Our Weekly Letter for November 2, 2000

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Hello there friends,
We are just back from California and a short, but well needed vacation. We are ready for our first contest of the season with the Dallas Sidekicks in Reunion Arena in a little over a week.

Here are some more "
Jots from Joyce" that may share some innovative ideas for your team:
JJ #44-- Each week at practice, award team members with a "Happy Feet Award" that represents their hard work.
You could make a special cut out "foot" or even a special tennis shoe key ring. (Thanks to the managers of R.L. Turner H.S. in Carrollton). 

JJ #45- -In thinking ahead for Spring drill team tryouts, recruiting and long term preparation are important roles. In order to make sure that candidates are training properly, organize a weekly clinic that starts about three months ahead of tryouts where proper stretching and dance techniques can be emphasized. This would also allow your officer candidates to get some "hands on" experience with working and leading the prospective team members. Appoint an officer candidate to be in charge of one of the "clinics". You can judge their leadership skills to apply this score towards officer tryouts. 

JJ #46-- Challenge your team members to be able to do the splits by forming the "Banana Split Club." At the end of the semester, those team members that can execute the splits on both legs will be members of the club and be able to participate in a banana split party at a local ice cream shop. (Thanks! St. Gerard H.S. in San Antonio).

JJ #47- - When team members are doing things wrong, they will certainly hear the corrections from you, the director. If they are doing something right, hand out "Privilege Coupons" that can be used (as you designate) to come ten minutes late one day, go in ten minutes early one day, chew gum one day, wear her own leotard one day, miss a basketball game, etc. (Thanks to Del Rio H.S.!)

JJ #48-- Try a pick me up for your team by bringing fortune cookies to hand out at the end of practice one day. (Thanks to El Campo H.S.!)

Below is a special passage that was sent to me by Cindy Russell in Austin, Texas. It is entitled "Things I Wish I Knew...." Hope you enjoy it. Please remember to vote on Tuesday and remember to keep in touch!

Joyce E. Pennington
President, CEO
American Dance/Drill Team®

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Things I Wish I'd Known Before I Went Out in the Real World.

Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying "thank you" though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent..
Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra, some are onstage singing, some are in the audience as critics, some are there to applaud.
Know who and where you are.
Never give yourself a haircut after three hours of drill team practice.
When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.
Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.
A woman needs only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't move and it should, use WD-40. If it moves and shouldn't, use the tape.
If you tell a lie, don't believe it deceives only the other person.
The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: "I apologize" and "You are right".
Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eat crow while it's still warm.
The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever gave me was "Go! 
You might meet somebody!"
If he says that you are too good for him-believe it.
I've learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, Will this matter one year from now? How about one month? One week? One day?
At hard times I ask myself, "How do I feel? What do I want?" I use it whenever I'm at loss for words or thoughts.
If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!
Never pass up a restroom without taking advantage to use it.
If you move far from your family when you're young, consider choosing a career with an airline. Your need to see your family will last a lifetime, as will your travel benefits.
Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just proves that the other person was right about you.
Be really nice to your friends because you never know when you are going to need them to empty your bed urinal and hold your hand.
Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.
And finally...
Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect, it just means you've decided to see beyond the imperfection


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