How Do You Travel With Megs And Other Gd Questions

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  1. Sterling von Shimmer

    Sterling von Shimmer I shimmy daily

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    We’re trying our hand at GD this year and now I’m realising a bit too late the logistical nightmares that come with it.

    First, how do you fly with megaphones? Obviously they’re not carry-on material. I’m guessing you just check them and hope the airline doesn’t lose them. We already check our flags and banner, but they’re already so ungainly to drag through an airport that I was curious if someone has another way. A friend suggested FedExing them over beforehand and just picking them up when we’re ready, but that’s another errand I’m not sure I want to deal with in a packed weekend. So far my instincts tell me don’t bother. Along with our flags and banner, we have signs and poms as well. It’s not like we NEED them for props points. But my stepdad’s voice is telling me: “Why did you buy them if you’re just going to leave them at home?” So, yeah.

    Secondly, is GD just a one shot deal or does it have prelims, semis, etc.? I’ve never really paid attention to the GD schedule so I don’t know how these things shake out...if someone has a link to last year’s, that’d be so helpful.

    Also, I’m assuming that, if my team is successful, then one of our show cheer performances will fall on the same day as a GD performance. If so, what are the odds of having time for a uniform change? The girls want to wear their new sideline sweaters for GD, but if we’re as stressed as I’m assuming we will be I don’t think they’ll have the energy or the interest when the time comes.

    OH and one more thing: is college band music allowed? Or does that fall under the same copyright rules that all the other music does? I was sort of hoping they fall under public domain, but I’m wary. We have our low-rent fight song that we qualified with, but I know that a lot of teams adopt the Notre Dame song as their “own” fight song during games when nobody cares where the music comes from. I’m wondering if that could translate to GD. The rules say you’re supposed to use your school’s fight song, but if your school adopted another school’s fight song, will it still be allowed? So basically if we can use college band music, I’d love to use USC’s. But USC’s song is so great that I’m guessing if no one else has used it yet, then there’s probably a reason why.


    But seriously tell me this wouldn’t be so cute (starting at 1:31)



    Thanks everyone. You’re the best.
     
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  2. jscoach210

    jscoach210 I make my own voiceovers

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    Sooo we don’t do game day but.. we used to bring our Megs to the gate with us. Usually they will
    Take them and check them for free for u! Or put them as a carry on

    poms we put in a carry on bag on wheels

    Signs .. we Bring that to the gate too and then it’s checked ... for free :)
    Hope that helps a little bit
     
  3. Sterling von Shimmer

    Sterling von Shimmer I shimmy daily

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    Oh wow that’s so nice of them. Which airline do you use?
     
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    We usually take jet blue
    :)
     
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    6 flags, 6 signs, 5 sets of poms are what we use. But we don't do gameday.
    Got an architect bag for signs, which we check and mark fragile. Flags we got a bigger pvc tube with end caps. Put some stickers and name badges on it and some ropes for shoulder handles, easy to check and find after arrival due to its size.

    On the tentative uca nationals overview schedule you can see the rounds for gameday divisions. As well they noted that they will do their best to work around teams doing both game day and small varsity as those prelims are also friday, but they can't make promises (which makes zero sense scheduling wise, but who am I? ;-)
     
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  6. Sterling von Shimmer

    Sterling von Shimmer I shimmy daily

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    I carry the signs in my carry-on tote and a couple spare poms. The girls each have their own set of poms for GD and they’re responsible for packing them in their carry-on along with their uniforms. They like to complain, but then I get to say: “You guys wanted to get full squad poms like the dance team does. So carry them to competitions like the dance team does.” Sometimes it feels so good to just hear *silence* from them as a response :)
     
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    jscoach210 I make my own voiceovers

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    Yasss!