How Color Guard is Judged (and Designed and Taught)

Judges Academy Lopo Shield FLAG Color Guard Academy without Words

This two-hour course explains each of the typical disciplines used when judging color guard performances.  Expert adjudicators and instructors Ron Comfort, J.R. Carlisle, and Courtney Allison (of the Color Guard Academy) have interesting conversations about Movement, Equipment, Ensemble/ Design, and Effect.  Great information for the new instructor, designer, or adjudicator, and a valuable reminder for the more experienced. SCROLL DOWN to Sample the Coursework.

Tuition is only $50 for the individual

A director can gain access for themselves and their entire staff for only $150.  Methods of payment accepted are credit card, debit card, or school purchase order.  Each person can use the course materials for 4 weeks after registration. Many directors have had their school or band program pay for the course as discipline-specific professional development. Just supply the names and email addresses of your staff when registering. Get your entire team on same page and have your most successful season ever!


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Movement and Equipment

Ron Comfort and Courtney Allison How Color Guard is Judged Marching Roundtable Judges Academy no namesRon Comfort and Courtney Allison explain how these “downstairs” captions are adjudicated.

Topics include:

  • The importance of training
  • How “Movement is part of everything”
  • Advice for instructors on the process
    of teaching and running a rehearsal
  • Clarify the difference between
    Well-Rehearsed and Well-Trained
  • Writing for the performers you have

Ensemble / Design and Effect

Ron Comfort and J.R. Carlisle How Color Guard is Judged Marching Roundtable Judges Academy no namesJ.R. Carlisle and Ron Comfort share clear explanations of these “upstairs” captions.

Topics include:

  • The difference in the “construction / analytical” analysis
    vs. the “reactive” analysis
  • Connecting the Dots – How you get into
    and out of a moment is critical!
  • The timeline for a season – for judges and instructors
  • Opportunities for continued growth and learning
  • Advice on designing shows and running more effective rehearsals



Sample the Coursework: