Tag: cleaning

Tip for Today: Marking Time

| November 9, 2007 | 0 Comments

Have your students mark time while you are practicing off the marching field.  This will help them get used to moving their hands and feet together and correctly so that when they get on the field, it won’t be as much as a challenge! -Danielle E. Paul, Color Guard Instructor, Monticello High School

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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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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: Velocity of the Choreography

| August 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

“Ever watch a mediocre or dirty color guard video on fast forward?  Notice how they go from really dirty in regular play, to almost clean in fast forward!  Sometimes the key to making your choreography readable or cleaner, is to speed up the velocity.  If your guard is adequately trained, speeding up the velocity of […]

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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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Tip for Today: Avoiding Fabric Sails

| August 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

“To avoid fabric sails in your silks when the fabric gets caught on the top rubber end cap, cover the end caps with electrical tape.  The tape is more slippery than the rubber and less likely to catch the fabric!” -Catina Anderson, Broad Run High School Guards

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Practice Flags: The TRAINER Series

| February 6, 2007 | 1 Comment
Practice Flags: The TRAINER Series

For years, performing ensembles have utilized “cheater” tapes on poles to assist performers with uniform hand-placement for training basic skills and cleaning routines.  These points of reference are invaluable to developing a clean, uniform appearance. Why not use this same concept in creating your practice silks?  The TRAINER series practice flag is designed so that […]

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