parade safety question

parade safety question

Post by ticklemevaugh » Tue, 26 Jun 2001 08:45:11


i have been working with some 9-12 year old kids on some parade
routines. one of the things we want to do is shoot a basket ball through
a hoop mounted to the back of a truck. my question is is it safe to do
this with the truck moving foward? or should the driver stop for a
minute and let us shoot around?

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parade safety question

Post by trdw.. » Wed, 27 Jun 2001 00:20:15

Hello Parade Basketball players,

In Hong Kong, the USHK boys once did a rolling basketbal "game"
where 2 teams of 4 played against each other the entire route of ther parade.
The baskets were plastic hoops help by two guys on 6 footers.

We'd lower hoop or shift it right or left to allow the bal to go in and to
enhance crowd applause!!   But if we wanted to, we could pull the hoop away
and allow a perfectly good shot to go unallowed!

The crowds loved it as it demonstrated technique and comedy at the same time.
Also, we had walking spotters at either end of the moving "court" which
would pick up stray shots!!

Even better, some parade watchers would often pick up a stray, approach the
6 footer "Hoop Man" and take a shot of their own!! Even more laughter!!

No safety concerns here .............. as the whole idea was entertainment,
and  "helpers" lined the parade route by the thousands!

Steve  

 
 
 

parade safety question

Post by John Fo » Wed, 27 Jun 2001 04:04:44

Quote:
> i have been working with some 9-12 year old kids on some parade
> routines. one of the things we want to do is shoot a basket
> ball through a hoop mounted to the back of a truck. my
> question is is it safe to do this with the truck moving
> foward? or should the driver stop for a
> minute and let us shoot around?

My first instinct at this question is to point out that kids on unicycles
and moving trucks sounds like a bad combination. It is. But on the other
hand, this is what parades are made of. Horses, cars, trucks, people wearing
costumes they can't see out of, unicycles, spectators on bikes, and audience
members wandering into the street are all part of the mix.

Parades move at approximately walking speed. Many parades have rules that
the unit must keep a forward motion at all times. But this is usually
flexible enough to allow brief stops as long as it doesn't stop the unit
behind you.

For best shooting results, I recommend stopping the truck briefly, then
moving on. Always keep the truck dead slow. To keep riders from banging into
the truck and ending up under it, etc., I would suggest a rule that riders
not touch the truck. Also make sure the truck has lots of mirrors, and good
communication between the driver and someone who can see what's happeneing
behind the truck.

Happy parading,

John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone

www.unicycling.com

"Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night" -- good advice

 
 
 

parade safety question

Post by patty loeffl » Fri, 29 Jun 2001 01:58:35

I would vote, stop the truck.  You don't really have control of where the
ball goes once it is thrown.  Even a spectator may decide to get into the
action-truck wheels and balls not good.  Have a great parade
Patty
 UnicycleClub.com

Quote:

> i have been working with some 9-12 year old kids on some parade
> routines. one of the things we want to do is shoot a basket ball through
> a hoop mounted to the back of a truck. my question is is it safe to do
> this with the truck moving foward? or should the driver stop for a
> minute and let us shoot around?

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