On A Windy Day

Question: During an especially windy day, should the color guard judge take into consideration the difficulty of controlling flags/rifles and toss heights for that band?

Answer: If the weather is creating havoc for the performers, the guard judge should always take that into consideration. More importantly, however, that judge will evaluate the training of those performers and how the handle the adverse conditions as well as how they recover from any errors. I’ve judged guards who don’t make adjustments as well as guards who know how to toss against or into the wind in order to minimize the chance for error. It’s important to try and rehearse in all types of weather. Unless you’re competing all season in domed stadiums, you never know what you’re going to get!

– Mark Culp   09/22/2008