Category: Team Management

10 Steps to Color Guard Success

| January 31, 2013 | 2 Comments

This list is a reference I am using this year with my performers.  It is a contract signed by parents and students at a parent meeting shortly after the team is selected.  As we get to times in the season where the high of the beginning of the season runs low we can regroup by […]

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Using eBay to Bring Fundraising into this Decade

| December 4, 2012 | 1 Comment
Using eBay to Bring Fundraising into this Decade

As an active parent in my daughter’s fall and winter programs, I wanted to think of a new way to raise money that taps some of the modern technology we have available at our fingertips.  With my youngest now in 11th grade, I have purchased my share of wrapping paper, fruit crates, and coupon books. […]

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Our Non-Competitive Winter Guard – Another Alternative

| November 29, 2012 | 6 Comments

With the strained economy, many schools, families, and yes, band programs, are tightening budgets.  Winter Guard is a popular activity in the larger schools in Ohio. However, the program I took over 6 years ago is part of a smaller school with a smaller budget and winter guard is an activity that is largely unknown […]

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Bus Pillows from Old Guard T-Shirts!

| November 28, 2012 | 3 Comments
Bus Pillows from Old Guard T-Shirts!

Last month I promised a guard-themed craft or crochet project per month.  I almost let November run away from me… but just under the wire I’m back with craft project #2! And this one I LOVE! Bus Pillows made from Upcycled Guard T-shirts with Crochet Edgings Before I start with the step-by-step let me just […]

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Keep the Fire Burning: Veteran Instructors share their secrets for longevity and long lasting success in pageantry – an interview with Jody Jones

| November 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

One of the most common challenges instructors face is how to keep the stress from taking over.  We throw our entire lives into our programs, our students, the activity, the show.  Soon we start to feel like we don’t have much of a life leftover and burnout sets in.  So we asked veteran instructors with […]

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Custom DIY necklace

| November 16, 2012 | 0 Comments
Custom DIY necklace

We haven’t had a “Fun for Friday!” post in, well… a REALLY LONG time! But it’s a feature that we love because it’s a way for coaches across the world to share fun ideas they have used with their teams.  Sometimes it’s gifts, parties, craft projects, team-building, inspirational… whatever! If it’s FUN it’s IN! When […]

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It’s Zumba Time!

| November 6, 2012 | 1 Comment

It’s Zumba® Time! Our squad held a Zumba® fundraiser last summer.  It was a lot of fun and very successful so I thought I would share the idea here on CGE.  There was very little cost up front and it was easy to organize. Here are my quick tips! Find a Licensed Instructor: We lucked […]

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Crochet Flag Ornament or Stuffed Toy

| October 29, 2012 | 3 Comments
Crochet Flag Ornament or Stuffed Toy

When I was 7 years old my mom taught me to crochet.  Over the years I’ve made blankets and doll dresses and the like.  One year I even crocheted little spirit dresses for teddy bears for my entire color guard. I go in spurts with crochet.  Like any other hobby I get too busy and […]

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Halloween Surprises!

| October 24, 2012 | 2 Comments
Halloween Surprises!

Holidays are the perfect reminder to inject a little fun into your coaching routine. One of my favorite things to do as a coach was to create small surprises for my students that broke up routine a bit, added a little fun and sent a clear message that I thought about them – and not […]

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Put Your Shirts to Work!

| October 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Put Your Shirts to Work!

Does your guard get cute, new spirit shirts each season? Why not put the empty space on the back of the shirt to work for your program?   Several years ago, we began selling ad space on the back of our winter guard shirts.   Five years and over $15,000 raised later, it’s become the staple […]

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