The Origins of Coaching for Cheerleading

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Coaching, in various forms, has been around for centuries! Coaching is used to teach all kinds of things, from cooking to painting to sports. The main goal of a coach is to give help and feedback that works toward reaching individual and team performance and development goals. Coaching for cheerleading has changed over the years, but the need for a coach has always been apparent. Coaching, as an industry and career, saw its own growth and changes – outside of the growth of cheerleading as a sport. In the beginning years of cheerleading, one of the team members was elected Captain, and led the team. Later, in schools, a faculty adviser would be assigned to the “activity’. As cheerleading spread, there was now a need for coaches that were part of an educational facility, but also a need for outside coaches. As All Star squads, professional teams and pee wee groups began to organize and skill levels increased, it was clear that a faculty adviser or parent volunteer just wasn’t going to cut it. Cheerleading coaches need to be trained in organization, motivation and safety. Today, there are classes, courses and tests to certify cheer coaches. Many coaches are former cheerleaders themselves, who just couldn’t shake their passion for the sport. Cheerleading coaches used to have minimal duties, but today they are the heart and soul of a cheerleading squad. Here are just some of the things that a cheer coach is responsible for: Hold tryouts and put the team together Choose Captain(s) and Co-Captain(s) Enforce disciplinary action when necessary Communicate with team member’s parents and solve team conflicts Ensure safety protocols are being practiced for stunting and tumbling Run conditioning and training programs Order cheerleading apparel – including uniforms, shoes, practice wear and accessories Keep school traditions alive Register for and organize travel to cheer competitions Help run cheer fundraising programs

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