Coaches go through many different emotions during the start of a new season. Usually, coaches are excited about the prospect of leading a new team to potential championships. However, coaches may also be nervous about the responsibilities that lie ahead. Most importantly, they may be worried about being able to be a good role model because often coaches are the source of positivity for a team. A coach has the ability to completely change the morale of his/her team"”for better or for worse. Here are six tips that will help coaches of all levels have a successful season:
First and foremost, a coach's number one job should always be to ensure the safety of his/her team members. This includes being well versed on the current cheerleading regulations and guidelines. A coach needs to be able to foresee potential safety problems within a routine and be comfortable enough fixing them if any arise.
Communication between a coach and his/her team members is the key to having a successful season. The team should be aware of any major decisions you make. In turn, a coach needs to be able to listen to the needs and concerns of the team members and be willing to adjust to create a healthy athletic environment.
There's always room for learning no matter how talented or accomplished you are. Stay up to date on all of the advancements being made in cheerleading.
Always remember that a coach's attitude sets the stage for the morale of the team. A coach should try to always wear a smile even during a hard practice or losing competition. Simple activities, like pep talks at the end of practice, will help keep the morale of the team at a strong level.
Be sure to always be a step or two ahead of your team. Having a detailed plan of what needs to be accomplished by the end of each practice will help a coach stay on track during the heat of the season. Being organized will also help team members have confidence in their coaches.
Always remember that the main goal of any sport is to have FUN! Most young athletes join their respective teams as a way to get involved in their community and meet other likeminded individuals while having fun. Don't let the goal of winning overshadow the enjoyment of the sport.
Following these tips will help ensure a positive and prosperous season. When your team is surrounded by optimism, the outlook of building a strong, winning team becomes a "when" not an "if."