Ohio State Competition-Teams

Day 2 flew by. We all met at the arena at 7:30am. The competition began at 8am. We had 6 teams competing out of 83. They were spaced apart just enough to make the competition go by fast. Thanks to covid this was about half of my twirlers first time to states. They were nervous but they performed like they do this everyday. I like to think i had them all very prepared. They seemed to really be enjoying themselves on the floor. That’s all i ask of them. Have fun!!!!

Pink Gold
Pretty in Pink
Pinkettes
Pink Diamonds
Stronger in Pink
Pink Passion

After all the teams were finished we all met behind the curtain to line up for the Parade of Teams. My girls all said that once they started twirling it wasn’t that bad!! Super proud to see them all smiling and having fun together. All of the teams entered the floor one at a time and found a seat on the floor for the upcoming award ceremony. Four of my six teams placed in the top of their division and we all walked away feeling good about our performances!

3rd Pretty in Pink
2nd Pink Gold
1st Pink Passion
1st Pink Diamonds

Ohio State Competition-Soloists

Day 1 was a very long day. From 8am-6pm we were busy with all our soloist. They did 2 baton, USTA strut, marches, presentation, pairs, solo, and artistic twirl. Each twirler was so good at warming themselves up and practicing in the designated area. Also a huge shoutout to the parents for making sure their daughters were close by a few sets ahead of their performance. I am so incredibly proud at how all of them performed. They had wonderful attitudes and showed exception sportsmanship. The girls gave it there all! It was a day of amazing male and female twirlers and i was just so proud to be the coach of my twirlers!

Ohio State Competition-Night One

Friday afternoon my husband and i began our road trip to southern Ohio. It was only about a 3 hour drive but man was it raining hard. Luckily the heavy rained seemed to disappear when we got to mid ohio. I, of course, had to make a potty stop when we got near Columbus. My husband, conveniently, found a huge Cabela’s to stop at. It was nice to break up the drive and walk around. This place was so big and had a much better selection of clothing then our local one has. Definitely worth the drive and we will go back!

We arrived at the hotel around 4pm. We decided to go grab dinner before it got crowded. Boy am i glad we made that decision. As we were leaving outback, 45 minutes later, they were turning people away because the wait was over an hour and a half long.

That evening my other coach, Roseanna, arrived in town. We told her to go grab food and come eat in our room. The 3 of us enjoyed a relaxing evening in. The ninja mom’s were hard at work though…..they were decorating all the Pink Ladies doors. It was the sweetest thing and I’m so blessed to have these parents as part of my team!

Competition #2 Soloist

The afternoon was filled with almost all my twirlers competing in solo events. The girls all did wonderful. We had many 1st places, along with many girls receiving a medal for 2nd and 3rd! The solo events are where the girls can really shine and show off their talent. It also really helps build self confidence, so i try and encourage all of them to do this!

The big winner of the day was Bella. She was awarded the Eis Family Aspiring Twirler Scholarship. This is a coach nominated award and the winner is chosen by the panel of USTA judges. In the morning each coach turned in their nominee and over the lunch break the judges met to discuss who earned the scholarship. Bella was my nominee and I’m so happy she won!!! She really is so hard working, dedicated and an awesome teammate. My other coaches nominated Madison and Emma for this scholarship. It was a great honor to have a Pink Lady win!

Competition #2 Teams

Well this competition my lips weren’t swollen, but i have an awesome sore in the corner of my mouth 😂. At this point it’s just a running joke with my students…

But anyways on to the great part of the day! Gosh i couldn’t love my twirlers anymore. Our second competition was local at Avon Lake High School. The teams FINALLY looked competition ready on the floor. A few more drops then i would have loved to see, but they did really awesome!

Pinkettes is my newest competition members. They received fifth place solely on the fact that their routine just lacks enough hard content. They are all new this season and they are learning harder tricks as they go. But oh did these girls put on a show. They smiled the entire time and they didn’t mess up at all. I was so unbelievably proud of them and i told them they were the best performing Pink Ladies team of the day!!!!

Pink Passion is our large show team. It’s all our “veteran” competition twirlers on the same team. They did a wonderful job and listened to all our correction from the first competition. The judge seemed to really enjoy their performance and they received first place!

My last team of the day was Pink Diamonds. They are a group of our 6 best total twirlers. This means they have the best work ethic, practice and overall have wonderful attitudes. They did a wonderful job and earned 1st place. Although they dropped their batons more than usual, they put on a beautiful performance.

Swollen lips and shaking hips!

What an eventful weekend. My husband and i traveled to southern ohio for a baton competition this past weekend. It was really exciting to have a little bit of normalcy back in our lives. Usually from January to May we travel monthly for competitions but these past 2 years have been very different.

I packed lots of healthy snacks to keep me fueled while staying in the hotel and to snack on during a long day of competition. On Saturday we at out for lunch and dinner. I made healthy choices and did the best i could to keep the calories down. I had grilled chicken and a small amount of gluten. Well by Saturday evening my top lip was swelling. This was concerning because (A) swollen lips are a red flag for an allergic reaction and (B) i can’t miss competition in the morning. I immediately took a second dose of Zyrtec, took a lysine vitamin and applied some Burt’s Bees lip balm. My top lip pretty much looked like i just had lip injections.

The next morning my lip was still swollen but not worse. We arrived at competition at 8am. My groups were first thing in the morning. My veteran groups went ok but definitely not their best performances. I think they had nerves getting back out there. We have lots of work to clean up their routines but i think knowing we have several more competitions this season a fire has been lit. My beginner group (who i was crazy nervous about) did so good!!! That group has a 3 year old and an autistic girl in it. I was super nervous but they lit up the floor as soon as the music started. I almost cried! The afternoon was filled with lots of my girls performing solos. They did amazing! It is so rewarding to see all their hard work pay off!

The girls on this team wore a bow in honor of karalyn who is home recovering from open beard surgery

I took my good camera with me and captured LOTS of action shots. It’s fun to merge my two passions in life and their parents all appreciate the fun performance shots i get of their daughters.

By the time we left the competition, my lip seemed to be some what back to normal. BUT Tuesday morning i woke up with another swollen lip. Is it the chicken? Is it the gluten? A long time ago i had an allergy to chicken, but as my body changed i grew out of that….or so i thought. I have a gluten intolerance but my doctor has always okayed having gluten in small amounts so it didn’t become a bigger issue. Maybe i can’t tolerate it at all anymore? The mystery continues and i will just keep a food diary and try to figure out what is causing this. It also could just be that my endometriosis is flared up and making me super sensitive to some foods right now. Life continues to be exciting!!!!

Tryouts

Oh the worst part of owning and coaching a baton twirling team! The girls have known for months the date of tryouts. We spent 8 weeks of this summer preparing them for it. All competition girls came together. We ran 3 routines over and over again. We did full groups and then split them into smaller groups. We had them do each routine until we were confident we saw every girl perform beginning to end. The girls were there for an hour and a half total. They were all in a great mood and very cooperative. We sent them home and us 3 coaches discussed what we just saw. We were unanimous in our decisions of where each girls should be placed for the upcoming season. Basically nothing needed to be discussed as we were all on the same page!

As soon as i got home i sent out text to each girl congratulating them and telling them their new team. About 15 minutes later my phone started going off. Sad twirlers. Angry moms. Texts were coming with both happy and sad students. My phone was ringing with parents upset. Ahhhhh make it stop!

After about 24 hours things started to cool down. Parents apologized and girls were in a good headspace to understand why we placed them on the team they did.

All in all we are excited for the new season to begin and I’m happy i don’t have tryouts for another year!