I think the removable drill will work out much better. I've taught in schools that did the shadows (became very muddy in practice, plus who marches at games).
: For those of you that use alternates during
: marching season, what do you do with them
: during rehearsals/games?
: I've tried a few different ways but am not
: sure which or any are most effective.
: I've tried:
: -having them stand in back of the field in a
: line playing but not moving
: -having them march "removable"
: drill. That is drill that is simple and
: helps them learn starts and stops but is
: easily taken out for contest(marches at all
: FB games) problem is I rarely pay attention
: to what they are doing or take time to help
: them instead of focusing the
: "real" spots
: -Have them shadow another spot during
: rehearsal, moving them to back for games and
: out of contests. This hinders rehearsals
: having two people in one spot, but makes the
: alternate not feel like such an outcast.
: I hate having to cast any kid to the side,
: as often my alternates are freshmen and will
: develop into decent marchers as they get
: older. I want all of them to get better and
: learn in rehearsals, I'm just not sure if
: I've found the right combination yet. So,
: what do you do with alternates? Please
: don't say just march everyone. In 16+ years
: not once have I had every kid stay eligible
: after the first report card comes out.