just to point out...the current div I limit is 135, not 125, it was changed within the last few years (don't know when though)...it seems that there is a slight movement to get the judges off the field. by moving the percussion judge (early season) and vis performance judge, if both pass, it would probably only be a matter of time before the brass judge is moved to the front sideline as well.
1.) Extension of warm up time - so you still get 5 minutes to enter and set up, i guess the point is you get the last 3 of those minutes instead of 60 seconds to do a warm-up...i guess if you have to pass a rule, this is one of the safer ones, but you possibly run the risk of making stuff too drawn out and your kids run out of gas before the exciting stuff happens (of course this could be a design flaw within the show as well, so that's kinda moot)
2.) Raise membership of DI corps to 150 - 180 didn't pass in 2004, so he's going lower to eventually get up to that number. i understand wanting to have more horns or more guard, but when is enough enough? it's bad enough to see marching bands with so many people on the field that they can't do much without running into each other, drum corps should be very careful to not go down this same road
3.) Prop people not included in the membership count - i think this is really silly...if you have stuff that needs to be pushed around but don't want to have your corps membership moving it, perhaps it's not something you want on the field (see Capital Regiment "sundial", Cadets "door", etc...)
4.) Inclusion of electronic instruments - umm, no...next
5.) Positioning of Visual Performance Judge - then where do you put the judge? putting the judges in the bleachers not only takes away a seat from a paying audience, it also puts folks close to someone talking into a tape recorder throughout every show. if you give them a table on the field level, I suppose that could work, but i still think they need to be on the field.
6.) Ordinals decide placement at contests - i still don't understand the basis of this proposal and i've read it 4 different times...if the only proposal is GE is counted twice in the overall tally, than i think that's not necessary.
7.) Overall effect judges - not quite sure, i see where he's coming from, but a lot of corps still design with music and vis, not combined
8.) Percussion adjudication - mixed opinion....from a safety standpoint, i understand, but where in the bleachers?