Category: Preparation & Travel

Tip for Today: Contact Sheet

| June 22, 2008 | 0 Comments

Before the first competition, gather all your important phone numbers on one sheet.  Include numbers such as the transportation office, school administration, student cells, parent emergency contact and contest site coordinator.  You’ll be glad to have this valuable resource if a problem arises!

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The ‘Winterguard Wand’ and Championships

| May 9, 2008 | 1 Comment

Well, this is it.  We have arrived at the last few fleeting moments of rehearsal before Championships (heavy sigh).  Hopefully all the final details of your shows have been put into place.  The performance flags have finally arrived from the seamstress, and your team has reached their absolute peak in performance (sarcasm noted).  Of course, […]

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Hotel Safety

| March 3, 2008 | 1 Comment
Hotel Safety

  As we approach the championships season, hundreds of instructors will be faced with the task of choosing a hotel and supervising a group of teenagers on an overnight trip.  Here are some web resources for hotel safety!  

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Championship Spirit!

| February 29, 2008 | 0 Comments
Championship Spirit!

Would you like to do a little something to make your trip to championships even more special for your performers?  Check out these ideas from other coaches for everything from teambuilding on the bus to recognizing chaperones.  Have an idea of your own to share?  Add to the article using the comments function!  Seasons are […]

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“In Case of Emergency”

| February 3, 2008 | 0 Comments

Here is an article in the January/February issue of Halftime that I wrote giving tips for what to have with you as you prepare for supervising students heading out to your first competition!  "In Case of Emergency! "  

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“Conduct Becoming”

| November 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

Your conduct off the field/floor is as important, if not more important, than your performance.  As members of a competitive ensemble, you are ambassadors of your school and community.  Your individual performances, sportsmanship and conduct both on and off the field will shape the impression others have of your entire organization.  It is important to […]

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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: Guard Bag

| August 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

“Remember to bring the guard bag/box and have it stocked with crucial supplies!” -Ed Martinez, Adjudicator/Show Design Consultant

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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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Avoiding a Penalty

| February 25, 2007 | 1 Comment

No one likes to get a penalty!  It can be frustrating, embarrassing and in some cases even heartbreaking if the penalty decides the outcome of an important contest.  But, rules were developed and penalties exist to protect our performers, the spectators and the performance arena.  As with any sport, they ensure safety, and provide guidelines […]

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