Pep flags

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Pep Flags, also known as flaggies, short flags, small flags, or twirl flags is the performing art of twirling one or two flag(s) as part of a choreographed routine. In recent years, some schools have implemented a third and even fourth flag in routines. This performing art is mainly prominent in Southern California high schools in various school districts. It is mainly in high schools but a few are in elementary, middle school and college/university levels.

Although pep flags has been around for many decades (and has evolved much since then), it has been gaining more and more popularity. This particular style of pep flags has spanned out to other areas in Northern California and Nevada and has been known to have similar styles in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Twirling has also reached other countries such as Australia, Canada, Hungary, Japan, South America, St. Kitts and the United Kingdom.

Depending on the place, pep flags may be classified with baton (flag baton), majorettes or precision/prop. Usually, pep flags is often associated with cheerleading, as it is one of the main subdivisions of the spirit world: cheerleading, songleading/pom pom, mascots and pep flags). Not to be confused with auxiliary or colorguard, pep flags is a separate discipline. However, much like other auxiliary and spirit teams, Pep Flags takes much hand and eye coordination, athleticism, showmanship and overall teamwork and good sportsmanship. Many flag routines involve choreography to music, dance/cheer elements (such as kicklines, pyramid mounts, etc.), numerous combinations of twirls, flag tricks, and flag tosses (also known as exchanges).

Many schools that have a Pep Flag squad can generally be seen performing at school pep rallies, football games (pre-game, half-time or even along the sideline with the cheerleaders), and cheering at other sporting events during the fall. Some may be seen marching with their school's band during parade season. In the spring, teams compete in several indoor competitions against other schools. Some of the main competitions that occur are United Spirit Association (USA) Regionals and Nationals, Miss Dance Drill/Team USA, Sharp competitions as well as smaller school-sponsored competitions throughout the Southern California area. Generally, these competitions have two separate divisions for one flag and two flag routines. In addition, they may also include solo, duet, and trio divisions as well.

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Pep Flags in media[edit]

Pep flags, or the use of pep flags, can be seen in:

Musicals

Music videos

Television

Movies

Competition history[edit]

Year USA National Champions

(Two Flag Division)

USA National Champions

(One Flag Division)

USA National Champions

(Two Flag - Novice Division)

2017 Carson High School Carson High School Crescenta Valley High School
2016 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School Glendora High School
2015 Morse High School Morse High School Glendora High School
2014 Morse High School Morse High School
2013 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2012 Carson High School Channel Islands High School
2011 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2010 Channel Islands High School Morse High School
2009 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2008 Long Beach Polytechnic High School Long Beach Polytechnic High School
2007 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2006 Carson High School Carson High School
2005 Carson High School Carson High School (One flag division was reinstated in 2005)
2004 Carson High School
2003 Channel Islands High School
2002 Channel Islands High School
2001 Channel Islands High School
2000 Carson High School
1999 Narbonne High School
1998 Channel Islands High School
1997 Bishop Montgomery High School
1996 Narbonne High School
1995 Narbonne High School
1994 Arapahoe High School
1993 Narbonne High School
1992 Narbonne High School
1991 Channel Islands High School
1990 Narbonne High School
1989 Carson High School
1988 Channel Islands High School Carson High School
1987 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
1986 Channel Islands High School
Year Miss Dance Drill Team USA: U.S. National Champions (See Kay Teer Crawford)

(Two Flag Division)

Miss Dance Drill Team USA: U.S. National Champions

(One Flag Division)

Miss Dance Drill Team International: World Champions
2017 San Diego Twirlies Bishop Montgomery High School Kyoei Gakuen High School (Japan)
2016 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School Kyoei Gakuen High School (Japan)
2015 Kyoei Gakuen High School (Japan) Channel Islands High School
2014 Bishop Montgomery High School Bishop Montgomery High School
2013 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2012 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2011 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School Kyoei Gakuen High School (Japan)
2010 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2009 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2008 Narbonne High School Channel Islands High School Kyoei Gakuen High School (Japan)
2007 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2006 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School Kyoei Gakuen High School (Japan)
2005 Channel Islands High School (One and Two flag divisions have been combined up to 2006)
2004 Channel Islands High School Kyoei Gakuen High School (Japan)
2003 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2002 Channel Islands High School
2001 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
2000 Channel Islands High School
1999 Channel Islands High School
1998 Narbonne High School
1997 Narbonne High School
1996 Narbonne High School
1995 Narbonne High School Narbonne High School
1994 Narbonne High School
1993 Narbonne High School
1992 Narbonne High School Kyoei Gakuen High School (Japan)
1991 Narbonne High School
1990 Channel Islands High School (One and Two flag divisions were combined this year) Bishop Montgomery High School
1989 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School Narbonne High School
1988 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
1987 Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
1986 Bishop Montgomery High School Channel Islands High School Bishop Montgomery High School
1985 Westchester High School Channel Islands High School Channel Islands High School
1984
1983 Pioneer High School

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