Kiwi Marching – is designed for 5-12 year olds which aims at enjoyable participation by all regardless of ability, or gender. KiwMarching has been simplified from the traditional sport of marching with the basic skills and key elements retained and offers the participant an opportunity to build social development, self esteem, self discipline and physical fitness. KiwiMarching also develops co-ordination, appreciation of music, is educational and is heaps of fun.
Fernz – is a very basic set routine of standard drills that act as an introduction to marching prior to entering the competitive Under 12 Grade. Designed for a team of 6-10 marchers aged 6-12 years they march to a set March Plan of 4–5 technical movements and a display of marching own choice of movements to own choice music of approximately 1.00 – 1.30 minutes.
Under 12 Grade
Under 12 Grade – competitive marching for marchers aged 7-12 years. Designed for a team of 7-10 marchers, they march to a set March Plan of 7-9 technical movements and a display of own choice of movement to own choice of music of approximately 2.00 – 2.45 minutes.
Under 16 Grade
Under 16 Grade – the next step for older marchers 10 – 16 years. Is also designed for a team of 7-10 marchers who march a set March Plan of 9-11 technical movements and a display of marching of own choice of movements to own choice of music of approximately 2.30 – 3.15 minutes.
Senior Grade – is for marchers from a minimum age of 12 years with no upper limit. Usually marchers are young women who have left school and even young mothers fill the ranks of senior teams. Designed for a team of 7-10 marchers who march a set March Plan of 11-13 technical movements and a display of marching of own choice of movements to own choice of music of approximately 2.45 – 3.30 minutes.
Masters Grade – for ‘more senior’ marchers from a minimum age of 30 years with no upper limit, marchers who remain passionate about the sport but with a focus on participating for fun and friendship with less emphasis on the competitive requirements of the senior grade. Designed for a team of 7-10 marchers, they too march a set March Plan of 9-11 technical movements and a display of marching of own choice of movements to own choice of music of approximately 2.15 – 3 minutes.
Coaching – MNZ provides training workshops and a Coaching Accreditation Programme for all coaches. If you’re interested in becoming a coach, be sure to contact your local Association. Approval to Coach a team is given by your local Association. Coaches are encouraged to attend workshops and it is a requirement to attain MNZ Accreditation Level One after one year of Coaching to retain coaching status. For coaching assistance the local Association has a Coaching Co-ordinator and the MNZ Director of Coaching appoints Coaching Mentors each season.
Judging – MNZ provides training for all Judges and are trained for the appropriate section they are adjudicating with Accreditation levels at Trainee, Qualified, National Qualified and International. The Judging system is based on Awarding and judges adjudicate in an objective and unbiased manner and in compliance with the criteria stipulated. Judges wishing to return to the sport after 2 years can sit a Refresher Exam and continue at their previous status.
Administration – each local Association comprises a Committee and undertake to promote, encourage, administer and control the Sport of Marching in their geographic area. Committee Members contribute to the operational side of the affairs of the Association in accordance with the day-to-day financial management with an approved budget. In doing so they create and provide opportunities for all participants to reach their potential and gain maximum enjoyment from their involvement in the sport.
Disciplines of Marching
Technical Drill routines are a performance of the traditional military-like style of marching of compulsory drills and set march plans. A technical drill team comprises 7-10 marchers and combines a set Review and Inspection routine and a set March Plan of different type of drills and quantities of movements depending of the age grade performing. Technical Drill is precision in timing and spacing in movements and the execution and correctness of the drills and plan. Judging is based on an awarding system and the Technical Drill is covered by 4 judging positions. Technical Judge A judges at the Review and Inspection and judges position in rank and files, Technical Judge B judges the upper body, hand grips arm-swings, Technical C judge judges footwork and the Technical D judge judges spacing and covering in formations. All judges are seated at the rear of the field.
The Display phase is designed for teams to perform with 7-14 marchers. The display phase is a routine of rhythmic movements to enhance the performance and is performed to own choice of music. The Display should project the overall degree of excellence of the ‘picture being presented combined with the ‘look’ of the brilliance and versatility of the Team. Artistic and gimmicky type movements are permissible provided that, dignity and modesty is maintained. A Display should have visual value and spectator appeal and should finish in an exciting, well planned and co-ordinated manner. Movements must correlate to the music and should demonstrate variety, versatility and have visual value. Accessories, such as hoops, ribbons, flags, rifles etc may be used, but must enhance the overall presentation. Teams may add to, change or remove items from their uniform (eg change gloves colour, add capes etc) for Display and must be befitting the sport. The Display March is judged by 2 judges from seated positions on the front boundary where they are able to view the display with an overall view of entertainment as seen by the public.
Gala March is for Senior Teams only and was introduced more recently to the sport. The emphasis in on competitive entertainment befitting a ‘Gala’ occasion and is usually performed on a stage. Teams of 6-8 members perform a ‘Gala March’ of their own choosing of drills and routines executed to their own choice of music of approximately 2.30 – 3 minutes. The performance criteria includes’ some simple basic marching elements but leaves ample options and encouragement for the Coaches vibrant and exciting derivation of routines to music. Uniforms or costumes befitting the theme and music further enhance the performance. The performance is judged on a simple awarding system according to excellence and presentation for the Technical and Display criteria by MNZ accredited judges and performance and entertainment value by Guest Judges from the local community of the Host Association.