Over the course of the year girls all over Australia learn their Physie syllabus ready to perform in a variety of competitions locally as well as on a state and national level. But there is one unique event that is a favourite with many physie girls and women. That is, of course, Teams. Being a part of a team is a highlight for many in the competition season.
What is a Team?
A team usually consists of 6 ladies or 8 girls who strive to present the syllabus in synchronisation while remaining in formation. Their timing aims to be the same and their leotards and hair are as similar as possible. Being a part of a team involves months of practice and commitment.
Once the syllabus has been learned during the first term or two, those students who are selected to compete in team competitions will be placed in a team based on their age and ability.
Some clubs may select only those girls who are highly committed while other clubs may aim to include anyone who would like the experience. Either way, students will need to know the syllabus relatively well to participate.
What does a Team look like?
Although some codes of Physie may vary, a team of 8 will generally be placed into a formation known as 3-2-3 and a team of 6 form into a 3-2-1 pattern.
In advanced teams formations vary throughout the performance.
Teachers then consider the overall look and ability of team members. For example, a team will looked well balanced if two girls of a similar height can be placed on opposite corners or placing shorter girls in front of the taller girls will look better than a shorter girl hidden behind a taller girl. There is also the matter of those who will need to lead the team with their timing in the front followed by girls who can carefully keep the team in formation from the back.
A team needs to execute the syllabus correctly while remaining in unison. When they turn to on a diagonal, they should all line up by turning their bodies on the same angle. Their movements are to be in time and their performance is more about synchronisation than the individuals interpretation.
All competitors wear the same leotard. In many codes of physie the team leotard is black and team members have their hairstyle and hair accessories matching to create their unique “look”.
What are the benefits of being a part of a Team?
Being a part of a team develops responsibility. Committing to rehearsals, communicating with others, problem solving and working towards a common goal are some of the skills required. Team skills such as discipline, persistence and resilience are experienced. There is a sense of belonging when you are a part of a team that isn’t quite the same in individual events. Students often bond over having a common goal. Friendships are formed and team mates celebrate their successes together!