While the beginning of a new year is a great time to set new goals, the end of the year is a great time to reflect on everything you've accomplished in the past year. This will give you a good idea of the progress you've already made both as a squad and as an individual and help you assess where you're at and what steps you need to take to get where you ultimately want to be.
Have a special team meeting to talk about the goals you've reached. Even though the end of the year comes in the middle of your competition season, it's a good time to reflect on non-competition specific goals. At the end of your season, you can talk about your scores and the outcome of those competitions and how they matched up with your goals, so right now is a good time to talk about the other goals you set, like stunts you wanted to perfect.
Cheer coaches, make time to talk one on one with your cheerleaders to discuss the progress they've made and how they can improve. Keep the tone of the meeting positive and constructive, but make sure your expectations for the remainder of the season are clear. Lay out specific steps they can take to reach their goals by the end of the season.
Cheerleaders, if you had made any personal goals for the year, you should look back on those, too! Maybe you made your own goals to help you reach your team goals, like stretching or doing extra conditioning every day. Also, assess where you're at in your cheer skills. If you wanted to have a certain stunt mastered by the end of the season, are you there or on your way to being there? Make note of what you need to do to meet that goal by the deadline you set.
You hopefully also set goals for other areas of your life, like school. Don't forget to reflect on that and any other personal goals you made. Note where you are, whether you've reached your goals and need to set new ones, and how you can adjust the next goals you set.
After you've assessed your progress, celebrate it! To celebrate your team goals, have a pizza party or a team sleepover, go bowling or see a movie—just take some time to give yourselves a break and have fun. Do something similar to celebrate your individual progress, such as having a special family dinner or other family outing to do one of your favorite activities.
What team and individual accomplishments are you proud of this year?
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Emily is a California transplant and longtime athlete who loves the beach, burritos, and fitness.