Being a great coach is about being a great leader! Here are some tips to remember:
- Lead by Example and be a Great Role Model in and out of cheerleading. This includes sticking to your rules, enforcing grades, how you treat others, the way you carry yourself and how you use your manners ( remember someone is ALWAYS watching ).
- Be a great Listener: It is important to listen to your athletes to understand what they need.
- Be Approachable: Make an effort to get to know EVERYONE on your team and let them know you are here to help them with ANYTHING they need help with.
- Delegate Responsibilities: Remember, you can not do everything and delegating is a great way to get your athletes and team parents involved in the leadership of your team. Responsibilities could include choreography of a new dance, school spirit ideas or fundraising.
- Be Prepared!: To earn your team’s respect, you should be prepared when you come to practice. This includes knowing what you are teaching BEFORE you start, having your practice agenda done as well as having the details completed for any upcoming events.
- Enforce that practice should be about the TEAM. Any gossip or outside issues should be left at the door and the focus should be about the team and your team goals.
- Treat EVERY athlete EXACTLY THE SAME. Even if your daughter or family friend is on the team, it is important to not play favorites.
- Speak Cleary and Confidently!: If you waiver or are unsure of yourself, your athletes will doubt your ability to lead.
- FOCUS: Each practice should have a focus and make sure to communicate it to your team before you start. For example, cleaning a routine or learning a new stunt.
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