You already have a good idea of how many seniors you’ll have on each of your teams for the next school year. We need 2 minutes to photograph each senior for their banner. So, take the number of expected seniors per team, multiply that by 2 and you have the number of minutes per team that we need. From there, add up all of your teams.
With the total amount of time it’s going to take, you can figure out the best way to fit it in the schedule. We work 7 days a week, so it’s entirely up to you when you want to do it. But having done this for a few years, here are some recommendations:
- If you can fit banner photos in right after final cuts and right before first practice, that always works best. Once practice starts, coaches are less and less open to giving up practice time as the start of the season approaches.
- Make sure you factor in uniforms. If you are getting new ones, we’re all on the hook waiting for FedEx.
- Don’t create a mosh pit! Having every senior from every team show up at the same time always turns into a mess, everyone feels rushed and the whole thing ends up taking more time than it needs to. Using the 2-minute math above, have each of your teams arrive in sequence. A little overlap is fine. Just not everyone at once, please.
- Girls tend to take more time than guys. So, schedule men’s teams first if you can.