Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful. We get so caught up on everyday routines
and stress that we tend to simply overlook everything that is in front of our
face. Coaching is rough. It’s just as easy, if not easier, to forget all the
amazing things. So, here’s a list of things that makes me thankful to be a
cheer coach, even if I don’t verbally say it all year-round.
1. The balance.
With all things in life, there is balance. You take the
good with the bad, the loud with the quiet. The crazy with the easygoing. Of
course, there is a negative side to coaching
. Do not let the bad overshadow the
good! While you focus on what is going wrong or the fact that your expectations
sometimes aren’t reality, take a look around you. Odds are, while you’re
sulking in depression, frustration and a cloud of stress, you are missing out
on some laughter. Missing out on the fact that although it wasn’t perfect, the
cheerleaders for once gave it everything that they had. Remember that balance,
and look for the beautiful in the ugly.
2. The parents.
Oh, parents. They all have that capability to push buttons
worse than the cheerleader’s themselves. We sometimes forget that they don’t
all the behind-the-scenes that goes into the sport. We also forget
that they are just human. Parents may make mistakes, not read things over and
sometimes nothing in this world could make you happy. Yet, through it all, they
are the reason you are here, doing what you (hopefully) love to do. They created
that life and are raising that athlete standing in front of you. They trust you
enough to teach their child everything we have to offer. Respect that. Parents
are the backbone of this sport.
3. The routine.
Gosh, I wish making this up was easy. To some, it just
flows. It’s just natural. To others, well, that’s what they make choreographers
for. Whether you teach it or have it taught, it falls on the coaches. Fixing
the little things, fixing that stunt that just doesn’t want to seem to stay up.
When the cheerleaders hit the mat, that routine is your baby out there–in every
sense of the word. It keeps you up all night, has you counting to eight so many
times you actually forget how to count past eight, and sometimes has you ready
to lay on a practice mat for all of eternity. (Come on, I am not the only
person who does this.) That same thing can leave you prouder than you have ever
felt. You taught that; you coached those athletes who are completely owning it;
you created what the judges loved
enough to leave smiley faces on your score
4. The competition. Sportsmanship
is a huge thing with me. Want to be the
best? You have to beat the best. Without friendly competition, you would never
EARN the places you receive. Be thankful for the other teams, even if they are not
so friendly. It’s an amazing example of everything you do not want to be, and
everything that you and your team are. Those who are not kind are more than likely
the reason that you are.
5. The fellow coaches.
Give thanks to coaches everywhere, whether they are
with your same organization or not. We, as coaches, can get wrapped up in the
cheer world. The title can sometimes send us on a power trip, and pride is
often a hard thing to swallow. Take a step away from that deadly sin and
realize additional input can never hurt you. Extra eyes can observe more than
just yours can. No one said you have to follow that input, but you should
definitely consider it. If they were willing to take time away from their life
to offer assistance it should not go unnoticed on your end. Those same people
will pick you up if you’re being stubborn and you fall, they will encourage you,
and honestly, fill your head up after you have done a great job.
6. The cheerleaders.
The pains that
they are, and the ones who have lazy days, and the ones who frustrate you when
you just don’t understand how they can’t do something that comes easy to you.
The only people in this world who can make a giant bow on the top of their head
look completely fierce are your cheerleaders. They may stress you out to the
ends of this earth, but at the end of the earth, you will find them cracking up
laughing. That laugh that can erase any horrible run-through. Cheers to the
group of girls who are lazy at practice
and then pull off a miracle when their time
comes that leaves your jaw on the floor. Cheerleaders, who don’t realize their
own strength and tell you that they ‘can’t’ do something. Those same ones who
finally stop resisting your every push, and in fact, do what they said they
can’t. Those athletes who smile when in tears, who push through the pain and
who make life so much brighter. They may drive you absolutely crazy, but you
know deep down, you wouldn’t want to imagine a moment without them.
There are so many things that you should be thankful for, these just skim the
surface.What are other things that make you thankful to be a cheer coach?
Share in the comments!