Is that what your head is screaming right now? That routine you created just
isn’t working out how it should be, is it? The first thing you have to do is
breathe. Don’t throw that temper tantrum. You can cry on the way home or in the
shower, but that’s only because I believe in the power of a good cry. We have
all been there
and we will all be there again. It happens, but it is not the end
of the world. Give yourself the night to rest, and then go back to the drawing
board. What is it about the routine that isn’t working? How much time do you
have left before you compete? There are many things to consider here. After you
answer all the possible questions, try the following:
1. Ask for help.
Sometimes you just
need an outside perspective to make things click. Maybe a very simple change
could bring about a huge impact. Multiple eyes are better than just two. Swallow
the pride; if you don’t use the life preserver being thrown to you, you may
2. Look up ideas.
In this wonderful
world of technology,
ideas are at your fingertips. I do ask that you use this
tool just for ideas, not to steal routines. Put your own spin on everything you
see. Use this as a stepping-stone to recreate that sequence that just doesn’t
look like what you imagined it would.
3. Take a risk and ask the team.
do this often. One of two things happens: I love what they show me, or I take
pieces of it and add my own in. They will feel important and valued that you
want their input for their routine. After all, they are the ones performing it,
and may get more into it because they helped contribute in the creation of the
4. Don’t be afraid of change.
you scrap the entire routine and start from the beginning or just change out
stunt groups, formations or entire sequences. Some of the best things in life
came from someone not being afraid of change.
If you are going to change
something out, make sure your sequences before and after flow together. You
don’t want to change out a stunt group, and have two of the cheerleaders
running all the way across the mat to get to their next spot.
5. Look at past score sheets.
have competed already this season, you have an amazing guideline to go off of.
Pay attention to what the judges were looking for and incorporate that. Adjust
to what you need and the rest will fall into place.
As my cheer guru
always says, “remember,
.” Time and time again, I
sacrifice technique for something harder. It always hurts me in the end. It’s
not playing it safe if you win. This not only gives you extra time to figure
out creative entries or different motions, but it gives the cheerleaders time
to learn the correct way of doing things. We all want a routine that will blow
the judges and the crowd away. Just make sure you can blow them away without
sacrificing key points on that score sheet.
7. If all else fails, bring in a
Maybe you don’t have helpful people that you can call on to
diffuse the ticking time bomb inside of you. Choreographers
are there to do
what maybe you can’t do at that moment. It’s okay! If it takes one major stressor
away from you to have someone create your entire routine or just parts of it,
it’s a victory. If you’re an emotional mess, your cheerleaders are an emotional
mess and–my goodness–that is just too much mess to clean up alone.
8. Remember to have fun with it!
may cry or get stressed out, but it comes and it goes. It won’t be the last
time this happens to you. Breathe in, relax and work through it. Best of luck
to all the cheerleading teams competing this season!What fixed your routine? Tell us your coaching hacks in the comments!