Competition season doesn’t end. We all know this. And, it’s no cakewalk for
anyone involved–be that the parents, the coaches, the judges, and especially,
the cheerleaders themselves! Coaching cheerleading means juggling a lot, and in
the depths of competition season, things can get out of whack quick. Coaches
traverse a tightrope for their teams, with their sanity swaying in the balance,
in efforts to accomplish everything that needs to be done in a timely manner.
From ordering, travel, finances, routines, scheduling, community events,
practices, and everything in between, we wanted to know what is the most
challenging part of coaching competitive cheer.
We asked in our January poll just that. Here’s what real competitive cheer
- Winning by a landslide, at 37%, is the fact that competitive cheer coaches
have to keep “thinking of new routines”. And, it’s not like the other teams
didn’t JUST SEE YOU perform your routine at the last competition; unique
cheerleading routines and motions are hard to come by, and even harder to
protect. Stealing is a big issue in cheerleading, so for the coaches that put
in the time and effort to think of creative new ways to present your team on
the mat, we commend you!
- Coming in at second place, at 19%, is the fact that competitive cheerleading
lands smack dab in the center of a coach’s life. Therefore, “juggling it with
my job/family” is a common woe for most cheer coaches. It’s hard to divide your
time in such a way that not all parties suffer: if you are spread too thin, you
are not really present for anyone–let alone yourself and your loved ones! Make
sure you take the time to cherish your relationships in the midst of any
competition season, if you have to schedule time with others like you do your
- Voted in at third most challenging competitive cheerleading aspect is the
fact that cheerleading isn’t cheap! Attending competitions means including a
large travel and accommodation bill to any cheer coach’s budget. So, getting
creative is key, and that’s probably why 18% of cheer coaches voted
“fundraising to keep the team afloat”.
- With all the ups come the downs, and sometimes, a competition just doesn’t
go your way in the slightest. 17% of voters know this all too well, and chose “dealing
with a loss” as the hardest part of the job description. Don’t worry, you’ll
get it next time!
- The least chosen answer was “traveling” at 9%. Traveling to some, especially
the some that still needs to fundraise, can really cause a headache. And, that’s
before you board a bus or plane alongside a team of young, nervous, excited,
sugared-up athletes. But, traveling isn’t all that bad… especially if your
destination is Disney World!
See the full results of the poll below, and don’t forget to vote in our
February poll that is now live on our blog homepage!
Did the results surprise you? Tell us