As we discussed last week, I gave examples of how an athlete can become the best Lakeland cheerleader they can become from a coaches perspective. Though some of the same points may overlap, I am giving to give 3 key points from my perspective as a cheerleader based on my experience in cheering at the collegiate level.
1. Respect the coach- Not every athlete will like their coach or coaches. I can testify that there were times where I didn’t agree with my coaches or enjoyed what we were doing. Coaches aren’t there to be your friends, they are there to improve your skills whether it’s stunting, tumbling, conditioning, etc. It wasn’t until after I graduated that I realized the importance of respect. There is a reason they are the coach and they genuinely have your best interest in mind.
2. Practice, Practice, Practice- similar to being a gym rat, I acquired majority of my new skills by practicing outside our set times of being with the team. I stunted on the weekends, I went to open gyms at various all-star gyms in the area, and I kept my body in shape by hitting the gym or doing something physically active almost every day. The more you practice, the better of an athlete you become.
3. No drama- not only do coaches despise drama between their athletes, but it’s a huge distraction as an athlete. Drama never leads to anything positive therefore it’s best to keep to yourself and do what you need to do to help the team.
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