JUST LIKE ANY OTHER ACTIVITY:
Some "sports" actually work very hard and kick butt while others may just stand around doing silly things... DEPENDS. ON. CLASS!!!
guard is guard. it does not matter whether you hate it or if you hate the hater of it. you can only truly know what it is if you had experience, but not all experiences have the same conditions. so SHUT UP EVERYONE imma guard kid and i love it and we have to run at least a mile every practice and that's only a small fraction for warm ups. NOT ALL GUARDS DO THIS SO GET THIS IN YOUR HEADS THAT YOU CANNOT BE A PROPER JUDGE OF WHAT ONE GUARD DOES OUT OF MANY unless you are a qualified guard judge... then i'm honored you are reading this! :3
But still, it. depends. on. LEVEL!
BOBBY: *shows Bob the guy that tosses a 7 with his rifle while sitting*
BOB: so what? aren't those things paper weight?
BOBBY: In order for the equipment to be allowed or qualify to be standardized(guards have to spin standardized equipment for a certain amount of time to avoid penalties and can add other things for more GE), they have to weigh a certain amount. The poles and silks or "flags" have to be top heavy and have some weight at the bottom. Some flags have actual specifically measured weights as most people put washers and bolts at each end. This ensures that the flags, when tossed, don't go flying in outer space. This also keeps the flags in motion while tossed. Flags used can be SUPER GIANT or extremely tiny.