INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Though not a rules congress year at the DCI annual meetings, Drum Corps International’s voting membership passed two new policies in the competition area on Saturday, both focused on safety.

The first change involves placement of the field judges (percussion, brass, visual proficiency). These adjudicators will now work exclusively from front field, having the flexibility to move past the front sideline — up to two yards — to sample performances.

DCI judge administrator John Phillips said that to support the new policy, none of the language or criteria on the current judging sheets will require changes.

The second policy passed involves prop safety and comprises several precautionary measures for performers on elevated platforms.

Adopting new competitive policies emphasizing participant safety was a fitting conclusion to this year’s annual meetings. Another demonstration of DCI’s commitment to enhancing health, wellness and safety throughout the organization.