Here is a question that we receive A LOT from cheerleading coaches:
Q: Help! I am a new coach and I need some help in motivating my cheerleaders during practice and to get them to take it seriously.
A: This is a concern for EVERY Coach as you are not alone if you find yourself looking at your team half way through practice and asking them to pay attention, stop talking or to get back in formation – lol! Here are some ideas to help get your girls motivated and interested in your practice:
- Set Season and Daily Goals for your season and have your team set them with you. At the beginning of practice, remind your team of the season goals that THEY set and then set goals for that practice to help them stay focused on your outcome. Athletes generally perform better if they know what they are working toward.
- Give REWARDS!!!! At the beginning of practice, give your team a reward if they accomplish __________________ during your practice. Here are reward examples:
- Everyone will receive a piece of candy if you get through your new chant with stunts.
- Your next practice will have a fun theme.
- Play a game or do a fun team building activity.
- Give out a “Spirit Stick” or team Mascot Stuffed Animal to take home to the most outstanding cheerleader that day.
For more tips, check out the rest of this article on CheerleadingCoachingCenter.com