Scholarship Application Deadline is April 1, 2019

The deadline for submitting applications for the 2019 NJA/TIA Scholarships is April 1, 2019 at 12:00 NOON. Region Coordinators have the active link to the scholarship application.




from WGI NOTES: January 17, 2018

The Critique belongs to the director and staff. Here a few reminders to help you get the most out of YOUR critique. We want to help you and your members achieve their potential.

  1. Although coming to Critique is optional, it has proven to be extremely beneficial to all the groups at any level of development. Don’t stay away because the show is still rough or incomplete. That is perhaps when we can help the most.
  2. Make sure you listen to the commentaries from judges before Critique.
  3. Share with the judge what your program is all about and what the creative intent is. e.g. What is the program trying to convey?
  4. Ask questions about how the program is perceived from the audience/judges. What you conceived may be excellent but it may not be “coming across” to the judges. e.g. Does this section work? What is needed to make it more effective?
  5. Ask questions if you are unsure of what a judge meant in his/her commentary. Otherwise, there is not really a need to rehash what the judge said. e.g. What did you mean by…?
  6. Critique time is very short by necessity. Be prepared with your comments and questions to make the most of your time.

Have a Great Show!

More TIA Resources!

Here are five new resources for TIA 2019. Thanks to the committee of Brian Kenny, Shelly Campbell, Diane Yednak, Justin Smith, and Brian Lincoln for pulling this material together. This is a great one-stop shop for a lot of info.

The New Philosphy of Numbers- No Longer Performer over the book

2019 TIA Placemats (Sheets) and Judge Commentary

Classification, Promotion and Reclassification Process for 2019

Design Analysis vs General Effect

Where to Find Information


OMGhelpWe have completed the first four weeks of TIA 2019. And after four weeks of assistance with files, here are some quick tips from our tabulator/tech judges.

  1. Your device: Yes, this requires a smart phone or tablet/ipad. If it’s older, it probably will not support the WINDI APP. Your computer at school/home can access any time starting Monday after your show.
  2. Open your device and delete ALL versions of WINDI and use the most recent version from website. Search your device for older versions hiding out somewhere.
  3. If your device is school/business owned and controlled, the WINDI APP may not work until settings are changed to “allow” that to occur. Visit your IT staff for help.
  4. Check with tech/tab table – AT SHOW  or USE CLOUD – there is a difference!
  5. AT SHOW: log in to WINDI as network and use password(w!nd!2012) to access the router. You only need to do this once. Open WINDI PLAYER APP, log in with your user/pw.
  6. USE CLOUD: Open WINDI PLAYER APP, log in with your user/pw.
  7. If you log into WINDI prior to your performance, to check(a good idea on site), you will need to refresh or log in again after your performance to get your files.
  8. Forget your user/pw again? Ask tab/tech for assistance. Write is down!
  9. Device/System Updates: No one calls Tournament to announce any system updates to their devices. We find out just like you do.
  10. Your device: It helps you to know something about your device. System settings will help you “allow” the app to install, work, and you access to your files. You may need to check permissions to install. Check out your device prior to show day. Ask your IT person for help.
  11. DOWNLOAD: When you download, you have your files and can share and listen any time and anywhere. Listening from our site should give you access but will not  give you the full file.

ON SITE ASSISTANCE: Our tab/tech staff will assist you when asked. Our system is set up at least 30 minutes prior to the start of every Tournament event. Please follow their directions. They have some quick checks, quick fixes, and even helpful tips. While the tabulator may not be able to solve your problem on the first try, they will do everything possible to figure out the issue. Remember – every device is different and may have different settings – the only solution to controlling that is to sell every director the same device as your official Tournament WINDI PLAYER device. And guess what? That won’t work!



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Hey All!     Check yourself for this weekend!
Rookie Mistakes:
• Letting your personal anxiety set the tone and mood of the day –Performers will mirror your model. Stay calm and always in control. Leaders are ALWAYS leading! Even when you don’t know it.

• Not getting to the show-site early – Really?
• Not showing up for your sound-check – Inexcusable!
• Not having a clear plan for warm ups – This is your job too!
• Not having a first-aid kit at all times – This is not a surprise you want to figure out in real time. Be prepared!
• Not keeping your own time for warm-up areas
• Not keeping the focus during the transitions between warm-ups and the performance space – This is a critical transition that can make or break your performance
• Letting parents or support staff determine the tone/mood as performers meet the floor and the props – Good intentions can end with bad results here. The mood and tone is yours to set and all variables have to be managed by you.
• Setting up the floor backwards – This sets the expectation for the audience and judges.
• Not telling the performers where front is so they can set their
equipment properly – This is more common than you would expect. Make
them point to front before they go in!
• Not squaring the floor to the front sideline – This small issue can be an unsettling distraction that your performers discover only after they have started. If you have a support team setting your floor, you MUST rehearse this with them!
• Not having your backup music ready and available – Delay of show is a huge penalty and can mean a “one-and-done” day for you.
• Not having a staff person at the sound table – Someone has to make the call quickly if there is a sound issue.
• Not rehearsing set-up and tear-down – This impacts your total timing.
• Not meeting with the performers to reflect on the performance – The performers need to self-assess. They want to hear your thoughts too!…BEFORE they see their score.
• Not discussing their performance potential relative to the actual performance, in reflecting on success – You have to connect the way they rehearse to the way they perform. Skills and training create Finalists! Hoping for the perfect performance without ever seeing it in rehearsal suggests that someone else might need to take them to the show.
• Focusing on scores instead of placements and spreads – Early season numbers are not a science and the relativity across the country doesn’t really manifest until week 3 or 4. You should have already taken an educational step with your performers regarding competition as a motivator. You, as an instructor, need to check yourself before you get off that bus.
• Not discussing the next step for the group before leaving the site – You must use these performances as motivation. Let the performers be your partners in the competitive/creative process.
• Not preparing for critique if you have one. This is your time to get a reflection. Don’t waste it!
• Waiting for others to tell you “what to do” -Unless you are completely finished, no one else will be able to fill in the blanks of your vision except for you. We are only guessing at this point. The sketch is not the painting! Filter your input through your plan and the reality of where you really are at this time.

You are setting your standard for the year! Have the best run of the year! …and then
make sure it becomes your worst!
Be Brilliant!