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3 Ways to be a Better Role Model

As athletes we get put in the spotlight sometimes. People hear our name get called out over the loudspeaker. Some of us coach, officiate, and/or attend youth sporting events. Our faces are out in public more than the average person, and we have tons of little ones looking up to us at all times. We are natural born role models whether we like it or not. The minute you put that uniform on, you decided to put yourself in a position that makes others look up to you. You do not get to choose whether you are a role...

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A Letter to Coaches on Mind Blocks

To the Coaches and Tumbling Instructors: One of the hardest things for coaches to deal with is an athlete with a mind block. The problem with mind blocks is that they are all different. Not one mind block is exactly like the next one. This is why they are so hard to deal with. Sally might need someone to be hard on her and push her, while Susan will break down and not throw anything that day if you treat her that same way. So, as coaches, what do we do in this situation? We want our athlete to...

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What Not To Do At Tryouts

A coach’s letter to incoming athletes: Every year we have plenty of girls and boys tryout for a limited amount of spots on the team(s). Whether it be Elementary, Middle School, High school, Rec, or all-star; us coaches see the same thing every year for tryouts. Believe it or not, coaches are just as apprehensive and excited about tryouts as you are. We have high hopes for the season and want what is best for the team. The moment an athlete enters the gym we begin judging them. We’re watching during all of the conditioning, meetings, clinics, and everything...

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7 Ways to Make Practice More Enjoyable

As athletes and coaches, we know how tiring practice can be. We also know that practice is the most crucial part to cheerleading! Whether it’s preparing for a big rivalry game, nerve racking competition, or anything in between – practice is a MUST! But how do we make it enjoyable? This is the question that typically haunts coaches through their entire career. When you have a big pep rally coming up and you have to hit that awesome new pyramid in front of the entire school. When you have regionals coming up and you have to hit a flawless...

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