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Re: 3rd Quarter off or not?
We do not take 3rd quarter off. Our reasoning is that it is easier to corral the kids and keep them engaged in the game, we are there after all to support the team. Our kids don't know that other groups take 3rd quarter off so they just think that's how everyone does it, so there aren't any complaints. Now it does take us a while to get back in the stands since we do a quick post performance debrief as the teams take the field, take off our uniform accessories and settle back in.
Our boosters do appreciate when the visiting bands take 3rd quarter off and visit the concession stand.
No matter what, do what is best for your program. If either situation better benefits your group, do it.
I am curious how many of you allow your students to take off during the 3rd quarter of the game after halftime and return before 4th quarter, and how many do not? Curious about your reasoning either way and if you do, do you use it as an incentive for students during the week or what?