Participating in twirling or color guard requires athleticism, stamina, talent, and intense focus. In order to perform at the top of their game, a color guard member or twirler must take care of both their body and mind. The ancient Indian discipline of yoga also encourages the development of both physical strength and mental clarity. The twirling and color guard experts at Starline offer some insight on how practicing yoga regularly can help you nail your next routine.
The physical practice of yoga consists of aligning your body into various poses, sometimes in a certain sequence and often held for several seconds — or even minutes! — at a time. This type of exercise can improve many aspects of your personal fitness, including flexibility, balance, and coordination. All these factors can greatly affect your twirling performance both in practice and during competition, so trying out a few poses a few times a week could help you finally land that double elbow roll.
Surviving Your First Year of Color Guard
So you’ve decided to join color guard. Maybe you saw the team performing at a football game or a competition, or perhaps you simply want to try something new. Whatever the reason, it is important that you understand this: You are now part of a team, and you have a responsibility to them. Joining color guard, as it is with any extracurricular, is a commitment. Be prepared to give this new venture your all. Before your audition, consider watching team practices and competitions to see what it is really like. If you decide it’s for you, then learn the basics before tryouts. You’re going to need to adapt to an active lifestyle. Believe it or not, color guard is a strenuous sport that involves dance, aerobics, and balance. Gain endurance by exercising, and doing things like swimming and jogging. Strengthen your wrists to avoid future injury or strain. Once on the team, it is essential that you go to practice. Even if those practices are over summer vacation. Your team is counting on you to
Color Guard Equipment Storage Ideas
Joining a color guard team comes with plenty of perks: you get great exercise, build important teamwork and discipline skills, make friendships that will last a lifetime, and have tons of fun. But color guard also comes with gear — and lots of it. Here are some ideas to help you store your color guard equipment.
If you’re tired of having flags, rifles, and/or sabres leaning against the wall in your garage or closet, you can try making your own organizer out of PVC pipe. Simply cut six 20-inch lengths of PVC that is four inches in diameter. Then, screw the pipe lengths together and stand them up on one end wherever you want to store your equipment. Now you have an organizer you can stand your flags and rifles in for neater, less cluttered storage!
Storing hair and makeup materials is another challenge many color guard members face. You can make storing makeup a breeze with a custom hair and makeup cart. To do this, you need a small rolling storage cart and a metal kitchen utensil
Burn, Baby, Burn
You’ve mastered the baton, but that’s not enough for you. You’re ready for the next level: fire twirling. Although spinning a baton that’s on fire seems cool, it can be quite dangerous. To ensure safety, always check your equipment before use. Check each area for signs of wear, and fix them, such as keeping your wick trimmed and not frayed. Wear tight-fitting clothing, sticking to natural fabrics and cloth, and avoid extremely flammable synthetics and fleece. Tie back long hair, and refrain from using hair spray and other highly flammable products. Instead, try wetting your hair, which will both keep it in place and safe from the flames. Never spin alone. You are in danger if you spin without a buddy to be there in case of an accident. Your spotter should hold onto a fire blanket and fire extinguisher in case of an emergency. Take your audience into consideration; their safety is in your hands. Always be aware of where your audience is in relation to your performance. Your dipping stat
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