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
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
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
American Dance/Drill Team®
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