Coaching is a tough job to do, probably one of the most challenging jobs in the world. It doesn’t mean that just because you simply have to teach girls how to dance and cartwheel, your job is not worthy, interesting, and even a little fearful. Lakeland cheerleading is a challenging job because the lives, the self-confidence and self-esteem, and sometimes, even the futures, of these young girls are all on your hands.
Meeting your new team
So, you’re new in town and just landed the head coaching job of Lakeland cheerleading team. You don’t know anyone there and the team has been together for quite some time. You can be intimidating or you can be extra accommodating. It’s all about first impressions, really. You have to somehow set the tone and the rest of the squad will follow suit.
Cheerleaders being sick
Aside from the fact that you worry about these girls’ health and safety, you may also feel a little pressure if a cheerleader gets ill days before a competition. As much as you want to focus on getting that girl healthy, you know that you’re facing a difficult task of performing without her.
Practicing before competition
It’s sickening to the stomach to think about all the things you need to accomplish the day before a cheerleading competition. Can you imagine that? Coaches need to take care of everything. Did the girls do the full routine perfectly? Are they all healthy? Do you have a transportation ready the next day? Are the accessories complete? There are so many things you have to think about that it’s sometimes easy to just break down and cry.
Failing a stunt
This is the most dreadful thing that can happen to a cheerleading competition. Even though you’ve perfected that stunt so many times in the past months, things just happen and you may end up being out there on the front looking at your team fail a stunt. You can just imagine the look of horror on the audience’s and the judges’ faces.
Losing a competition
It’s not just losing a contest, it’s failing to prove yourself as a coach. Your cheerleaders will feel the same—they will feel that all the hardword and dedication they gave the past months were not enough to win. They may end up discouraged and disillusioned. This is where your biggest challenge as a coach comes in. You have to let these cheerleaders understand that losing is as part of winning.