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Foot positions: how to set your feet
1st position: heels together, toes facing out (see illustration)
2nd position: heels shoulder length apart, toes facing out (see illustration)
Flag positions: how to set up your flag at certain checkpoints during work
Right shoulder: flag straight up and down, flag in the middle of your body, right hand at tab, left hand at stopper and in front of belly button.
Left shoulder: flag straight up and down, left hand at tab, flag in the middle of your body, right hand at stopper and in front of belly button.
Right slam: flag crosses body at 45 degree angle, right hand at tab near hip, left hand at bottom stopper. cheater near shoulder
Left slam: flag crosses body at 45 degree angle, left hand at tab near hip, right hand at bottom stopper. cheater near shoulder
Flagwork: choreography do with your flag
Checkpoints: certain positions that the flag or body has to be at a certain count, the way that a color guard stays together during work, says that the flag should be in X position at the Yth count
Drop spin: a basic exercise where the flag moves up and down in a circular motion
Carve/Cone: a basic exercise where the flag makes a sort of figure 8 in the air
Flourish: a basic exercise where the flag first spins in front of you, then behind you
Pull hit: a semi-basic exercise where the flag starts out facing down, then you quickly spin it around a full revolution and catch it in the same position
Thumb flip: a simple rotation of the flag at the tab around the thumb
J-toss:grab with a money hand and pull up and out, letting the flag spin around in the air
Single: starts at right shoulder, spins in the air once, then catch at right shoulder
One and a half: a toss, same as a single except spins in the air one and a half times and is caught upward.
Double: a toss, same as a single except spins in the air twice
Horizontal toss: a toss where you throw the flag up so that it spins above your head in a horizontal circle
45 toss: similar to a horizontal toss, but it spins in a 45 degree plane instead of a horizontal one
Sail: when the silk of the flag gets caught on the tip, usually caused by sudden direction changes
Money hand: a way to grab the flag, hand straight out, palm upwards, pole between thumb and pointer finger
Free hand: the hand not used during that particular work
Choreography: staging, flag work and dancing put all together.
Bolt: the weight that goes into the top stopper of the flag in order to spin more easily
Rifle: a piece of wooden equipment that looks like a rifle. (see illustration)
Sabre: a piece of metal equipment that looks like a sword.
Air blade: a fairly new prop introduced that combines rifle and sabre
Mr. Matthew Uppman, Color Guard Director
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Color Guard meets during the Marching Band Class time as well as one or two evenings a week. Additional requirements include football games, community events and marching competitions.
Fourth Period and Thursday Evenings.
First Block on Purple Days 7:35-9:00am and Thursday Evenings at the District Stadium 5:30-9:00pm.