BCPA Rules Changes for 2021 and 2022

The BCPA Rules subcommittee would like to thank the members of the Adult Aged Pipers Stakeholders Group, BCPA Solo Grading subcommittee, Highland Games Associations, instructors and other interested parties for their input and feedback for the following changes to our Music Requirements and Rules. The following revisions were approved at the BCPA Board Meeting on October 6, 2021 and come into effect immediately.

The updated Music Requirements and Rules documents are located here:

Effective for 2021 Season

Changes to the Adult Piping Grade music requirements

Event 175 – Strathspey & Reel (2 parts played twice or 4 parts each) has been added

Addition of the new Adult Prep Piping grade and its music requirements

The Adult Prep Piping grade is a non-competition preparatory class for adult aged pipers who desire adjudicator’s feedback on their development progress prior to eventually entering competitions in the Adult Piping grade.

Its defined events are:

Event 181 – 2/4 March (minimum four parts)
Event 182 – Slow Air (minimum two parts, repeats to be observed)
Event 183 – 6/8 March (minimum four parts)

BCPA Solo Piping Rules changes associated with the Adult Piping grade and the new Adult Prep Piping grade (changes noted in italics)

4.1.4 The Adult grade is limited to competitors 18 years of age and older and is limited to a maximum ability of the Grade 4 Piping Grade. Upon approval of the Grading Committee, the promotion path is into the Grade 4 Piping grade.

4.1.5 The Adult Prep grade is limited to participants 18 years of age and older who have never competed on pipes before. Effective October 1, 2021, participation is limited to a maximum ability of the Grade 4 Piping grade. Participants in this grade are not eligible for prizes or placings but will only receive adjudicator’s feedback.

Guidance to adult aged pipers

To facilitate introduction of these changes, pipers who are 18 years of age and older have the following grade transfer options available without requiring submission of a regrading appeal to BCPA:

– From the Adult Prep to Adult grade
– From Adult to Adult Prep grade
– From Adult to Grade 5 (Only for the 2021/22 season)
– From Adult to Grade 4 (Only for the 2021/22 season)

All other grade transfer scenarios require the submission of a regrading appeal to BCPA by contacting the BCPA Secretary at  secretary@archive.bcpipers.org