Loudoun County, VA (September 14, 2016) – Charging a football field and breaking through a banner is an exciting tradition to open a football game with. Although, when the banner doesn’t break, not only does it become a hazard for injury, but it really ruins what could be an awesome photograph.
As a former football player that has been both blinded and tripped up by a banner that didn’t break, and now witnessing the same mishaps occur over and over again to the current gridiron warriors I now photograph, in consideration for the safety of those charging the field, I felt the sharing of the following tips for a successful banner break long over-due.
A successful banner break requires two simple steps:
#1 – Rip the top and bottom center of the banner. This not only makes it easier for the banner to tear, but it reduces the torque on the banner holders’ grip as the banner breaks .
#2 – Whomever is holding the ends of the banner, make sure you have a solid grip, and DO NOT LET GO!!! Do not let go of the banner at the first tug of impact, and if you let go, only do so once you see the banner is split or you’re only holding a tuft of the banner. Yes, it may be easier said than done, but banner grip is key.
Now, I can understand how a it may be difficult to view how a paper banner can pose as a hazard to a team of charging football players, and although there are countless images of unsuccessful banner breaks that I can easily post to better emphasize the point, all it take is one:
Two very simple tips will ensure the most safe and visually appealing banner break to kick-off a game.
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