Choose a size for your flagpole. Longer poles can handle bigger flags, but smaller poles might be better for beginners. The average length of poles used in high school is 6 feet and advanced groups typically use poles that are 7 feet long, or poles as long as 10 feet for over-sized flags.
Choose a type and color of flagpole. They are made with a variety of materials, including aluminum, PVC piping and fiberglass. Typical colors are gold, silver, black, white or clear, or you can change the color of your pole with electrical tape or contact paper. Find a selection of poles and accessories at websites such as Dance Cheer. See the Resources section below for a link.
Decide between plastic and rubber tips. Poles come with plastic tips, which can help prevent sails, but some find rubber easier to work with in a routine. Companies will often include rubber tips in addition to plastic for a nominal additional charge.
Buy enough poles for your color guard. Each student is usually given a practice flag and several show flags. Flags are attached with Velcro or taped to poles.
Weight your pole with bolts, screws or tape. Extra weight makes it easier to control flag tosses. You can buy weights for poles or you can use bolts bought at a hardware store. If you use bolts or screws, be sure to wrap them in duct tape first so they won't rattle around. The pole should be weighted slightly heavier on top than on the bottom.
Choose your flags. Buy or design a flag that reflects the theme of your show. Find tips for flag designs at websites such as Color Guard Central and True Colors. See the Resources section below for a link.