Drill Team Training: Ripple Lines

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Drill team training: Ripple lines can be a fun and exciting during a drill team’s routine. However…

Please use imagination during the design process! Here are some tips for a ripple line, armed or unarmed:

The direction of the ripple can go left-to-right and then back. That gets really monotonous after several passes.

  1. Left-to-right
  2. Right-to-left
  3. Center-to-end, both directions at the same time
  4. One and and the center to the other end starting at the same time
  5. Both ends to the center

Just because it worked well at the beginning of the routine, doesn’t mean you should do it again. Don’t repeat, show more of a vocabulary in the rest of your routine.

You could use the ripple line to take up a huge chunk of your time, but only if you want your audience to start looking at their email on their phone. Keep it brief and interesting.

Variation is the key here.

  1. Increasing tempo
  2. Decreasing tempo
  3. Slow (can be less effective)
  4. Fast
  5. Super-fast

How to vary tempo:

  1. Slower: Execute your movement when the Driller next to you finishes their movement
  2. Faster: Execute your movement when the Driller next to you begins their movement
  3. Even faster: Execute your movement when the Driller one or two away from you begins/finishes

Again, variation is the key!

  1. Manual of arms (keep in mind that everyone and their dog has done this)
  2. Integrate body and equipment movement
  3. Use clothing (headgear, glove removal, etc.)
  4. Simple and very fast or difficult and big (with body) can create great “wow!” effects.

A straight line is great, but you can probably think of many more formations for which a ripple line would look great- so do it!

Now, watch this!

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