It is the moment you’ve been waiting for all summer. Your drill team boots are polished, hat is on, and your lipstick is bright and red. The sparkle of your sequins is shining in the stadium lights. You are smiling and you can tell that your teammates are in a straight line. The snare drummer starts the roll off, and this is it! Your boots are about to take the field, but are you ready?
You’ve been to camp. You know all of your routines, and you’ve spent at least a week in grueling two-a-day practices. You might be ready, but is your drill team? Remember, in drill team it is not all about you. It is not all about the captain, the officers, or the seniors. You as a team have to work together to put on that perfect Friday night performance, and not just at halftime either. You perform the whole game, so let’s go through and make sure you and your team are set to go:
Getting in and out of the stands
This is the first thing anyone sees you do. Don’t let it be a sloppy mess. Whether you are walking in from the bus, or your school, make sure you are in a straight line, all together, on the same foot, and look uniform and confident. Don’t just walk into the stand, put your stuff down, and have a seat without any structure. Make it a routine.
Victory Lines, Tunnel Lines, Pre-Game Lines
We all have a different name for these, but no matter the name they are still important. This is the first time for your team to be together on the field at a game. It is a memorable moment for all those rookies (especially if they didn’t make the first game halftime routine) to step out on the field in uniform for the first time.Here’s what to practice:
- walking on and off
- National anthem (Where is the flag pole?)
- moment of silence
- school song
- fight song
- what to do during the other team’s school song
- Stand Routines
We all do it. We all judge the other team by how they look during their stand routines. This should make you want to make your stand routines look even better. You don’t want that other team sitting over there thinking that your halftime performance isn’t going to be spectacular because your stand routine isn’t looking its cleanest or sharpest. These should not be neglected. Stand routines should be simple, memorable, clean, sharp, and fun. Don’t make them too hard. That is just more work for you. Always take a few minutes at the end of practice to go over one or two to keep them sharp and fresh all week.
Pre-and Post Performance
Your team has probably been working on your field routine for weeks now – and it is probably what you feel most confident about – but what about before and after the routine. Make sure your rookies know whether you perform first or second, and if you are before or after the band. Also, make sure they know what to do while the other team and band are performing. It is rude not to watch and clap for the other team’s performance if you are not getting ready for your own or putting props away at the time. Try to remember a specific part of their routine so that you can mention it to their officers during across the field visits, that way they know you saw their performance.
Across the Field Visits
Most officers of a team will go across the field to visit the other team and give a gift. Try to make sure the gift is something useful like blank cds, or a mirror for their locker room instead of just candy. A lot of schools are no longer allowed to accept candy from another school, and so it is best to stay away from that as a gift. While your officers are gone make sure you know who is in charge to get the team up and down for stand routines, and what the protocol is for introducing the other team’s officers to your team.
Once you have gone through and practiced all of these extra things you should officially be ready for Friday Night Lights performances. Remember that you are performing the whole game, and not just at halftime, so keep those smiles on! Best of Luck this season, and Happy Dancing.