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Discussion in 'Allstar Cheerleading' started by dat.jpp, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. dat.jpp

    dat.jpp Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    Like in some previous threads I have posted, I'm very interested in coaching.
    So today I had an interview with some coaches from a local gym about me starting to coach at there gym. They want me to be the head coach for there senior level 3 team. Coaches, do you have any tips on how you coach, especially a senior-aged team? Thank you!!

    *I have a little bit of coaching background, as I used to be a junior coach for a local recreational team.*

     
  2. oncecoolcoachnowmom

    oncecoolcoachnowmom Bestest Newbie '14

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    Don't come in like a wrecking ball. In HS world, everybody wants to come in swinging making all kinds of changes.

    Come in like a sponge. Soak up knowledge and learn from others and see what was done before you.

    Make relationships before you make changes and make them slowly.

    Also, respect from athletes comes with relationships. Not just having a title.
     
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  3. dat.jpp

    dat.jpp Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    This senior 3 team is a new team. Thank you for the tips!
     
  4. AshleyErin

    AshleyErin I named my pet Sir Fierce-a-lot Bracket Winner

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    What I've learned from coaching senior aged teams is very similar to @oncecoolcoachnowmom, you have to have a good relationship with the athletes in order for them to really take you seriously - but it's important to not become "buddy buddy". It's something I struggled with as a young coach of a senior team (I was 17 almost 18 when I started coaching my first senior team - a senior 3), because all of the kids saw me as a peer and not a coach. I took the "friendship" too far and the productivity of practices struggled because of it. Now almost a decade later i've learned i what kids need what type of coach, and can put on those different hats when talking to them or giving corrections.

    I'm sure you'll be awesome with this new role, from what you post on here you seem so passionate about cheer - and that's the best start for a coach, everything else can be learned! Good luck :)
     
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  5. dat.jpp

    dat.jpp Best Flyer.. on a parent team

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    Thank you for the tip! That's what I'm afraid of; I'm 19 and age out of the senior-age bracket this upcoming season. I'm afraid they are going to see me as a peer and not take me serious at first.