Teams will be required to perform three different functions that will be judged during the competition. They are the Team Inspection, the Color Guard Posting of the Colors and an Exhibition Phase. During each phase of the competition, teams and team members will be judged in uniformity and military bearing. The variations of marching styles will not be penalized, rather judged for bearing, precision, straight lines, uniformity, etc.
All teams are responsible for bringing all of their own equipment, including flags, poles, bases, parade equipment, rifles, swords, etc. Rifles must be inert and nonfunctioning. Teams bringing rifles or sidearms must comply with all federal, state and local requirements, concerning the transportation of such items.
The Honor Guard Demonstration/Competition is a one (1) day team event consisting of three segments including the Team Inspection, the Color Guard Posting of the Colors and the Exhibition Phase. Teams should arrive 30 minutes prior to their assigned starting time. Please note there will be no changing facilities on site. Teams start times will be posted on this site and social media one to two weeks prior to the event. Teams arriving late or not prepared may be disqualified.
The Honor Guard competition is composed of three separate events:
Preparation: Prior to the designated time for teams to begin the Team Inspection, teams will have an opportunity to assemble before moving to the Inspection line. Team members of the Honor Guard team may silently make one last inspection of their uniforms and equipment, to remove any lint, or dust and to straighten creases and gig lines, etc. prior to being inspected, the Honor Guard Unit shall move up to the Inspection Line and follow these instructions:
The Team Leader shall present the team for judging at the designated inspection location (the Inspection Line) at the proper time. The team shall fall-in on a single line at a full arms length dress right, and at “Attention". The team shall remain at attention until dismissed or otherwise told to do so by the judge. When the Team Leader is satisfied that his team is ready, he shall take his position in front of the team and inform the judge that the team is ready for inspection. Note: Judging begins when the Team Leader reports into the judge for inspection. The Leader will then be inspected for neatness, cleanliness, and military bearing. The remaining team members will then be inspected for conformity to the leader’s uniform. Members of the Honor Guard Unit will be randomly inspected at the judge’s discretion in the Team Inspection. Equipment used in the “Posting of the Colors” or the Exhibition phase, does not have to be carried or worn during the inspection. However, all equipment worn or carried will be inspected.
When the judge comes to a member carrying a piece of equipment (rifle, sword, etc.) that member shall bring the equipment to a “Port Arms” or carry position. The equipment will also be judged, however, the equipment will not be taken from the honor guard member. The individual members are judged on neatness, cleanliness, and military bearing – plus the team as a unit, is judged for conformity, precision, straight lines, etc. The leader will be given instructions by the judges, whether to stand by or follow the judge during the inspection of the team. At the end of judging for the Team Inspection, the judge will instruct the team or leader that the judging is complete and to prepare his team for the Posting of the Colors.
When the inspection portion for each team is completed, the flags/equipment may be brought to the flag bearer/s by self-supplied, non-participating members assisting each team. Not all team members are required to Post Colors but all team members must participate as guide on(s) or escorts. When the team has all equipment and is ready, the Team Leader shall notify the judge that the team is ready to Post the Colors. Judging begins in this event when the judge instructs the leader to begin. Each team will immediately begin the “Posting of the Colors.” Each team will post a minimum of two colors (national, state, province, district, agency, or unit flag when appropriate).
Starting from the start location, the Team Leader shall lead the Color Guard Team through the following:
Teams should take into consideration the positive impact their performance would have on the law enforcement image, patriotism, honor and memorializing of this profession. This phase is an opportunity for pomp and circumstance, snap and flare as it is viewed by the public.
Teams will be graded based solely on the judge’s discretion taking into account the following:
Team leaders must be prepared to give a quick overview of their routine to the judges before the performance to notify them of special movements, formations and directions of most movements.