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Effective Uses for Noisemakers During a Basketball Game

Posted by Stumps Spirit on January 21, 2013

Everybody knows the feeling: a tight game, incredible suspense, emotions running high. With this scenario comes the question of how to put your team over the top and the answer is to create a sound that cannot be denied!

Here are ideas for using sound and noisemakers the most effectively.

Coordination. We have many options for noisemakers including voices, bodies or “special equipment”. Select sounds for the various team actions and situations and use them consistently. For example, foot-stomping and/or hissing can be used during free throws, whistles for bad plays, cowbells for scores and so on. You probably already have some conventions (which may differ from these examples) and that’s great! You don’t have to change the routine, just build on it for a better, well-coordinated repertoire.

Rhythms. Speaking of coordination, we recommend teaching fresh rhythms to use with percussion-type noisemakers such as bams. The classic rhythm example to use is the opening of Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” but there’s nothing wrong in finding your own catchy rhythm to use with percussion, with or without voice. We like these routines for warming up the crowd, for your team pulling ahead, or for any other celebratory situation.

Visual pairings. We are visual creatures, so don’t neglect the visual as well as the audio. Pair them up! One easy way is to use color, with as many fans as possible wearing team color shirts, morph suits and team supplies such as signs. You might also provide wearable props, such as hats, for a row or block of spectators. Wearable props might be about team colors, or it might consist of a visual salute to a holiday game or tourney, such as Valentine’s or a Mardi Gras event theme. (Imagine, for example, a block of fans or band clad in Mardi Gras glitter top hats next month.)

Another visual to pair with noise is dance moves, which has reminded us of the Interlude Dance. Below is the video, which includes step-by-step instructions as well as group shots in various settings, making it fun to watch whether or not you already know the dance.

Your fans needn’t get as involved as the Interlude people but having a few good moves is a wonderful thing, is what we’re saying.

Got a few good moves yourself? Share them in the comments!


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