The big day is close, and this is the time when there are just not enough hours to complete everything the team wants to be done. You will likely practice more often and for possibly longer sessions. Don't worry. This is normal!! However, please remember it is the team’s solution and accept that your team will do fine. You have taken them this far, and they have become great problem-solvers because of you! The best that you can do the week before the tournament is help them determine what needs to get done and what will need to be left out.
A Few Tips As Tournament Day Nears
- Media Release – Please print and ask parents to sign the Media Release Form. Bring these to the tournament.
- Make sure the skit is completed in less than eight minutes, including set-up time.
- Conduct a dress rehearsal for the family members and/or the school.
- Complete the competition forms (4 Style, 4 Required List, 1 Cost, 1 Outside Assistance) and save an additional copy for the team should they advance. Coaches of Primary & Division I teams can write, but the team must dictate what to write.
- Forms are located in the back of the Program Guide or on the national website under Member Area>Forms & Problems.
- Membership Sign—This is required for all teams and needs to be readable from a distance of 25ft. See page 41 of the Program Guide.
- Toolbox—Also known as the “Murphy’s Law” kit—all the things that may be needed in an emergency on competition day (e.g., duct tape, needle, thread, paper, etc...).
- ALL props/vehicles MUST fit through a standard doorway. No inserts will be removed.
Finally, remind the parents about Outside Assistance and help keep them in the loop with all the activities for the day. And of course, CELEBRATE!
Photo courtesy of Samual Oldenburg, The Center for Gifted Studies at Western Kentucky University