I received an email from a reader with a perplexing situation. She asked for my advice, but I know that there are people out there who are much smarter than me... namely you. I told her I would post it and find out what my readers think. So? Pony up and give us your thoughts!
"I used to do color guard in high school and college (guard is the girls in marching band that spin the flags). The college guard I was in was always far more relaxed than my high school one. We didn't try too hard and were non-competitive. It was all about the fun. And this is why so many different people could join the guard--even if you had no prior spinning experience. It was just a place for everyone to be themselves and have fun. We always had lots of girls of different shapes and sizes--ranging from girls over 6 ft tall to girls under 5 ft, girls weighing over 200 pounds to girls weighing under 100. We were just that diverse, because the program allowed for it. So we all didn't even worry about our sizes and just totally supported one another in that aspect.
And now on to the problem... Recently it came to my attention that my old college band director has implemented a "Size restriction" on who can march in the guard. Most of the "bigger" girls have already stopped marching, but there were two that wanted to come back this year and were let go from the guard because of this (each had already marched for three years in the band before)--and keep in mind that in my 6 years of marching, not a single person had ever been cut for any reason. And well, the bottom line is I feel compelled to say something. I'm not an outspoken person in any way really, but I just can't accept this. I would not have been cut when I was marching, but since I've graduated I've gained quite a bit of weight and probably wouldn't make the cut this year. It's unfortunate to think what I might have missed out on had this happened sooner.
I know this is a subject that you touch on quite a bit on your blog, and basically I am just asking for any advice/words of wisdom you can give me--by way of statistics, general things I can say, etc. Or maybe just an idea of where I should go with this."
Thoughts? Suggestions? Words of wisdom?