Practicing in Cold Winter Climate Creates Unique Challenges For 2017-2018 Wolverine Winter Guard


Photo by Jeff Vennitti

Freshman Tenley Reck keeps her focus at the Woodgrove vs Broad Run Football Game on September 8, 2017

Written by Casey Abashian and Ryan Keebaugh

After a successful Woodgrove Fall Color Guard season, the winter version of the team is looking to improve on the fall’s output, while continuing the bond of unity that many of the members of the Fall Guard enjoyed throughout the season.
The Winter Guard is judged similarly to Fall Guard, with competing teams being judged on their equipment, movement, visual design, technique, as well as how well the team being judged portrayed the theme that they received at the beginning of the season, all out of a score of 100.

One aspect that is drastically different between Fall Guard and Winter Guard is the difference in setting. Fall Guard Competitions take place in the sometimes-rugged fall weather that allows for wind and rain to affect the Guard’s performances, while the winter season takes place in heated, weather-free gyms, where the weather cannot distract or affect the performances of the teams. “My favorite thing about Winter Guard that is not present in Fall Guard is that it is inside, so the wind and temperature cannot affect us,” says sophomore Wolverine Fall and former Winter Guard member Hayley Shrout.

While the winter season has its own advantages like indoor facilities, it also has some disadvantages when being comparing to Fall Guard. The start of the winter season brings Daylight Savings Time and an earlier sunset, creating less daylight for the Guard to practice their performances outside after school hours. To create and gain as much time as possible, the Wolverine Winter Guard Team has had to resort to using the Mountain View Elementary School gymnasium, with the high school’s facilities being used by other winter sports like wrestling, basketball, and the winter drumline. This change in buildings, while seeming minor, is Sophomore Fall and Winter Guard member Grace Leitner’s least favorite aspect of the winter season. “My least favorite thing from Winter Guard is practicing at Mountain View Elementary because there is no gym space at Woodgrove. In the fall, we practice outside at Woodgrove.”

Throughout the continued competition of an entire four-month season, Leitner hopes that her favorite part of Guard overall, the people, stay together. “My favorite aspect of guard is the people. I have so many close friends who really make me happy and is the group of people you would want to spend all of your time with,” says Leitner.