A Letter from the Blog Founder
As coaches, choreographers or directors of color guards we have an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of the students we work with every day. This position not only allows us to stay involved in an activity that we enjoy and which, has presumably had a positive impact on our own lives, but it brings with it the responsibilities of teacher, designer, mentor and role model.
As a coach, you may be one of only a handful of teachers who has the opportunity to work with a student throughout the entire 4-year span of their high school experience. With two to five rehearsals a week for up to 10 months of the year (if you participate in both fall and winter programs) as well as football games, camps and competitions, a coach has plenty of time to get to know his/her students and make an impact in their lives.
With this opportunity comes great responsibility. The coach is a role model. Your students will not only learn color guard or dance skills from you but they will also learn leadership skills, teamwork, sportsmanship and how to treat one another. Some of your students may go on to coach their own teams one day. Undoubtedly, the things they learn from you (both skills and methods of instruction) will greatly influence how they will teach and treat their own students.
You will also have the opportunity to let each and every one of your students know that there is an adult beyond their immediate family who is interested in their growth and their well-being.
For these reasons and many more, it is so important that we think of ourselves, not only as color guard instructors, but as education professionals. In recognizing the great influence we have with our students and the great responsibility that comes along with that, we should, as all educators should, seek out opportunities for personal development and growth, constantly reevaluate our own teaching methods, place the students and their well-being at the center of all of our decision-making and strive to conduct ourselves with professionalism.
This website was started in 2007 as a cooperative resource and community for color guard educators: designers, coaches, choreographers, directors, judges, parents and student leaders who are dedicated to providing the best possible experiences for their students. As the site develops we will seek out articles and posts related to all aspects of coaching and managing a team, educational materials you can use with your students, an extensive links section to help you save time in searching for equipment providers, a message board for networking with other members of the color guard community and even instructional video clips for learning new vocabulary and technique.
If you are an experienced instructor, designer, director or judge please consider writing an article to share with the coaching community! Through sharing what works we will help each other to create the most positive experiences for all of our students and to promote growth in our activity as a whole! Want to share? Email us and let us know what you’d like to write about or take a look at our links and let us know if we’re missing a great one!
If you have a question you would like to see addressed or if you have suggestions or critique regarding the site we’d love to hear from you as well! Contact our site administrator