Category: Equipment Management/Logistics

EA Series: Transitions

| December 12, 2011 | 2 Comments

This will make your guard program better, I SWEAR! I had planned to cover this topic later in the series, but knowing that many guards are already starting their winter programs, I thought discussing it now might help prevent problems later on. One of the most common failures in all of color–guard–land is the dreaded […]

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Guard Room Organization and Inventory

| November 2, 2011 | 9 Comments
Guard Room Organization and Inventory

When my husband was hired as head band director of a school in Tennessee, I was so excited for him, but even more excited to start working with his colorguard. I came in to meet the girls and learned that their program had been struggling in recent years with no consistent director or guard instructor. […]

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To Sew or Not to Sew (Or- how in the heck do I apply all these sequins!)

| September 25, 2009 | 1 Comment
To Sew or Not to Sew (Or- how in the heck do I apply all these sequins!)

We’ve all seen beautiful flags, glistening in the contest afternoon sunshine, alive and vibrant with carefully applied sequins.  Gorgeous, fabulous, and let’s face it one more thing we can apply sparkle to in the fall, these flags can enhance the design aspect of any show.  So, you jump onto the sequin band wagon, but then […]

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Silk Painting Tutorial: Fading Flag

| April 13, 2009 | 3 Comments
Silk Painting Tutorial: Fading Flag

Designer Angela Khebou, StellaUSA.net , has written a wonderful step-by-step how-to on painting a faded colorguard flag.  It’s a great first project if you’ve ever wanted to give painting flags a try!

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Between the Door and the Music

| March 5, 2009 | 2 Comments

Do you rehearse the process of what occurs once your guard steps through the doorway of a gymnasium and into the competitive arena?  I’m talking about getting everything through the door and setting it. Sometimes it appears that we spend hours upon hours rehearsing what happens once the music starts, but pay little attention to […]

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Tip for Today: Tape the metal pieces of your rifle.

| August 24, 2008 | 0 Comments

The metal pieces of a rifle can be particularly sharp on bare hands, especially in cold weather.  Avoid injury by taping over all exposed metal including swivels and strap screws with electrical tape before the season begins.

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Tip for Today: PVC for Swing Poles

| August 21, 2008 | 0 Comments

1/4″ PVC available from your local hardware store works great for inexpensive swing flag poles you can cut to any custom size!

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Tip for Today: Avoid PVC for Standard Poles

| August 20, 2008 | 0 Comments

Don’t Use PVC for your standard size flag pole.  The inherent flexibility creates unnecessary strain on the wrist which could lead to injury.

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Tip for Today: Borrowed Flags

| August 19, 2008 | 0 Comments

No budget for new flags?  Try reaching out to other local coaches.  Many have closets full of unused flags they’d be happy to loan or sell and you’ll start to build a great local network at the same time!

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Tip for Today: Tape Poles Lengthwise

| August 17, 2008 | 0 Comments

Taping a pole for effect?  Save tape and create a smoother surface by taping the pole in long strips lengthwise rather than taping spirally around the pole.

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