Aside from teaching Jacksonville cheerleading members new techniques, as well as to get along with each other, coaches have other roles, too. Coaches need not only be present when there’s a cheerleading practice or when there’s a competition around the corner. They should be present in all aspects of the cheerleaders’ lives—from academic to emotional.
One of the things that good coaches should learn is to cultivate a respectful relationship with his/her team members. Many times, it’s not enough that they have a good professional relationship. Personal relationship is needed also to cultivate learning, sportsmanship, friendship, and above all, respect for everyone.
That is why many cheer parents see to it that they have met their daughters’ coaches before fully “letting them go.” They want to make sure that whoever this person is, who will stand as their daughter’s second mother or father, will actually care for their daughter’s well-being.
Push them academically
Once you see that your cheerleaders’ academic standings are slipping, it’s time to pull a stop to her participation in the team. Many times, coaches are the ones who allow cheerleaders to cut classes or focus on the team rather than on their studies. Although losing a member of a team is always challenging, what’s important is the coach’s discernment that academics should come first. It should remain as the priority of the cheerleader over the actual learning on the cheer mat.
Talk to them about life, love
As a cheerleading coach, what do you talk about with your team? If it’s only about the upcoming competition or some new stunt you’re working on as a group, then you’re doing all this coaching wrong. It’s also essential that the cheerleaders feel you are a part of their lives, too. They want to know that you care about their family life or even their love life. When you see cheerleaders suddenly feeling melancholy, you should ask them how you can be able to help them. You can give them an advice on how to handle these problems.
Be aware of the tell-tale signs of depression
Teenagers are susceptible to depression because of peer pressure and other emotional distress over school, family, friends, and love. As a coach, be wary about any tell-tale signs that will tell you there’s a deeper issue than what you see on the surface. If you think there’s an issue that needs to be addressed, seek help from her parents or even the school admin.