Ontario revamps Champion Supreme system for bands
The Ontario piping and drumming scene is adapting to changing times by redeveloping its system for determining aggregate annual winners of pipe band Champion Supreme awards. The Pipers& Pipe Band Society of Ontario’s Music Board over the winter was tasked with reforming the existing system so that a more equitable approach could be put into place.
The new system drops giving preference to designated “Champion Supreme” events and instead rewards achievement based on larger competition fields. Prize-winning bands will accrue more Champion Supreme points based on the number of competitors in the event.
Bands succeeding at the North American Pipe Band Championships will also receive additional reward for their accomplishments in terms of aggregate points.
In previous years the PPBSO Champion Supreme system awarded points over five places for designated Champion Supreme events and points over only three places at non-championships. With the gradual reduction in the number of Champion Supreme contests, and the rising band entry at “small” events, an adjusted approach was necessary.
The new system considers the actual number of competitors that played in the event. In contests with no more than five bands competing, five points will be awarded for a first-prize, four points for second, three for third, and so on.
When six or more bands compete in an event, bands will receive 50 per cent more points, with first-prize amounting to 7.5 points, second-prize six points, third 4.5 points, etc.
Prize-winning bands at the North American Championships will be rewarded commensurately, with Champion Supreme points simply doubled: first-prize 10 points, second-prize eight points, third-prize six points, etc.
The total points that a band accrues at the end of the season will be tabulated and then divided by the number of contests that the band competed in, producing an average. The band with the greatest average will win the Champion Supreme designation in the grade.
For a band to be eligible to win the Champion Supreme award it must attend a minimum of 50 per cent of pipe band competitions sanctioned by the PPBSO at which an event for the applicable grade is offered. A total of 10 PPBSO-sanctioned pipe band competitions are scheduled for the 2009 Ontario season, all of which offer events for Grade 5, Grade 4 and Grade 3 bands. There are seven contests scheduled for Grade 1 and eight for Grade 2.
In events where there is a final after qualifying competitions, only the results from the final competition will be applied to Champion Supreme points.
The organization plans to maintain an updated tally of Champion Supreme points on its website throughout the summer. It is in the process of updating its website to include the new band Champion Supreme structure.
The PPBSO’s Music Board also drafted a similar system for solo competitions that rewards successful competitors for the depth of the field he/she competes against, with a goal if implementation for 2010. The organization said that the existing system for solo competitions will remain in place in 2009.