League Table System Being Considered for World’s
A new league table system is being considered for the Grade 1 event at the World Pipe Band Championships. If approved, the new format would do away with the previous system whereby the top six finishers –- conceivably including the reigning World Champion — from the previous year’s World’s receive a bye to the final.
Under the proposed new system, bands would accrue points at other RSPBA championships throughout the year to determine six bands that would receive a free pass into the final of the World’s.
The new approach caters primarily to bands regularly competing on the RSPBA circuit, and so-called “overseas bands” traveling to the World Championships would automatically qualify for the final at the contest by having finished in the top six at the previous year’s World’s, or making the prize list at an RSPBA major championship that year.
Under the proposed league table qualifying system, pre-qualifiers for the final could number as many as twelve bands, but that number will likely be around seven or eight.
Bands that haven’t automatically qualified for the final would play for open spots in a competition in the morning, as per usual, with a minimum of four bands going through.
The proposed league table system will be discussed and voted on at the RSPBA’s annual general meeting in Glasgow this month.
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