No matter what sport you play, there are always basics to learn. The same goes for color guard! Every time a colorful flag is tossed into the air, color guard members are using advanced techniques that build upon their basic skills. Generally speaking, there are three main basic moves in color guard.
Right Shoulder Position
For the right position, hold the bottom stopper in your left hand, near your belly button. Use your right hand to hold the pole just under the flag, typically at forehead level. Try to keep the pole centered with your nose.
Right, Left, or Front Present Position
In order to achieve a front present, extend your right arm parallel to the ground, being sure to keep the pole away from your body. For right position, extend your right arm so that the pole crosses over your left shoulder. To achieve left present position, bring your right elbow up to your chin to cross the pole in the other direction.
Right of Left Slam
Like its namesake, slams are done quick
Color Guard Coaches: Tips and Tricks
To those who arenít well-versed in color guard, coaching a team may sound easy. However, color guard is an intensive sport that requires hours and hours of practice a day, as well as costuming, theming, choreography, gymnastics, and prop work. Every aspect that goes into a great routine is planned and implemented by the coach. Hereís how you can manage coaching color guard.
Find co-coaches who are as passionate about color guard that you are. Try to look for someone who may excel in an aspect that you donít; i.e. if costuming isnít your thing, look for someone who loves design!
Use Your Resources
Youíre only human and canít be expected to know the answers to everything. There are plenty of national guard circuits that you can reach out to. Many even offer mentor programs. Search for fellow color guard coaches on social media channels, and reach out to them to collaborate. For inspiration, check out Pinterest or Youtube.
Work With Your Team
Each member of your team
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