Category: Equipment Management/Logistics

“Sail Away!”

| May 29, 2008 | 0 Comments

Here’s a short article I wrote in Halftime Magazine’s May/June 2008 issue with tips for avoiding and dealing with fabric sails when spinning flag.  Check it out on their website!  Sail Away .

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The Air Blade by Band Shoppe!

| May 14, 2008 | 1 Comment
The Air Blade by Band Shoppe!

A new equipment option for your weapons book!     This month, Band Shoppe released the exciting new “Air Blade.”  The Air Blade is an alternative equipment choice for your weapons book.  It functions and feels similar to a rifle when spinning but certainly has a much less traditional “look.”  Here is a quick review […]

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How to Construct a Floor from Recycled Billboards!

| January 6, 2008 | 6 Comments
How to Construct a Floor from Recycled Billboards!

  This is how we built our floor from recycled billboards for the 2008 season at Broad Run High School in Ashburn, VA. We just finished up our annual ritual of prepping and painting our show floor for the season, but this year things were a little different.  We built our floor from recycled (and […]

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Painting a Rifle

| January 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

We recently received an email inquiry from a reader about how to repaint a rifle when it gets chipped.  We spoke to John from Premier Rifles for his advice.  This is what he recommends! To play it safe you should use enamel paint on rifles.  Some rifles are painted with enamel and some with lacquer […]

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Tip for Today: Equipment Numbers

| December 2, 2007 | 0 Comments

Each year I assign everyone a number for Fall Guard. I then number all equipment with these numbers. The girls are to use the equipment with their number on it only- whether it’s for a rehearsal or taking their equipment home. This way if anything is damaged I will know who to go to about […]

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Tip for Today: Guard Bags

| November 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

Let each member of your guard have their own guard bag- this can even be their shoe bag.  Make sure they keep their own make-up, brush, hair ties, band-aids, their own roll of tape and any other personal or essential guard items in there.  Have them bring the bag with them where ever you travel […]

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Cheater Tapes for Flags

| September 27, 2007 | 3 Comments
Cheater Tapes for Flags

Many groups add tape markings to their flag poles to assist with uniform hand placement throughout the ensemble.  These tapes are so helpful in cleaning up routines that those new to the idea might exclaim in disbelief, “Hey! That must be cheating!”  Not to worry! “Cheater tapes” are perfectly legal and just may be the […]

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Tip for Today: Avoiding a Flag Sail

| August 30, 2007 | 1 Comment

“Way too often one of your members will get a sail with their flag during a performance.  The eye is drawn to this performer.  One thing that I find helpful is to discuss the pathway that your flag should take when reversing directions but it seems the main issue here may be that top tip.  […]

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Finishing Touches

| August 28, 2007 | 5 Comments

Finishing Touches Don't Overlook the Pole and Endcaps When Designing Your Flags! Contributed By Darrick Betro Here are a couple tricks that will help clean up your guards' flag work as well as add a little bit of detail to your overall equipment design!

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Tip for Today: Taping Flag Bolts

| August 26, 2007 | 0 Comments

“Tape the bolts/weights for your flags before putting them into the end camps so that they don’t rattle in the pole when you spin.” – Nicki Rametta, Thomas Edison High School Colorguard

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