Coaches often ask me 2 questions, what they should work on and what wins. I assume this is because I judge a lot of cheerleading, have judged for a long time, and watch even more cheerleading when not judging, giving me a pretty wide and long term view of what works. The short version of my answer is Execution.
In my opinion, executing cleanly and preparing in a way that allows your teams to execute cleanly, is the best thing you can do for a couple reasons. A team that executes cleanly has worked on the skill enough to move past the larger picture of just hitting the skill toward the finer details of exactly how the skill is being hit. This requires the group, coach included, to be confident the skill will hit and this confidence will show on the floor. Plus, once you get to the point that normal is hitting a clean routine, a bad day becomes having a couple bobbles. If normal isn’t having a clean routine, a bad day becomes falls and collapses.
Finally, I’m going to draw the unscientific conclusion that skills and routines that are executed cleanly and have fewer falls and collapses lead to fewer injuries. Fewer injuries are not only good for the athletes, but also the coaches that don’t have to replace the athletes in the routine, the programs that don’t have to explain the injury to the parents, and the industry for not making the news due to injuries, all wins in my book.
Entrepreneur published 6 Things I Wish Somebody Had Told Me When I Started My Small Business, giving advice to new business owners.
Running your own business is one of the most exciting, and challenging, adventures you will embark upon. Take care of yourself as you set the tone and culture of your growing business. Protect yourself to ensure the business will survive the ups and downs. Running your business can be fun with a little bit of planning and with processes to make things run smoothly. Take time to set it up right so you can get back to doing what you love. I’m cheering for you!
The JAG Gym Blog published 15 Tips to Eliminate Parent Complaints Forever, providing ways to minimize friction.
Ok, it maybe Pollyannaish to think that complaints can be eliminated forever, but follow these 15 tips and they certainly will be reduced!
Heart of Cheer published Open Letter to a New Cheer Parent, providing advice to parents beginning the cheerleading journey.
We call ourselves “The Cheer Family.” You can’t miss us. We are crazy, loud, energetic, and usually wearing gym colors or merchandise. See that little girl who just got her handspring? Every person in the lobby will cheer for her and praise her as she leaves today. See that older child struggling? You will hear at least one of us give them some words of encouragement before they go home. We are the cheerleader’s cheerleader. You are now one of us. Welcome aboard!
Entrepreneur published 9 Ways to Manage Underperforming Employees, giving advice regarding employees that aren’t pulling their weight.
Astute business managers recognize that employee behavior is not the sole responsibility of the individual staffer, but rather something that both parties need to work on together.
Entrepreneur published 50 Tips for Starting Your Own Company, providing things to consider when thinking about starting a business.
Not everyone has what it takes to start a company. That’s not to say that your idea is not brilliant. It just means that you may not have the personality traits to handle launching a company of your own.
Business Insider published What 12 Super-Successful People Wish They Knew At 22.
Maybe you wish you could rewrite your past. Or perhaps you’re content with the decisions you made at that time in your life. Either way, there are probably a few things you wish you knew then that you know now.
Intuit’s Small Business Blog published Do You Have a Hobby or a Business?, touching on how the IRS determines how to classify the effort.
As far as the federal government is concerned, a hobby is not a profitable endeavor. If a potter spends all day crafting bowls and vases, gives most of the inventory away, and only occasionally sells a piece, then making ceramics is clearly a hobby. But if that same potter opens the studio to the public in the hopes that shoppers will pay fair market value for the handmade goods, the enterprise is a business. That’s because the artist intends to earn a profit on the sales of the bowls and vases.
Wired published Google’s Larry Page on Why Moon Shots Matter, discussing why he believes it’s important to have ambitious goals.
That’s why Page expects his employees to create products and services that are 10 times better than the competition. That means he isn’t satisfied with discovering a couple of hidden efficiencies or tweaking code to achieve modest gains. Thousand-percent improvement requires rethinking problems entirely, exploring the edges of what’s technically possible, and having a lot more fun in the process.
Inside Cheerleading published iC’s Top 10 Rules to a Great Practice!.
The key to achieving great cheerleading skills is working as a team to make the most of your practice time. Your team could practice seven days a week, but if the group isn’t maximizing this time together, then progress won’t be made! There are several simple things that teams can do to make practices more productive and efficient.