#1 has had a ridiculously eventful season so far, and she still has almost three months left! During guard camp the coach was incredibly distracted, answering his phone over and over again, expressing frustration with his new relationship, and just generally being less than fully present with the guard. Two weeks later at band camp, he was showing up late, leaving early, and disappearing for hours on end. A week and a half later, he announces that he got a teaching job else where, and won't be coaching any more, but will still finish the choreography. He has yet to show up again to any practices.
Meanwhile, one of the girls moves away, and another announces that the flag work it too hard and she just doesn't show up for band camp. The band director tried to find some replacements but they felt that they were too far behind and just don't enjoy it enough to join the squad.
The band director from my girls' old middle school is called in to coach the guard. She had coached years ago, but stopped when she had some health issues. #1 was concerned because the two coaches have drastically different styles. Thankfully, the new (old?) coach is working with what had been already done.
Dd's co-captain has been nothing but bossy, but refuses to do any of the real work, leaving it all to dd but gets annoyed when she just gets stuff done. Fun huh?
The good stuff is happening too though. She is coaching the guard at her old middle school. The squad is small this year, but dd loves the girls, and has re-choreographed their routine because the first one was far too easy for them. She is currently baking them star shaped cookies because they "are my little stars!"
She spent this afternoon with her coach working through some of the high school show, and the coach asked her to finish the choreography for the second (of three) movements. Very little of this movement was done, so she has a lot to do. She is flying high! She knows that her co-captain will give her grief about it but at this point she just doesn't care what the other girl thinks.
The first home football game of the season is Friday, and I'm really excited to see what they have gotten done during the half time show.
#2 has had a good season so far. The freshman squad's coach is a delightful young woman who just graduated in May and is in college at a local school. #2 spends most their show pretty much front and center, and is being featured a bit. She came home today all excited because they got their dance choreography for the very beginning of the show and it's fun and playful. I'm looking forward to see their show in a few weeks.