I know you said that you aren't that good on flag, but could you maybe give me advice on basic pole hits? When I try to do them, the flag kind of does a rainbow effect and goes into the air instead of a circular rotation. Any tips?
Its an equal push and pull from both hands. You are most likely using more one hand and not both. I’m going to assume you are doing right hand pole hits…You pull the pole down with your left and up with your right, like a simple pole hit toss. Your release point really should be at a shoulder hip angle with the silk up by your shoulder. Push and squeeze harder with your left hand, your hand should be right around your hip.
Try and squeeze/force it harder. A pole hit is supposed to be a SNAP instead of a bloopofp. If you rotated it correctly, it lands right into your hands straight up and down. Your spin spot is around your typical spin spot for basics and if you are doing them left handed, its the opposite direction.
What is the best advice you can give someone who is trying to get a turn around on weapon?
Oh jesus, you caught me. Toss turn arounds are my weakness beyond belief. I know the steps and what to do just not how to execute them well.
The run down is pretty simple believe it or not. I kinda figured this out when I learned how to do body under my tosses. For the turn around aspect, you need to make sure you are turning around in the same spot and not turning side to side. Make sure you are releasing straight up THEN turning around. The biggest issue people have with these is trying to turn around WHILE you are releasing because you can get freaked out before executing it. Thats one of my problems.
When you do body under lets say a five or a six, you would wait until the highest rotation. You could try that out to see if that would work. I’ve tried it and was successful sometimes but I dunno. Just remember to turn around in the same spot AFTER your release and after your weapon has rotated more than twice.
Hmm.. Well at the November camp, we didn’t have much vets return on mello. I think there were only 4 or 5. I don’t think the competition is too high for those spots but don’t take my word for it!
I'm in a total panic. I was told specifically in my eval to fix my tosses, and I'm still struggling with them. I'm afraid if I don't improve them enough by the next camp they'll cut me or place me on alternate...What should I do to stop freaking myself out?! :(
Relax and tell yourself that you have it. Don’t stress yourself out too much by worrying about a weapon spot. Don’t even think of that, just think of correcting your tosses and wowing the instructors. Breathe, relax. You got it!
So I know that Surf sometimes gets some hate, but honestly I have to tell you that I think Surf puts on some of the most entertaining shows. Like seriously, I have so much love and respect for everything ya'll do because I never get tired of seeing Jersey Surf. You guys are wonderful<3
So much appreciation I love it! Thank you so much! I love Surf fans!
In all honesty, it depends on the section. There are most likely cuts in the drumline due to how many people auditioned. There are never any cuts in the color guard but I know the two years we had alternates were 2009 and 2013. In the hornline, we had alternates and this summer, they might make cuts depending on the amount of people auditioning. The pit I don’t think there are cuts really but I don’t know for sure. To be honest, it all depends on how many people come out to auditions.
So… me personally, I hate the saying”its just band” because I’ve had some terrible experiences with my high school band and leaving them to go to drum corps changed my entire view of it. Yeah, “its just band”. But its not at the same time. Were all stupid band kids anyways.