> 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
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.
John Foss, the Uni-Cyclone
"Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night" -- good advice