There is nothing more essential to a baton twirlerís performance than the baton itself. When it comes time to pick the baton youíll be using, itís important to know the differences between the different styles of baton. First, is baton thickness. For the most part, youíll have two options: ⅜ inch and 7/16 inch. The 7/16 inch shaft is the thickest shaft, but youíll find more twirlers opting for the ⅜ inch shaft. Next, you need to measure for the correct baton length! There are two different ways to do this. You can either measure from the neck, meaning youíll lay a yard stick on top of the arm with the ď0Ē inches end against the bottom of your neck. The correct baton length will be wherever the yard stick hits your middle finger. You can also measure from under the arm: place the ď0Ē inches end of a yardstick against your armpit. The correct length will be where the yardstick hits your longest fingertip. Finally, you get to decide between the different features! There are fl
Auditioning for Color Guard
Youíre sitting in the stands of a high school football game. The halftime show begins, the music starts to swell, and out marches the color guard team. Youíre caught up in the choreography, the colors, and the visual artistry of it all. You suddenly know that you want to join the color guard team, but you donít know where to start. There are first a few questions you need to ask yourself: Do you enjoy dancing? Do you enjoy long practices, dedicating your time to a sport, and being a part of a team? If you answered yes to all of these questions, then color guard might be for you! The next step is to go to auditions. Donít worry if you donít know the basics of the flag; part of the audition process is spending time to teach you the basics of flag work and a short dance routine. The audition process is typically a few days, so make sure to spend time practicing outside of the auditions. When it comes down to the actual audition, this shows that you truly care about being a part of the t
Twirling Straight Through College
For many young twirlers, baton twirling carried them through the challenges and triumphs of childhood. These fond feelings often last even beyond high school. Taking your passion for twirling to the college level takes dedication, and with these helpful tips, youíll be able to increase your chances of landing a spot twirling in college.
Where To Look
The universities with the most well-known twirling programs are state schools and other larger colleges. Where thereís a football team and crowds filling seats, youíll also find twirlers on the field. This is why larger colleges are your best bet for twirling programs.. Some colleges for avid twirlers include Florida State University, Jacksonville University, Auburn University, Kent State University, the University of South Carolina, and many more!
What To Say
Auditions will be spring of your senior year of high school, so when youíre touring colleges your junior year, make sure to visit the marching band directorís office to
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.
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
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