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Tips For New Color Guard Coaches

Coaching a Color Guard team sounds easy if you donít know much about the sport, but in reality itís much more difficult than it seems. Color Guard is an intensive sport; it requires hours of practice a day, costuming and theming, choreography, gymnastics and prop work. These are all aspects of a good routine, and itís the coachís job to plan and implement all of it. It doesnít have to be all stress, though. Here are a few tricks to help you flesh out your programs. Hire Help You canít do everything by yourself. Find co-coaches that can help you run practices and people that are skilled in choreography and costume design. If you donít have prior experience in Color Guard, itís a great idea to find someone who does! Use Your Resources There are national Guard circuits that you can reach out to. They offer spin camps and mentor programs. Most of these circuits have websites and social media that you can follow for information ó the internet will always be your biggest resou

Posted: 8/9/2018

All About Color Guard

When you hear the phrase ďColor Guard,Ē what do you think of? Parade Majorettes? The flag-twirling accompaniment to the band during half-time? The truth is, Color Guard has evolved throughout history, starting in ancient militaries and making its way to parades with classic drum and rifle lines before flag twirlers even came into the picture. Now, itís a sport that is rapidly gaining popularity and branching off into scholastic programs and professional competitions alike. But what is Color Guard? A Color Guard is a group that uses various equipment like flags, rifles, and sabres. They perform around a piece of music, usually from a band or parade, and dance with their props. There are two levels of classification for Color Guard: Independent and Scholastic. Independent groups are self-organized and funded; sometimes they are an extension of a college program. Itís a physically intensive sport. Color Guard can demand anywhere from 2-4 hours of practice a day (the average pr

Posted: 7/26/2018

Origins of Baton Twirling

Baton Twirling is a popular sport, but its origins are somewhat mysterious. The origin of baton twirling is debated. Some say that it might have started in Eastern Europe and Asia, but a solid record shows that the 1930ís was the start of majorettes. Letís take a look. Baton twirling likely started at dance festivals in Eastern Europe and Asia. Those who attended these festivals would dance with knives, torches, guns, and sticks they used to twirl and toss. This dancing morphed into armies twirling rifles during marches. The twirling rifles turned into maces, which are very similar to todayís batons. The early twirlers were men, mainly due to the batons being very heavy. At the end of the 1930ís, batons had evolved to be lightweight and adorned rubber on the ends. This is when women twirlers began their debut. After batons were shortened and made lighter, more women started joining the sport. It offered a graceful artform people could use to express themselves. The 1950ís ga

Posted: 7/12/2018

All About Winter Guard

Everyone has likely heard of Color Guard, but Winter Guard is also an awesome choice. This sportís popularity is growing and spreading across the world. Interested in Winter Guard? Hereís some information about the sport: Winter Guard is performed in a gymnasium. It is a combination of cheerleading, dancing, and baton twirling (as well as other item maneuverings) all in one sport. Winter Guard has its own organization for those interested in the sport all over the world to join. They host competitions regularly. Winter guard teams require a lot of manpower. There are often multiple coaches that lead a team, a choreographer to help plan the moves, and team captains. Teams practice for months for five-minute performances. The timing is crucial during a performance, so teams have to practice setting up, tearing down, and performing in an efficient manner. Creative staging is often a big bonus during Winter Guard performances. Colorful tarps, imaginative backdrops, and other theme

Posted: 6/19/2018

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