Cheerleading competitions are superior and actually aggravating on everybody concerned. Listed here are some concepts about the way to preserve your stress degree down whether or not you’re a competitor, coach, or father or mother.
First, be ready. The easiest way to fight the stress of competitors is to have a routine that everybody on the ground has mastered and feels assured finishing. From stunts to tumbling passes, guarantee that everybody’s timing is lifeless on excellent a number of run-throughs earlier than you load the vans to move out to the competitors. This implies ensuring that practices depend, and everyone seems to be current for each apply. No excuses. Even contributors who won’t really feel the best can are available in and watch and spot in order that they’re conscious of any final minute modifications.
Second, make sure that your squad is ready with what they want. Does the routine require props (indicators, megaphones, poms, flags, and many others.)? Be certain they’re loaded within the transport the night time earlier than it’s important to go away.
Triple verify the whole lot!
Third, make sure that rivals have the whole lot they want for the uniforms they’re carrying. Purchase the jumbo-size slider luggage (2.5 gallons). Have contributors herald what they want (Footwear, midriff, shells, skirts, socks, hairbows, spankies). Neatly pack every full uniform in a slider bag. Label the baggage with every contributors identify with a everlasting marker. If accessible, pack further uniform items in several sizes as properly. Maintain the entire uniforms collectively! Do not give them to the contributors till it’s time to prepare!
Fourth, pack the make-up kits. Just be sure you have selected a make-up shade scheme and eye sample earlier than you get to the competitors. Do not experiment if you end up on the venue! Have a costume rehearsal one night time the week earlier than competitors. In case your squad makes use of hair items, embody them within the rehearsal and pack them up with the make-up kits. If not, be sure to plan accordingly for hair rollers or curling irons for the model that your squad is utilizing and pack loads of hairspray. Go full out with uniforms and make-up. Run the routine a couple of occasions by means of for folks and college students. Some squads cost admittance as a fundraiser and invite the varsity and neighborhood. They could provide a spaghetti dinner or sizzling canine supper together with the leisure. After the run-through, it is the proper time to pack the uniforms. Everyone seems to be collectively, and it makes it a lot simpler.
Maintain two accordion folders with copies of the registration info. Give one to an assistant coach or reliable father or mother. Guarantee that schedules, cost affirmation, and some other pertinent info to the competitors are saved within the accordion folder.
It is very important preserve the dad and mom feeling as little stress as potential as properly. Their children are performing in entrance of lots of people. They’ve in all probability put numerous money and time into cheerleading at this level. They need a very good return and a cheerful child when it is all mentioned and completed. Be certain they’ve instructions to the venue, a schedule for the occasions with their squad(s) occasions and levels highlighted if potential, a set assembly place for earlier than the competitors and after the competitors, a schedule of the awards ceremony, and a listing of potential locations to remain and eat whether it is an in a single day competitors. Many dad and mom wish to “e-book” collectively on the subject of journey preparations. Be certain they know the place the squad can be staying properly prematurely in order that that is an choice for them. Just be sure you preserve the dad and mom within the loop always about potential modifications to schedules or venues. You’ll be able to arrange a telephone tree, however do not depend on that all the time working. Use e-mail, textual content alerts, and Fb notifications to alert dad and mom to what’s going on with the occasion.
1. Routine has been profitable at apply a number of occasions with no errors.
2. Every coach has a least two copies of the competitors music.
3. All props are accounted for and packed.
4. There are two folders with all registration info.
5. All uniforms are packed and labeled and transferred collectively.
6. All make-up kits are packed.
7. All dad and mom have a number of methods to contact them to maintain them updated with the schedules.
8. Room reservations (if needed) are paid prematurely and affirmation is in hand.
9. Departure time permits for delays, hair and make-up points, and presumably a couple of run-throughs earlier than the competitors.
10. Participant waiver types are in hand with insurance coverage info. Many occasions these are despatched in earlier with the registration. Make a copy with you!
Some useful hints for the multi-tasking coach:
1. Use Vaseline on enamel to maintain lips from curling up and sticking. Humorous, nevertheless it works!
2. Use hairspray sprayed on the higher thigh and buttocks to maintain spankies from driving up throughout the routine.
3. Artist brushes work very well when making use of eye make-up. The longer handles permit you to work with out being proper within the lady’s face.
4. Use hairpieces if the squad can afford it. They’re a lot simpler than attempting to do hair for each competitors.
5. Make-up is all the time the identical for the women. Identical colours and “designs” on the eyes or face.
6. Convey further hair pins, further hair ties, and additional security pins!
7. Do not get emotional in entrance of the squad earlier than the competitors. Do not freak out when somebody drops a stunt within the apply time. Do not begin crying or laughing hysterically (whichever could also be your coping). Wait till they’re off the competitors flooring. If somebody makes a mistake, attempt to not dwell on it. They may fell unhealthy sufficient when it occurs.
8. If you happen to can afford it or the dad and mom want to assist, have a small present for the youngsters when they’re completed. Even when it is only a keychain or a stuffed animal to assist them commemorate their achievement of competing, it can imply so much to them.
The extra you’re ready, the stress you’re going to really feel. The much less stress you’re feeling, the much less stress the contributors will really feel!