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Re: Surviving a poorly designed marching show
I don't think there's anything wrong with admitting a mistake. Based on what you've described, it doesn't sound like you need to completely fall on the sword. But, if the design is really the problem, admitting to the kids that the design is an issue could be positive. The disappointment may be coming from feeling like they are not doing their part. If they are, let them know it.
As far as moving forward, I think you tell the kids, "Hey, there are some design issues that are holding us back, but we have to work that much harder to fix it." Don't be afraid to make any changes that you can. If you just keep throwing the same thing out that you know is not working, that is not helping them.