FROM THE ARCHIVES 11/22/2011: Parent Volunteers, Strength Training and Fundamentals

| November 22, 2011 | 0 Comments
As you get a small break from rehearsals for the Thanksgiving Holiday you might spend some alone time planning for the season ahead.  Of course… not too much time because,
HEY!  You. Deserve. A. Break!  
That’s assuming that you can force yourself to turn that creative brain off for a minute and focus on something other than the impending winter season.

So this week’s featured articles deal with planning ahead for training and getting your parent volunteer team organized on a good footing.

Featuring Fundamentals: Finding the Time by Catina Anderson (1/17/2008) – We’ve featured this one recently but are featuring it again this week because of the first part of the article focused on Lesson Planning.  It discusses sitting down and planning out your big picture working backwards from your performances and making sure to build in time to teach fundamentals at every rehearsal.  If you plan ahead you will always have control over how you use your time.  Worth a peek.

Parents-Only Dinner by Catina Anderson (2/5/2010) – This was a “Fun for Friday” article from February 2010 featuring a fantastic idea sent to us by reader Heidi Zarder from Wisconsin.  She has a parent-only dinner at the start of her season.  We thought this was a fantastic way to get parents involved, get them comfortable with one another and with you – something to consider!

The Parent Factor by Chris Casteel (12/23/2008) Chris provides five tips for getting off on a good footing with your team parents and establishing good communication.

Movement Mondays #2: Strength Training by Cheryl Myers (12/14/2009)  In this article, our resident “movement chick” Cheryl Myers talks about the ever-adored push up.  Are push-ups part of your training program?

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Catina Anderson is the founder/editor of the Colorguard Educators blog. Color guard has been part of her life for almost 25 years. She began coaching in 1994 and worked with the Broad Run High School color guard in Northern VA from 1998 until 2010. She has also written for Halftime Magazine and served on the Executive Board of the Atlantic Indoor Association. A former teacher, she enjoys sharing what she has learned and hopes to encourage others to share as well. Together we can create even more positive experiences for performers and help to collectively strengthen marching arts activities worldwide.

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