Numbers of bands in different sections in different areas. This is a subject that appears to cause a lot of discussion over the years but never appears to get resolved and I am wondering if readers will; be able to point me in the direction as to where ands to whom I address my concerns. In my area the North West, Bands entered for the Areas this year are. 73. Comprised as follows. Championship. 11 1st Sections 10. 2nd Section 16 3rd Section 13. 4th Section 25. Surely this is not a level playing field. What is the correct procedure to reduce the numbers in the 4th Section to be equally spread among the other section? Surely 73 bands in 5 sections could be in the region of 14 in each section and an extra 3 making 17 in the 4th section. I am aware of the rulings of Kapitol Promotions that promotion and relegation are governed in the system of 2 up and 2 down if there are more than a certain number of bands in that section but is it not possible that the regional committee can address this situation within the region to formulate evenness in each section. West of England also appears to have a similar problem, but it is not for me to speak for them. I am concerned for my area the North West. Is it in the hands of the Regional committee to resolve this issue or is it down solely to Kapitol Promotions, the main sponsors of the National Competitions? Taking this issue a stage further, qualifying for the finals of the areas appears to be a lottery as to the area you are registered with. Extract from the Kapitol web site rules of the competition. Up to 16 bands entered ……………………………….. 2 bands qualify 17 to 24 bands entered ……………………………….. 3 bands qualify 25 bands and over entered ……………………………. 4 bands qualify Taking all the areas there are two 6’s and two 7’s in four sections. How can they then be entitled to enter TWO bands in the finals and yet only FOUR bands can qualify when there are over 25 bands entered. Would it not be fairer if you achieved a qualifying place in the ratio of 1 place for every 6 bands entered. Therefore the rule would read. Upto 6 bands entered 1 band qualifies. 7 to 12 bands entered 2 bands qualify. 13 to 18 bands entered 3 bands qualify 19 to 24 bands entered 4 bands qualify. Over 25 bands entered 5 bands qualify. This system would not increase the number of bands qualifying at all but would give a much fairer spread of equality to the current system. If this change has to go to the regional committee’s if agreed by Kapitol I am sure it will be similar to Turkeys voting for Christmas but it might be worth a try for the future of our organisation. I trust that this thread will get some response as it appears to be a topic that always creates interest.