also wrote a special version himself just for us.
We selected an exit piece that was dynamic but not
overpowering, that he felt would be appropriate
for both groups. We also occasionally interchanged
our exit music with the fight song, which would
certainly generate a positive response from the
In true Texas tradition, my officers danced in front of the line and
wore a different color uniform than the line. They entered the field first
using the drum major batons (that we cut down in length) or maizes. The team
was lined up on the far sidelines and used the 'Betsey Ross' flag that was a
symbol of our school. While the officers would 'strut' onto the field, the
line would do contagions with the flags that would add color and pageantry to
our entrance. The team would then place the flags down behind them in a
contagion while the managers would hurriedly pick them up while they started
on to the field. The team would perform a 'step four in fours' stepping off
every four counts in groups of four girls from the center four out towards
both outside ends. This would present a "V" formation that was simple yet
effective. I learned long a go that it is virtually impossible to keep a
team in one straight line when entering or exiting the field. Plus, it is
less interesting than presenting the team in a pattern. We would exit the
field in basically the same manner with the officers leading off first then
the team would file down the 50 yard line two by two.
Although there are many different ways to enter and exit the field, it
can simplify your preparation time to have a traditional entrance and exit.
It will make the team feel more confident in their routines if they do not
have to think about a different entrance to the field.