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Author: Andrea McBride

How To Make Sure Your Basic Skills Stay Sharp

Many times, athletes will progress their abilities in certain skills only to regress later and become frustrated not being able to fix it. Often, it’s because basic, fundamental drills are being skipped in order to get straight to the more difficult and challenging skills at practice. If you pay attention, you’ll notice that even world class athletes warm up with their most basic skills at practice. They do this because they know those are the foundation for their entire set of abilities. So while handstand hops or cradle timers may not seem like a priority to you, they’re absolutely...

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Fighting the Burnout Blues

All Star Cheer is a 12 month sport. There is very little down time. Other sports have an ‘off season’ but all star cheerleading can seem like 24/7  -365. It’s 12 months of hardcore practicing and training with four to five months of that being actual competing. So if you start competitive cheer at a young age, burnout can happen early. Most sports get four to five years of all-in, early days and late nights, two a days, full out, hard core athletes. But all star cheerleading needs its athletes to do that for 10 or more years. In...

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End of Season Exit: How to Leave Your Gym Gracefully 

All good things must come to an end. And, sometimes they end sooner than we would like. Or, maybe they can’t end soon enough. But, no matter what your reasons are for leaving, there are good and bad ways to leave your gym. You’ll want to make sure you do it in a good way because going through life burning bridges is a sure fire way to destroy valuable relationships. Below are some tips you can utilize to help you make a graceful exit. Pro tip: Remember that YOU have known about your exit for much longer than your coaches...

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Prepping for Competition Season

This article was taken from a feature in our October 2015 – Pink Issue. Order Your Copy Today! It’s only 48 hours before our first competition and we haven’t even done a full out routine! When I put it that way it sounds pretty scary doesn’t it? But I’m not freaking out just yet because we have a system that I trust for preparing our athletes, teams, coaches and families for competition season. To be fair, that 48 hours isn’t 2 days. It is spread out over 12 weeks and 24 practices.  That being said, we still have time...

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Letting Them Go

Every year, our cheer season starts over in May. And, every year I have to say goodbye to some of my athletes. Sometimes, I have known for a while that they wouldn’t be returning. Other times I am completely stunned. Every time though, I am sad. But I can’t allow myself to be bitter. I don’t allow that to happen because long ago, in my rookie coaching days, I used to let it consume me and it was toxic for me, for my family and for the kids that were still cheering with me. I would take an athlete...

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