parade safety question

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?

Well, I assume you are riding a unicycle. How fast is the truck
going? The kid would have to be really confident on the unicycle, ie,
if s/he fell off
s/he could fall under the truck. BUT if it’s moving quite slow and
there is no quick immediate traffic behind I can’t imagine how s/he
would be hurt badly. I can’t see a real safety concern (parades don’t
go at 60mph I suppose!) I would be worried about missing the basket
and/or having the ball roll under the truck. But with me, the basket
could be two inches from my nose and I would probably miss it,
unicycle or no unicycle!

In short, I don’t see a safety problem for the kid.

Cheers, Graham W. Boyes

me AT toao DOT net - http://www.TOAO.net/ http://www.HawHawJokes.com/

I woke up this morning and felt like a two-year-old. But there wasn’t one
around so I went back to sleep.

“ticklemevaughn” <forum.member@unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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> 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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> Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

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

> 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 jfoss@unicycling.com www.unicycling.com

“Never take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night” –
good advice

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

ticklemevaughn wrote:

> 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?
>
> –
> Posted via the Unicyclist Community - http://unicyclist.com/forums

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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
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