After you pass tryouts and become an official Color Guard member, the few next steps aren’t so easy. Color guard is more than just tossing flags, and by now you probably know that. The mental and physical strength that it requires can be overwhelming at times, but there's no need to fret. Now that you are a member, it's time for you to shine. To do so, focus on a few key things and catching your flag will be as easy as the ABC’s. It's all about your endurance. Start by working out, you can try doing some laps around your school or even swimming. Working out will not only get you in better shape but also build up all the endurance you’ll need during shows and practices. Proper technique is key. Once you memorize your routine, don’t assume that you have got it all down. Your performance is all about your technique, so don't hesitate to practice bit-by-bit every day. Once you have your flag or rifle tossing technique down, you will be an unstoppable force. Go to practice. Although that might seem obvious, it is imperative that you go to practice. Sometimes you might feel down or that you won't do well and you convince yourself not to go. This is the biggest mistake you could possibly make. Practice is where you can make mistakes, where you can learn, and where you can improve. If you miss practice out of fear, you'll constantly stay in that state and stop your progress. Color guard can be hard, it requires a lot of mental and physical fortitude to excel. But if you put all your effort and focus into it, you'll do tremendously. Sometimes you will fail, but the key is to stand back up and toss your flag again and again. So don't let fear take over you and stop you from being the best you can be. Star Line Baton can equip you with everything you need for your next color guard routine. Check out our online store to get all your essentials.