THE STADIUM-- Enter in
their squad or rank order so that the team will enter the stands in an
orderly fashion. You can even go so far as indicate which hand their drill
team bag should be carried. Wait until all members are standing in their
spot, then be seated together.
When you leave the stands to stretch after the beginning of the 2nd
quarter, make sure to leave the stands looking orderly. Have the girls
place their bags under their seats and fold any blankets. Also, you should
have a parent, manager or ROTC member to watch and guard their valuables
left in the stands. Do not stretch where the audience can see. Find a
place where you can stretch in private and conduct your last 'words of
wisdom' and drill team circle in private. When taking their place on the
field, have them stand to the side of the players and action until the
last second has ticked off the clock, then line up for their entrance on
the sidelines. You do not want any girls to be injured by any play still
taking place on the field. A nice, uniform look would be to stand in a
"tight" line (B to B). During the visiting team's performance,
return to the tight line or formation to watch respectfully.
Make sure that each girl knows her exact yard line and has taken the time
to spot it from the stands as well as in her waiting position at the side
of the field. This will insure perfect spacing every time. Many teams use
a traditional piece of music to enter the field as well as a standardized
method to enter and exit the field for every performance. This saves a
great deal of extra time and preparation as well as generating a
"trademark" for your team.
HALFTIME-- The team
should re-enter the stands in an orderly fashion in an "at ease"
manner and go directly to their ranks. This is the time that you are proud
of them no matter what and they will be awaiting your response.
be served during the 3rd quarter and allow the girls a chance to relax
although it is not advisable to allow them freedom to roam the stands
during any part of the game. Part of their responsibility is to support
the team and they have already been absent for part of the 2nd quarter to
stretch. If it is your tradition and you are the home team, the officers
may go to the visiting team and welcome them to your stadium. Some groups
will offer cookies, treats or possibly a video of their halftime as a
GAME-- If your team is
allowed to take the field for a victory line, make sure that you have
rehearsed this ahead of time. The last thing should be a 'team meeting' to
summarize their preparation needs for the following Monday as well as a
synopsis of the game and halftime. Your feedback to the team is most
important and this will also allow the stands to clear a little before
your departure. If you are away, you should leave the stands clean and in
order. If you are at home and the girls have their own transportation,
they can be dismissed from the stands. Make sure that the girls know to
change out of their uniform immediately before going anywhere but home.
Pizza and ketchup stains can ruin a uniform in a hurry.