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2022 Open Class Schedule Analysis


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OPEN CLASS

 

Key Match-Ups

The top 3 finishers in 2019 were Spartans, Legends, and Gold, in that order, without Blue Devils B or Vanguard Cadets participating. In 2018, Vanguard Cadets and Blue Devils B were #1 and #2 with Gold, Legends, and Spartan filling out the top 5.

Blue Devils B and Vanguard Cadets are running an identical schedule in 2022 with head-to-head competition beginning on July 5 in California. Neither corps will meet reigning champion Spartans until DCI Open Class Finals in Marion, IN on August 8. 

Gold will meet up with Blue Devils B and Vanguard Cadets several times in the first half of the tour while in California beginning on July 8 in Sacramento, CA.

Legends and Spartans match up a few times late in the season beginning with Legends’ debut performance on July 29 in Sheffield, PA.

Year-Over-Year Comparison

The 2022 DCI Tour kicks off Friday, June 24, 2022 in Oceanside, California and concludes Saturday, August 13, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In between, there will be 32 days with Open Class corps in competition, a decrease of one day from the scheduled 2020 tour.

 

2020 

2022

Days with Open Class corps in competition

33

32

# of times when 14+ Open Class corps compete on the same day

8

(7/10, 7/11, 7/12, 7/31, 8/1, 8/3, 8/6)

7

(7/16, 7/17, 7/23, 7/24, 8/6, 8/8, 8/11)

# of Open Class corps competing at Indy

15

14

(minus Heat Wave & Shadow, plus Vanguard Cadets)

There is much less of a decrease in show participation among Open Class corps compared to World Class corps. 

Six corps increase their number of shows in 2022 over 2020 - Blue Devils C (+2), Columbians (+4), Golden Empire (+1), Les Stentors (+3), Phenom (+3), and Vanguard Cadets (+3). Seven others remain the same. Just one corps decreases by a significant number - Heat Wave (-7).

Heat Wave will perform the fewest times (6) and Colt Cadets will perform the most times (17). 

Scheduled Competitions 

(including Day 1 in Indy)

2020 

2022

Difference between 2022 and 2020

7th Regiment

11

11

0

The Battalion

10

10

0

Blue Devils B

12

12

0

Blue Devils C

7

9

2

Colt Cadets

17

17

0

Columbians

6

10

4

Gold

18

15

-3

Golden Empire

10

11

1

Guardians

11

11

0

Heat Wave

13

6

-7

Impulse

10

9

-1

Legends

11

8

-3

Les Stentors

9

12

3

Louisiana Stars

13

10

-3

Phenom

7

10

3

Raiders

9

8

-1

River City Rhythm

15

15

0

Southwind

14

12

-2

Spartans

14

14

0

Vanguard Cadets

9

12

3

Vessel

10

9

-1

Watchmen

11

9

-2

There are some notable changes in how early in the season given corps are entering the fray. Those entering significantly earlier than scheduled in 2020 are - Les Stentors (11 days), Phenom (10 days), Gold (7 days), Impulse (7 days), Vessel (7 days), and Watchmen (7 days). Given that all of these corps are either in California or opening the season in California, there is probably a show schedule effect at play here. 

On the other side of things, several corps will be waiting longer than last time around to begin - Raiders (22 days), Legends (16 days), Blue Devils B (11 days), Blue Devils C (11 days), Vanguard Cadets (11 days), and Colt Cadets (7 days).

Days after season opening show when first competition occurs

2020 

2022

7th Regiment

8

8

The Battalion

21

19

Blue Devils B

0

11

Blue Devils C

0

11

Colt Cadets

1

8

Columbians

14

14

Gold

7

0

Golden Empire

0

0

Guardians

24

24

Heat Wave

17

15

Impulse

7

0

Legends

19

35

Les Stentors

32

21

Louisiana Stars

19

20

Phenom

10

0

Raiders

7

29

River City Rhythm

9

8

Southwind

18

20

Spartans

8

8

Vanguard Cadets

0

11

Vessel

7

0

Watchmen

7

0

I was curious whether COVID protocols would lead any corps to build in more “down” time between shows. Here are the longest stretches without a show this year compared to the 2020 schedule. 

Most of the changes are insignificant or can be attributed to other causes. The Cadets decrease from 8 “no show” days to 4 is likely due to administrative changes and corps management that occurred for the 2020 season. The increase from 2 to 14 for Jersey Surf reflects the early- and late-season tour approach the corps takes this year.

Longest stretch of “no show” days

2020 

2022

7th Regiment

19

19

The Battalion

10

13

Blue Devils B

18

12

Blue Devils C

19

4

Colt Cadets

13

11

Columbians

1

4

Gold

11

12

Golden Empire

11

8

Guardians

4

6

Heat Wave

12

12

Impulse

10

18

Legends

11

2

Les Stentors

2

7

Louisiana Stars

7

12

Phenom

10

12

Raiders

23

4

River City Rhythm

11

13

Southwind

10

5

Spartans

12

13

Vanguard Cadets

18

12

Vessel

10

18

Watchmen

11

18

The master schedule grid I keep is available here.

Edited by DrumCorpsRadio
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