Policies, Procedures, Guidelines and Information


Ensembles/Entrants understand the following Rules, Policies, Procedures, Guidelines and Information supersede any other national/regional circuit rules or policies and ir is the ensembles responsibility to understand and adhere to any differences should the ensemble attend events in multiple associations, circuits, regions or venues.



  • Classifications, Captions, Scoring
    • Classification Information  – Classification selection takes place during Event Registration on the “SHOW SELECTION/REGISTRATION” tab.
    • Promotion Process
    • Captions, Scoring
      • There are four captions for marching classes and two captions for concert classes.   All classes will have a timing and penalty (T&P) caption.
    • Rules, Timing and Penalties

  • Event and Facility Information
    • Due to Noise Ordinances, no tuning, playing, sound checks, or warming up before 8:00am or after 9pm at any event on any campus.
    • There is no smoking, alcohol or illicit drug use allowed at any event, campus or venue.
    • Parking Lot Etiquette
      • Truck and bus parking areas are limited to Trucks, Buses and Passenger Vans only at all events.
      • Tailgating, BBQing, or food preparation of any kind is not permitted on any school or event campus. Food cannot be prepared on any of the campuses, including parking areas.  Picnics, buffets, etc are also not permitted.  Please go off site if you must prepare food for your students.  Each event host will have a variety of food, beverage, and vendors available throughout the performance day.   Please support the host by visiting these vendors.
      • No Warm-up, mets, “gawk” blocks, tuning, sound checks, etc in any parking areas.  10-point penalty.  No Warning.
      • Use of Floors is not permitted in any parking areas.   10-point penalty.  No Warning.
    • Check-in
      • If for some reason your ensemble is unable to make a performance, please let us know.
      • Please check-in so we know you have arrived.
      • Plan on arriving and checking in approximately 90 minutes prior to performance time.  If you are running late please contact us to let us know.   If you plan or have to arrive early, we ask that you coordinate an early arrival with ADLA and the Event Host.
      • There will be an ensemble check-in area at each event – see campus map in the director packet for each event.  Please send a responsible adult to check-in the ensemble as you arrive on campus.
      • You will receive a director’s packet, which contains schedules, maps, and other pertinent information for the day.   Also, be mindful of the emergency contact and adult supervision requirements at check-in.
      • Please help eliminate check-in delays and any discrepancies between performer numbers.  Update your performer counts on the website before the end of the week.  Or, if after the deadline, email us with your performer count at info@myadla.org – be sure to include your ensemble name.
    • Warm-up Area and Etiquette
      • Be cool to each other and your neighbors in the warmup areas.
      • Warm-up in the designated warmup areas only.
      • This is a warm-up area, not full rehearsals with floors, props and do not cone off areas for drill, etc,
      • Amplified mets are not permitted in the warm-up or truck/bus parking areas.
      • Do not pull floors in the warm-up or truck/bus parking areas, warm-up areas.
      • Power will not be available or provided in any warm-up areas.  Power is on your own.Do not warm-up or tune in the bus/truck parking area.
      • Thanks for not leaving any debris or trash behind in the warm-up or bus/trucking areas.
      • Amplified mets or “gawk” blocks are not allowed anywhere on campus, in performance, warm-up areas, or adjacent to neighboring houses or businesses.  10-point penalty.
      • Warm-up space is limited at events and use of Floors is not permitted in any warm-up area.   10-point penalty.  No Warning.
      • Do not use tape, chalk or any other marking substance to mark your warm-up area and please leave the area as clean as, or cleaner than when you arrived.
    • Floor Folding Area Etiquette
      • Floor old only in designated areas.
      • There will be a floor folding area outside of the ensemble/performers’ exit.
      • Fold floor and move out of the area quickly so as not to back up the show flow.
      • Equipment should not obstruct any entrances or exits or walkways used for/by ensembles or any other pedestrian traffic.
    • Performance Area
      • Ensembles will have a performance area of at least 60 feet (front stands to back stands) by 90 feet (hoop to hoop).
      • Floor folding maps ( horizontal vs vertical ) and ensemble entrance/exit information will be available on the website.
      • All grounded equipment and props must have protective surfaces to prevent damage to gym floor and floor covering.  For example,  equipment stands, etc.   must have rubber feet – no bare metal, wood, pvc, etc.
      • Gas/Diesel Powered Generators are NOT permitted in the aux or performance gyms.   Neither are gas or fuel cans of any kind – no liquids, flammables, etc.     Do not bring them inside nor walk them through.  These are serious penalties and not negotiable.
      • Debris or liquids brought in by your ensemble, floor or equipment could cause safety issues and delays – both can add up to significant penalties.   Keep your floor, equipment and performers dry and safe.   Keep all covered during transit to the pre-stage and performances areas.  Dry off before entering performance area.
      • Performance Schedule and gym flow is available on the website.
      • Practice getting on/off the floor.


  • Spectator Tickets and Admissions
    • Ticket/Admission prices will be as follows:
      • Regular Season Shows:  $11
      • Semi Finals:  $15
      • Championships:  $22

      For all events, children under 5 are free.

      Please see the website for each event for the most current ticket/admission information.

      Please note there are no refunds for any tickets for any event for any reason.  Check the performance schedule for your ensembles performance time.  Plan accordingly.   Traffic is ALWAYS a consideration.


  • Awards.
    • Regular Season Events
      • Award ceremonies will begin shortly after the last performing ensemble.
      • Regular Season Events will consist of a student leader only retreat.
      • Please have student leaders stage at the ensemble entrance prior to the last performing ensemble.
    • Semi-Finals
      • There is not an award ceremony at Semi-Finals
      • Ensembles advancing to championships will be announced shortly after the conclusion of each class – not round.
      • There will be a directors/instructors meeting the Tuesday following Semi-Finals for those ensembles advancing to Championships.  This is an important meeting to review specifics of the Championship site and venue logistics.
    • Championships
      • There will be a full retreat awards ceremony at Championships.
      • All performers from each ensemble will be invited to participate, in uniform, during this ceremony.

  • Weather
    • Weather will be variable from week to week, event to event.  Plan accordingly.
    • All events will proceed as scheduled, regardless of weather, unless (1) Conditions become unsafe for the performers and spectators, or (2) the facility or hosts require a different plan.
    • Any changes in schedule or locations will be communicated at check-in and/or posted to the website.
    • Allow for additional travel time, setup, and movement of your ensemble in the event of adverse conditions.
    • Remember to pack tarps and rags to keep equipment dry in transit and dry off prior to entry in the gym.
    • There will be limited covered warm-up areas.
    • Remind your instructional staff not to overly exert your students/performers.
    • Remember to keep your performers out of the direct weather exposures as much as possible and well hydrated.
    • It is your responsibility to plan for and provide water and any additional shade or coverage as you and your ensemble require.

  • Professionalism
    • As this is an educational event, you must remember to hold your performers, staff, parent boosters, volunteers and yourself to the highest level of professionalism. Conflicts, although rare, can occur and should be resolved by visiting the judges’ table on the gym floor and informing them that you need assistance resolving a conflict.  (This is for instructors/ directors only; please do not send parents or boosters to resolve conflicts.) Any conflict not handled with professionalism could result in a penalty, or disqualification.
    • To avoid difficult situations, please remind your staff, parents, volunteers, etc. that confronting, intimidating, threatening or otherwise being belligerent to judges or event/host staff, workers and volunteers could result in significant penalties up to disqualification.    If there is an issue, the individual(s) should work through the event host director.
  • Spectator and Audience Etiquette
    • Please remain seated during performances.
    • Please be respectful of judges and areas around the judges. Do not interrupt or interfere with judges.
    • No sitting or standing in aisles or the floor areas immediately surrounding the performance areas.
    • Please turn cell phones to silent and refrain from talking or interruptive behavior during performances.
    • For the safety of the performers, please no flash photography.
    • Video recording of performances is not permitted.

  • Animals and Pets
    • Animals and pets are not permitted on campuses or in performance areas.

  • Ensemble Performance Order and Schedules
    • Event schedules will be available on the website beginning 3 weeks prior to the event with a final schedule available 4 days prior.  The official schedule will be included in your check-in materials on the day of the event.
    • Performance order at regular season events is based primarily on attendance at the pre-season meeting, and paid registration date and time. Ensembles that did not attend will be put in an earlier time slot, and then by paid registration date and time.
    • Semi-Finals rounds will be implemented for divisions with more than 10 ensembles.  The number of competing ensembles determines the number of rounds.   Seeding in the rounds is based on number of rounds and the group’s season high score.  The performance order in each round is based on attendance at the pre-season meeting and then on registration date/ time.   The number of ensembles advancing to Championships will be 50% of the competitors in each division, up to 60 groups.  If there are more than 60 groups, the percentage of groups advancing may decrease.
    • Performance order at Championships is based on scores from Semi-Finals – reverse order lowest to highest.
    • Performance order for classes at Championships will be as follows:
      • AM
        • Novice
        • Regional B
        • Junior Classes
      • PM
        • Concert
        • Regional A
        • Scholastic A, Open, World
    • Performance Order requests must be received 2 weeks prior to an event.   Email must be submitted to eventreg@myadla.org.  There are no guarantees.   Out of class requests are not permitted.


  • Event Information
    • Evaluation/Classification Events
    • Regular Season Events
      • Typically there will be between 5 and 8 regular season events each season.   Currently. These events will be located in the Southwestern United States.
    • Semi-Finals
      • Percussion Entrants must attend one (1) regular season event to participate in Semi-Finals. All classes will participate in Semi-Finals.
      • There will not be an awards ceremony or a critique at Semi-Finals. Scores and finalists will be announced at the end of each division and posted on the website and social media outlets.
      • There will be a webinar for director/instructors of all Finalist Ensembles held on the Monday evening following Semi-Finals – details will be emailed to Finalist Ensembles.    It is in your best interest to attend the webinar.
      • Semi-Finals is typically a two-day event – Saturday and Sunday.
      • All ensembles need to participate in one (1) regular season show to qualify for Semi-Finals.
      • Deadline to sign-up for Semi-Finals is March 1st.
      • Critique is not offered at Semi-Finals.
      • Block Scheduling Information – subject to change.
    • Championships
      • To qualify for Championships/Finals, all Percussion Entrants must attend at least one (1) regular season event and Semi-Finals.
      • The number of entrants advancing to Championships is dependent on the number of entrants in each division.
      • Critique is not offered at Championships.
      • Championships is currently a one-day event, Saturday, and usually held mid to late April.
      • To advance to Championships, all ensembles must attend one (1) regular season event and qualify at Semi-Finals.
      • Block Scheduling Information – subject to change.


  • Event Feedback and Surveys.
    • Feedback survey will be available to ensemble directors/managers at select events.   If an ensemble would like to provide more detailed Judge feedback, judge feedback forms are also available to ensemble directors/managers.
    • Take a few moments to complete the Event Survey to tell us about your experiences at the event.  If you are not receiving this survey, it means your email is not associated with an ensemble.


  • Event Food and Concessions.
    • Event food and concessions will be variable at each event.
    • Food or drinks may or may not be permitted inside the performance area – please see and respect signage and event policies.
    • Please no food prep on campus per health code.
    • Please do not leave trash or debris in the bus/truck parking areas.

  • Restrooms, Changing and Locker Rooms
    • These facilities will be indicated on campus maps and through signage in and around campus.

  • Contact Information
    • For questions or information related to Events, Event Registration, New Ensembles, Ensemble Management email us at eventreg@myadla.org
    • General Information – info@myadla.org
    • General Contact Number – 800-931-1740