Cheerleading is something that I will never forget as I get older. It has had a huge impact on my entire life and I owe it all to my coaches. My coaches were there with me every single second since I started the sport and they have shaped me into the person I am today. They were there with me through it all. There are millions of reasons why I will never forget my cheer coaches, but here are a few of the really important ones.
1. Never doubted me once
I can’t remember one time that my coaches didn’t have faith in me. They believed in me more than I believed in myself. I will never forget the talks and words of encouragement that they gave me before I would throw a new skill. Something that they always told me that stuck with me is, “I would never ask you to throw a skill that I don’t think you can handle.” They pushed me to be a better athlete every single day because they believed in me.
2. Made me laugh during the hardest times
Sometimes the stress of big competitions coming up would get to me and I would overwork myself. My coaches always made sure I was still enjoying myself during those times and could always make me laugh no matter what.
3. Pushed me WAY past my limits
I have done things in cheerleading that I would have never imagined myself doing. My coaches pushed me past my limits because they knew it would make me better. They conditioned me, challenged me and convinced me to do things that I never thought I would be able to do.
4. At the end of the day they were always there for me
They were more than just coaches to me, because they cared about me personally too. They were very understanding and supportive of everything. When I messed up at a competition and couldn’t seem to forgive myself for it, my coaches were always there to tell me that it’s just one mistake and to just use that mistake to work harder at practice so it doesn’t happen again. They were always the ones that we would look at during the routine to see if we were doing well. They were the last ones to wish us luck before we hit the floor and the first ones to hug us the second we got off.
5. Showed me that it’s not always going to be easy, but it will be worth it
This is by far one of the best life lessons that my coaches have taught me throughout the years. They pushed us and they worked us hard but the results were worth it. Competition after competition with not getting first place or just not hitting a solid routine can sometimes be disappointing, but it pushed us to work harder and come together as a team. When we finally got first place or just hit a routine at a competition, that’s when we realized that the hard work your coaches put you through was not easy at all, but it was 100% worth it.
6. Taught me discipline
If our stunt fell when we were doing full out routines in practice, they wouldn’t just let that slide by. We would have to do it until it hit. If I had a tumbling bust or didn’t throw my tumbling in a full out routine in practice, they would have me do it until I landed. They would have us run or start conditioning if we didn’t listen to what they were saying or if we would continue to not fix our mistakes. At the time I would get frustrated but I knew that they were only doing this to help us and make us better athletes.
7. Taught me to never give up
Sometimes I would have an off day at practice and nothing would go right. My coaches kept pushing me to keep trying because they knew I was able to do it. They taught me that it is okay to mess up, but to never give up because if you keep trying you can do anything.
8. Gave me confidence
They gave me so much confidence. They knew when I was working really hard on something and they would make sure to tell me that they are proud of me. They would tell me that my running tumbling looked beautiful or my jumps to tuck looked amazing. They would compliment my hair and makeup at competitions or just tell me that I’m looking good when they knew that I have been working out extra.
9. Made me believe that saying “I can’t” is never an option
I can remember one of my first practices ever when my coach asked me to do something and I said “I can’t” and my coach made me run laps for saying that. They said it wasn’t an option, which is completely true. This is one lesson that I always think about in the real world. When I am asked to do something and I am not sure if I can do it or not, I know to never say “I can’t” instead I say, I will try my hardest.
10. They made me a better person and athlete overall
My cheerleading coaches have shaped me into the person I am today. They really have made me a better person and athlete over the years. They taught me to believe in myself and to never give up. They pushed me past my limits and taught me valuable lessons that I will never forget. The bond between an athlete and a coach is something special and should not be taken for granted. I am so thankful for my cheerleading coaches for making a difference in my life and always having faith in me.