Sir Knights All:
Please spread the information to all Virginia Knights Templar to promote competitive drill in our Commonwealth. All dais Officers, Recorders, and Instructors are specifically asked to help. The following is important information about changes to Virginia DRILL COMPETITION now planned for October 2018.
A description of the pioneering effort in Virginia to make Drill Competition possible for a team of just five Sir Knights was published in the November 2006 Virginia Supplement, Knight Templar magazine. It describes the benefits of competitive drill and changes that were made. Please note the cost of the Drill Regulations book has changed since 2006 and all the links and contact information from 2006 are no longer operative.
Sir Knights, because this activity has so much to offer we made changes in Virginia to make it easier to field a team. Our Grand Commandery established Virginia Class E competition in 2007. It consists of five Sir Knights: a Captain and four Marchers. The team members must have membership in a Virginia Commandery. They do not need to belong to the same Commandery.
Virginia Drill Competition has been moved from the Stated Conclave of the Grand Commandery in May due to time and facility constraints. The Virginia Drill Competition will be held at the Virginia Army National Guard Armory in Charlottesville in the Fall similar to that of the re-scheduled 2017 Competition. The planned date is Saturday, October 20, 2018. The Captain may work from notes. While memorization of the commands is not required or scored, the degree of success depends on familiarity and practice. The routine and details for Virginia Class E competition are in this linked file: "VA Class E Drill Routine Commands 31 Dec 2016 Final". This routine will continued to be used until a revision is deemed necessary. The basic elements are related to the full form opening.
If Sir Knights desire to form a Class A, B, C, or D Team and compete at Grand Commandery, the current Grand Encampment routine and rules for the respective Team Class are required to be adhered to.
*** Captains MUST register their team with me before September 1st in order to compete. ***
*** SKs interested in being a Judge should let me know as soon as possible. ***
William F. "Bill" Reinhold, KCT
Drill Team Committee Chairman
Past Grand Commander
Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Virginia