This was being discussed off topic elsewhere and perhaps it deserves its own thread. As I see it (and I am no expert): Bands are awarded points based on their performance at the Regional Contests and this will place each band into positions in their respective sections - Championship, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. However, unlike the obvious similarities with the Football League table system, the top/bottom 2 or 3 do not necessarily get promoted/relegated as I understand the performance in the National Finals can also be taken into consideration. And other things. A Bands points are totalled over the previous 3 years performance in the Regionals although when a band is promoted it is awarded the average mark of its new Section over the previous 2 years. Likewise when relegated the average marks are awarded. I believe that when a band withdraws or did not compete (DNC) then it is awarded the lowest marked band's points +1. In another thread I raised the following observation: to which one of the replies made the point: So if the organising committee can allow an obviously strong band to jump a section without even competing at the Regionals/Nationals, should they equally have the power to demote a band if a few of them leave? Or should there be clear cut rules - the Adjudicators decision is final and the Adjudication should be what governs promotion/relegation etc. not a round the table committee or a nod and a wink or whatever?