Category: Teaching/Cleaning Routines

Who Are You Writing For?

| March 11, 2013 | 3 Comments

We’re now in the middle of the winter guard season and the competitive heat is on. Many instructors struggle with what to do with judge’s comments. You’ve probably been told that something in your show that you thought was great isn’t so great. Now you have to decide what to do. We who judge like […]

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Taking the Next Step: Adding Lower Body Mid-Season

So, because I need to get a life have an odd fascination with pageantry activities, a few weeks back when I had a Saturday without a show on my calendar, I decided to tag along with a dear friend and watch that evening’s event.  {Yes, I judge for 9 weekends in the fall.  In a […]

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The “Coach’s Eye” App. – A User Review

| March 1, 2012 | 5 Comments

“Coach’s Eye” is a video app by Tech Smith for iPhones and iPads (sorry, Android friends). Techsmith, the app developer, touts it as “the ultimate video analysis app you can take anywhere”…and I must say, for me this app has lived up to the hype!  I downloaded the app after reading about it in WGI Focus, […]

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Movement Training Series #4: Travel

| February 27, 2012 | 0 Comments

Darlings!!! Yes, it is I.  A day late and a dollar short, as ever.  Le Sigh.  [Okay, fine. Three weeks late.]  Thank the good Lord that the other columnists here at the venerable CGE are so prepared!  Whew. Anyway.  Here we are in the throes of the 2012 season, spinning out little hearts out, yes? […]

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Teaching Younger Guards

| November 10, 2009 | 1 Comment

CGE Welcomes our newest regular contributor, Chelley Thelen.  In her first article, Chelley shares her experience working with younger (elementary and middle school) students. One of the best things you can do for your high school guard program is to start training your members at a young age.  Successful football teams, for instance, often have […]

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Tip for Today: Video Taping Routines

| October 18, 2007 | 0 Comments

To aid our girls in getting the drill/routine down I video the instructor doing the routine and upload it onto my computer. I then burn copies of the drills for each girl so when they are practicing at home if they get dazed and confused they can pop the disk in their pc and see […]

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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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Cheater Tape

| August 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

“Make your third/tab [cheater tape] markings the same color as the pole but with extra tape so students can feel where they are without having them visible to judges who can pick people off for a hand placement not quite on the same checkpoint as the rest of the guard.” – Guillaume Eek, Impact Independent […]

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