The participation of bands at a school football
contest is an exciting aspect of the event.
The band contributes to the event by increasing the level of excitement
and adding a “touch of class” to the festivities. In order to maintain a proper perspective and
to insure equity in competition for the participating teams, a few guidelines
must be followed.
1. During the contest, bands are to play only
during pre-game, half-time, post-game, the time between quarters, time-outs
(except injury time-outs) and between plays (stopping prior to the referee’s
whistle for “ready for play”).
2. Bands that are seated near the end zone
should not play if the line of scrimmage is inside the 10-yard line on the end
close to the band. After a touchdown,
field goal, extra point, or safety, the band may play the school fight song,
etc., however, the director must be sure to stop playing when the official
blows the ready for play whistle to start the next play.
3. When bands want to warm-up prior to
half-time, directors should arrange this so that it is done in an area that is
not a distraction to the contest. Note:
No whistles may be used while the game is in progress.
4. Because the band acts as a spirit group,
members should always act in a positive manner and must not do anything to
distract or negatively affect the opposing team. It is the director’s responsibility to
prevent his/her band from playing at inappropriate times, playing inappropriate
music, or taunting the opposing team.
The band must display courtesy and respect toward
the players, cheerleaders, and fans. To
do anything else is not only a distraction from the contest but also reflects
negatively on the band, the director, and the school. Support your school and team in a positive