Banner raids are a tongue-in-cheek
ritual used to promote the visitation of square dance clubs with each other.
The Banner itself in this context is usually a rectangular cloth replica of
the club’s parade banner (see Hayloft Steppers banner above)
A banner is “won” or Stolen when
members of one club visit another and the visited club will award their
banner. A banner is then “retrieved” or Recovered when the visited club
likewise visits the visiting club.
Rules differ slightly between
regions but here are the May 29,2006 WACA Requirements
TO CAPTURE TRAVEL BANNER
1. Any WACA club attending another
club's dance with four or more graduate couples wearing club badges is
eligible to capture that club's banner at one or two separate dances.
2. If two or more WACA clubs attend
another WACA club dance with at least four graduate couples wearing club
badges, each club's name will be placed in a container and the club drawn
will capture the banner.
3. To retrieve your banner from
another WACA club, you must visit the dance with at least four graduate
couples wearing club badges at one or two separate dances.
4. To retrieve your banner and be
eligible to capture the host club's banner, you must attend the dance with
eight graduate couples wearing club badges (four couples to retrieve your
banner and four couples to capture the host club's banner).
5. No club can capture more than one
banner on a given night within the WACA organization.
6. If a club's travel banner is not
available when you visit a club, the president will ensure that you will
get the banner when they retrieve it or they will return the visit as soon
RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR WACA
VISITATION CARD SYSTEM
1. To qualify to have the WACA card
signed, the visiting club is required to attend a dance with four couples
or one square.
2. If anyone, two or three couples
attend a dance the treasurer of the host club will keep an unsigned WACA
card with a note of the number of couples attending from the visiting club.
The treasurer will hold this card until a total of four couples have
visited at which time the card will be signed and given to the Visiting
The Hayloft Steppers, as one of the
most widely traveled clubs in the area, full supports this program.
See maps and flyers from some of the clubs we have visited
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