Cheerleading competitions are awesome and very stressful on everyone involved, while he has a good point, Here are a few ideas about how to keep your stress level down if you are a competitor, coach, or parent.
First, be prepared. The best way to fight the stress of competition is to have a routine that everyone on the floor has mastered and feels positive finishing. From stunts to tumbling passes, make certain that everyone’s timing is dead on perfect several run-throughs before you load the vans to head out to the contest. This means making certain practices depend, and everyone is present for every practice. No excuses. Even participants who may not feel the best can come in and watch and place so they are aware of any last minute alterations.
Second, make sure your squad is prepared with what they require. Make sure that they are loaded in the transportation the night before you have to leave.
Third, make sure competitors have everything they need for the uniforms they are wearing. Buy the jumbo-size slider bags (2.5 gallons). Neatly pack each complete uniform in a slider bag. Label the bags with each participants name with a permanent marker. If available, pack additional uniform pieces in various sizes as well. Keep all the uniforms together! Don’t give them to the participants until it’s time to get prepared!
Fourth, pack the make-up kits. Make sure that you’ve chosen a make-up colour scheme and eye pattern before you get to the competition. Don’t experiment when you’re at the venue! If your group uses hair pieces, include them at the rehearsal and package them up with the make-up kits. If not, ensure to plan accordingly for hair rollers or curling irons to the style that your squad is using and pack plenty of hairspray. Run the routine a few times through for parents and students. Some squads charge admittance as a fundraiser and invite the school and community. They may offer a spaghetti dinner or hot dog supper together with the entertainment. After the run-through, it is the perfect time to package the uniforms. Everyone is together, and it makes it so much easier.
Maintain two accordion folders with copies of the registration info. Give you to an assistant coach or trusted parent. Make certain that schedules, payment verification, and any other pertinent information to the contest are stored in the accordion folder.
It’s necessary to keep the parents sense as little stress as possible also. Their kids are performing in front of a lot of people. They have probably put plenty of money and time into cheerleading at this time. They want a good return and a happy kid when it’s all said and done. Make sure they have directions to the venue, a schedule for the events with their group (s) times and stages highlighted if possible, a set meeting place for before the competition and after the competition, a schedule of the awards ceremony, and a list of possible places to stay and eat if it’s an overnight competition. Many parents like to”reserve” together in regards to travel arrangements. Make sure they understand where the squad will be staying well in advance so that this is an option for them. Be sure that you keep the parents in the loop at all times about possible changes to programs or venues. You can set up a phone tree, but don’t count on that always functioning. Use email, text alerts, and Facebook notifications to alert parents to what’s happening with the event.
1. Routine has been successful at practice several times with no mistakes.
2. Each coach has a least two copies of their contest music.
3. All props are accounted for and packaged.
4. There are two folders with all registration information.
5. All uniforms are packed and labeled and transferred together.
6. All make-up kits are packed.
7. All parents have several ways to get them to keep them up to date with the schedules.
8. Room reservations (if needed ) are paid in advance and confirmation is in hand.
9. Departure time allows for delays, hair and make-up difficulties, and possibly a few run-throughs prior to the competition.
10. Participant waiver forms are in hand with insurance information. Many times these are shipped in sooner with the registration.
Some helpful hints for the multi-tasking coach:
3. Artist brushes work really well when applying eye make-up. The longer handles allow you to work without being right in the woman’s face.
4. Use hairpieces if the group can afford it. They are so much easier than trying to do hair for every competition.
5. Make-up is obviously the same for the women. Same colors and”designs” on the face or eyes.
6. Bring extra hair pins, additional hair ties, and extra safety pins!
7. Don’t become emotional in front of the squad prior to the contest. Do not freak out when someone drops a stunt at the practice time. Don’t begin crying or laughing hysterically (whichever may be your coping). Wait till they are off the competition floor. They’ll fell bad enough when it happens.
8. If you can afford it or the parents would like to help, have a little present for the kids when they’re done. Even if it’s only a keychain or a stuffed animal to help them commemorate their accomplishment of competing, it is going to mean a lot to them.
The more you are prepared, the stress you’re going to feel.