I have just noticed on the MABBC website that it states at the bottom of the top section entries; "To meet with a directive stating that the Championship Section in each region should have a maximum of Twelve Bands; more than TWO bands may be relegated to the first section after the regional competition." Is this a new directive, or has it been in place for some time? Looking at the contest archive, the Midlands had 13 bands in both 2007 and 2008 as well as 2009. Surely IF they were going to demote three bands then they should have stated this on the contest forms? Also, why is it a 'may' not a 'will'??? Can anyone with knowledge on the rules please enlighten me?