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Re: Surviving a poorly designed marching show
Most groups still have 2 or 3 weeks before Region Contest. Don't be afraid to skip sets, rewrite sets, add holds, and otherwise change drill at this point. Last night I finally punted on 9 sets that just had not been cleaning. I kept things mostly the same, but made the demands a little bit less. We got through it in our two hours last night and will keep addressing them through the week. We've changed things right until the week of Area before - it's still doable. They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing, over and over, and expecting a different result. I definitely reached the point of realizing that last week! I waited until we were through with a bigger contest Saturday before doing this though.
As long as kids are willing to work it's never too late to adjust and fix things!