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I recently attended a conference for youth sport coaches and professionals. As someone who has coached a variety of sports, it was a great event where coaches and professionals shared a variety of ideals and concerns. One concern seemed to be haunting many of the coaches: Quitters.
One of the hottest topics at the conference was "Kids who quit the team while the season is in full swing". A football coach with over 18 years experience was the first to bring up this fast growing phenomenon in youth sports. He opened up the floor with "After 18 years of coaching, I am more than disappointed in families these days", he continues to say "In the past two years I have had up to 9 kids leave a team mid-season, all with reasons such as ~ My son doesn't like the sport, Its too much, Or my kids deserves more playing time. Has anyone else here notice this to be a growing problem?". Much to everyone's surprise, all the coaches raised their hands (include myself).
It opened up a conversation that never really ended by wrap up of the convention. Coaches from across the Western States all expressed growing concern about "quitters" joining their teams. Reality is, with any sport coaches are going to have kids who are not happy with their play time on the field or overall not happy with the sport program. But like most coaches mentioned at the convention is in the past these kids still completed the season, because teams are not just about that one person. When you quit a team before the season is over, you hurt the WHOLE TEAM. Even if you do not like your coach, its just not enough reason to abandon your team, your not hurting the organization as much as you are hurting the team members who believed that you cared as much about them as they do about you.
In the end most of the coaches agreed that this is a growing "problem" in the world of competition sports. Too often parents allow their kids to "give up" creating a child who will ultimately struggle with completing other task in school or work. As a parent I never allow my kids to quit a team, even when I have TRULY Disliked the organization or coaches. When we find ourselves dreading the thought of practice or competition, we just remind ourselves that our child is finishing the season because a commitment was made and it is not the Teams (the other kids) fault that we (or our child) is not happy. Understanding and following through a commitment is very important to us and to most of the coaches we met this past week.
Since the conference, the discussion about "Quitters" was carried over to an online forum where many of us share ideals and concerns. Below check out what other coaches and parents are saying about the impact quitting has on other committed children:
These are not post by our organization, we are merely sharing how the conversation about quitting is being discussed by parents and coaches alike.
Parent: My husband insists that our son play basketball, but he really doesn't like it at all. I've asked my son why and he says that he would rather be playing music. My husband says that he cannot quit playing because he has already started and letting him quit now would only make him think he can quit things whenever they get hard. I don't think that is true. I know that I really resent my parents for forcing me to play sports. What do you think should I continue making him play or should I try to convince my husband that he should quit?
Coach: I have been coaching an Level 4 Cheer Team for the last 7 years. In the past 2 years I have had no less than 3 kids quit right before a large competition. Last year, two girls quit just a month before Worlds. These kids had key roles in our stunts and without them we were unable to rework the choreography and the whole team suffered because we had to cancel our trip from Arizona to Florida. This after all the parents had already paid. As you can imagine, parents were extremely angry learning that the team could not compete and they would not be getting refunds for the Florida trip. This resulted in our gym losing more than half our team. The members who stayed understood that we had no control over the choices made by other team members and that we did all we could to adjust choreography, but anyone who knows cheer knows that right before Worlds or any other major competition your choreography is set and there is close to no room for quitters. What do other coaches do to avoid having to cancel major competitions? Do other gyms prepare for members to quit? In the first 5 years of my coaching, we never had a team member quit, I just don't know what to do?
Don't Let That Get You Down!
Here's the truth. There are hundreds of athletes in the same situation as you. They didn't make their high school cheer or dance team. Now we know that doesn't make you feel that much better but you have to understand that there are many factors judges consider when putting together a team. Some of which you have no control over and may very well mean no matter what you did at tryouts, the chances of making the team were slim for you.
The important thing to do right now is not be upset. You did your best and for whatever reason it just wasn't the team for you this year. But your aspirations to be a cheerleader does not have to end at tryouts. Here in the San Jose Fremont Bay Area, and like most cities across the US, open their Allstars programs to athletes just like you.
Allstars dance and cheerleading programs are a great way to still follow your dream of being a cheerleader and dancer in high school. Typically athletes who did not make their school teams then join an Allstars team nearly always make the school team at their next tryouts.
The benefits of allstars is amazing. It is a great way to make new friends, be a part of a competitive cheerleading or dance team, improve your athletic skills all while having a great time.
Remember, no matter how good or bad you think you did at tryouts, you can't stress over why you didn't make the team. Now is the time to move forward towards your goal of dancing or cheerleading and join a local Bay Area All Stars program (or one in your local area).
I remember my first ever cheerleading tryouts. I didn't know what to expect. All I knew about cheerleading was what I saw on TV watching football and basketball games. In my school the cheerleaders and dancers were the popular girls, they could do no wrong. They always seemed happy and everyone seemed to loved them. Most importantly what I knew about cheerleading was that I LOVED IT.
Although popularity was not important to me, I was very shy and knew that cheerleading would force me out of my shyness. If I was in a group where I was expected to perform and smile all the time, I knew I would learn be happy and let my shyness go. This was the first reason I wanted to cheer, I hated being so shy I couldn't stand up in front of a class and give a speech, that I would never speak up when I knew the answer in class. When your a child, you don't know how to break this cycle of shyness. One thing I did know about me was, if I was in a sport and the coach had expectations that I would fulfill those expectations because I never wanted to let my coach down. Also, common sense - you can't be shy as a cheerleader.
Then there was the athletic part of cheerleading - the dancing, tumbling, stunting. I loved sports, I loved working hard and I super loved tumbling. As a kid I never took tumbling classes, so I use to record the Olympics (I remember the first time I recorded them I must have been around 7yrs old). I would watch gymnastics over and over again, play it in slow motion until I fully understood the technique they were using to execute the skills. Then I would go to school and talk to my friend who was a competitive gymnast and we would go in the grass and work on our tumbling skills every (and I mean EVERY) recess. First let me say - KIDS DON'T DO THIS, Its not safe to teach yourself how to do handsprings etc. I was very lucky that I never broke anything. But everyday I stretched, I would head out to the grass and work on my walkovers and handsprings. I can't tell you how many times I knocked the wind out of myself, feel on my neck, hurt my back. But I wanted it so bad, I wanted to be a tumbler and cheerleader, I would cry - get up and do it again.
Anyway, my first cheerleading tryouts. There was a 3 day workshop where we learned 2 cheers, 2 chants and a dance. Then we had to make up our own 1 minute cheer with dance (like a half time show performance). I was ten at the time and had zero cheer or formal dance training. Everything I learned I learned from tv and friends who were in tumbling or dance classes. Learning everything was easy for me, even 2 other girls that I didn't know asked me how I got everything so easily and asked me to help them make up their 1 minute routines too. I was honored that someone thought I was good. So of course I helped them, I like competition and didn't think it would be a big deal to help them. Tryout day arrives, I remember it was a Friday. I was excited not nervous. The called us out in groups of three to stand on the stage in front of our peers and the judges. I walked up ready to go. The first cheer was called out and I ...... FROZE... I don't know why, I thought I was ready and I just stood up there. By the time I started moving the cheer was pretty much over. It was down hill from there. I could not pull it together. Needless to say I did not make the team, I was devastated, I couldn't figure out what happened, even the other kids in the workshop knew I had a spot on the team. It was embarrassing and just horrible. It was my one and only time I tried out for a cheer team and didn't make it - I made sure of that!
After that, I enrolled in Youth Football Cheer. It was at my first game that I realized why I froze at tryouts. Although I was great in the workshop, I had still never really felt great about getting up in front of groups of people and performing. The shy bug took over me at those tryouts. Youth Cheer gave me the ability to get use to being front of crowds. After that, tryouts were a breeze, but this situation taught me a lot about tryouts.
The lesson in me not making the team, frames how RAW Cheerleading Tryout Classes are taught.
If you are trying out for cheerleading or dance teams at your school - tryout classes are a great way to prepare. But what makes RAW tryout classes different that other programs classes?
1. Each athletes is asked what team they are trying out for. Our coaches then contact the school, watch videos of the current teams and get the requirements the coaches are looking for in the selection process. We get to know the schools team, so that we know we are teaching you the skills those coaches are looking for in an athlete.
2. Your training is personalized to the type of team you plan on trying out for - school or allstars.
3. We teach like a cheerleading workshop. Each session you are taught 2 or more different routines/chants/dancers, etc. We work on tumbling skills, execution, everything that is important at tryouts.
4. Recoveries - everyone makes mistakes and rarely are athletes taught how to recover and still make the team. We include recoveries as part of the training sessions.
5. Athletes will perform in front of a group of their peers. We invite our Allstars athletes, our after-school program kids into the gym to observe at least 3 mock tryouts. We have at least 2 judges (sometimes even the coach from the team your trying out for) and they provide feedback on what skills look great and what needs to be worked on before tryouts.
RAW Cheerleading Tryout classes are not cookie cutter classes. This is why we have a 99% success rate. Out of 182 athletes who have taken our 12 session tryout class only 1 (one) person did not make their team. This is why we believe our program works, this is why you should contact us today firstname.lastname@example.org
RAW Elite Allstars enjoying a fun day in Hawaii. They work hard so we make sure they get to play hard too! So proud of these kids!
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Today's new skills hit were!
Jessica hit here Round Off, Back Handsprings, Back Tucks!
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