurately reflect the prior season’s ordinal placement and bring some value back to these lower placing corps.
1. Change individual corps ordinal values to reflect actual prior year placement:
a. Example for a live season referencing 2018 corps ordinal placement:
i. 40 – Santa Clara Vanguard
ii. 39 – Blue Devils
iii. 38 – Bluecoats
iv. 37 – Carolina Crown
v. 36 – Boston Crusaders
vi. 35 – Cavaliers
vii. 34 – Cadets
viii. 33 – Blue Stars
ix. 32 – Blue Knights
x. 31 – Mandarins
xi. 30 – Phantom Regiment
xii. 29 – Crossmen
xiii. 28 – Spirit of Atlanta
xiv. 27 – Colts
xv. 26 – Academy
xvi. 25 – Madison Scouts
xvii. 24 – Troopers
xviii. 21 – Pacific Crest
xix. 20 – Music City
xx. 19 – Oregon Crusaders
xxi. 17 – Genesis
xxii. 14 – Seattle Cascades
xxiii. 11 – Jersey Surf
xxiv. 5 – Pioneer
b. If the ordinal value referenced year’s preliminary competition features more than 40 performance ensembles, and a World Class corps places below 40th place, values for those corps will be at the lowest values of 1, 2, 3, etc., until an accurate ordinal value can be applied to a corps placement.
c. Off-seasons henceforth will be limited to years 2011 to current, as this is the first year DCI included Open Class corps in preliminary competition in the current era.
2. Change the DCPI point scale in each class. This generally follows the mathematical principles of the current system but adds slightly increased point restrictions to encourage probabilities of lower placing corps use. To explain this easily, we'll get increased flexibility as the season progresses with 2 points added weekly, but the season values will mathematically end where we currently start each season. This is to encourage the use of lower placing groups.
a. World Class: 230 points (0.71875 of 320; currently 0.75 of 200)
i. Five weekly increases of 2 points on Sunday, final increase on Sunday two weeks prior to end of season, to Max 240 (0.75 of 320; currently 0.775 of 200)
b. Open Class: 190 points (0.59375 of 320; currently 0.625 of 200)
i. Five weekly increases of 2 points on Sunday, final increase on Sunday two weeks prior to end of season, to Max 200 (0.625 of 320; currently 0.65 of 200)
c. A Class: 150 points (0.46875 of 320; currently 0.5 of 200)
i. Five weekly increases of 2 points on Sunday, final increase on Sunday two weeks prior to end of season, to Max 160 (0.5 of 320; currently 0.525 of 200)