Your hair is styled, your make up complete and you have changed into your leotard ready to compete! If you are new to physie you may be wondering where to pin your number and how to be sure it is secured so that it won’t fall off while you are dancing.
Choosing A Suitable Safety Pin
Safety pins come in gold, silver or black but be aware that marks can be left by oxidized pins. Marks on your leotard can affect resale. You may pay a little more for a better quality pin but it will be worth it. After you find the pin that you prefer, keep a packet of them with you for physie competitions. Pins can be purchased at Spotlight, Lincraft or your local craft store. If you are hosting a competition and need many pins, ordering online in bulk can be cost effective. Sewing or haberdashery suppliers sell a wide range of pins.
There are a variety of sizes to suit your preferred way of pinning a number. Pictured below are a couple examples of how you can pin your number. Number 20 has secured her number with 4 small gold pins while number 29 has used 2 larger silver safety pins. While there are holes for the pins to go through many competitors prefer the pin to be attached to the cardboard to prevent the pins breaking through and the number falling off.
How To Pin Your Number
When pinning your number hold the leotard and number as shown in the photos below to prevent being pricked or scratched by the pins.
Where To Pin Your Number
Numbers may be pinned any where on the front of your leotard. Consider the design of your leotard when putting your number in place.
How To Pin For Comfort
By placing clear or white sticky tape over the pins you will prevent the pins from catching on fishnet tights which can tear particularly during floor routines. The last thing a competitor needs is the distraction of a pin coming undone during a performance or the bother of having to replace fishnet stockings regularly.
Trimming the corners of your number may be more comfortable for the competitor during routines. Be sure to trim before pinning the number to your leotard for an even cut.
Where To Collect Numbers
Sometimes numbers will be issued before a competition date but often will need to be collected before marshaling on the day of the event. Be sure you allow enough time to collect your number as there may be a queue. Save time by having one club member collect the numbers a few members at a time.
And remember, no matter what your number, where you pin it or whether it stays on or not you will not be judged for how your number looks. These ideas are simply to help you feel more comfortable so that when you perform you are not unnecessarily distracted.
Please share any tips or tricks you have found helpful in the comments below!