Observations Before Diving Into Competition Season

It’s almost time to dive into competition season. This weekend is my last open weekend before 5 straight weekend of events, with 3 of them being outside the United States. Judging by the number of upcoming showcases on CheerLive’s Schedule, I’m not the only one about to dive into competition season, and the next several months flying by. Before you get too deep into the speed and fury of competition season, take a minute to make sure your athletes and teams are ready. Re-read the scoring systems and rules and examine your routine. Have other coaches you work with or know take a look at your routine and give feedback. They’ll notice adjustments that need to be made that you’re too invested in to change on your own.

You not only need to make sure your athletes and teams are ready, you also need to be sure you are. Some of the things I do to get ready for the busy season are double check my calendar, make sure I make time for my non-cheer priorities, and ensure I schedule some me time. I’m pretty calendar based and don’t like cancelling events so I need to be sure every event, cheer or not, I’ve confirmed or discussed is noted on my calendar so I don’t create conflicts. I’ll also block off some me and friend time to ensure I keep my sanity and my friends don’t think I’ve forgot about them for half the year. I also make sure I’m exercising and eating healthy at home because I don’t usually do either on the road. I’m sure what you do is different, but take a minute to ensure you’re ready to do whatever it is you need to do.

Media: WSU Cheerleading Brothers Also MMA Fighters

The Standard-Examiner published WSU Cheerleading Brothers Also MMA Fighters, regarding the Moroney brothers from Weber State University.

“I had no idea of the kind athleticism it takes,” said Don.  “I saw them in high school, but I didn’t know the potential, how hard it was, and how much of an athlete you have to be. Learning all of that in one year of cheer was intense.”

NCATA Welcomes Glenville State College

The NCATA website posted NCATA Welcomes Glenville State College, welcoming the West Virginia school.

Glenville State College President Peter B. Barr, Athletics Director Janet K. Bailey and National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association (NCATA) President Dr. Renee Baumgartner have announced the addition of Acrobatics & Tumbling as the College’s 13th varsity sport. In addition, Amber King has been named the program’s first head coach, announced by Glenville State Athletic Director Janet Bailey on Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Can Your Business Live Without You?

Entrepreneur published Can Your Business Live Without You?, discussing your business running without you, short term and long term.

Can you take a vacation without a laptop or tablet? If you answered no to this question then you might be facing one or two of the following scenarios:

Dynamic Duos – Are You Batman Or Robin?

John Greathouse published Dynamic Duos – Are You Batman Or Robin?, discussing the importance of having a partner, and the right partner, when starting a business.

Balance is one of the most important aspects of skiing. A solid foundation formed by two strong legs is key, especially at a competitive level. Balance is also an extremely important factor among a founding startup team.

Media: 6 Reasons Why Cheerleading Is a Real Sport

Mic published 6 Reasons Why Cheerleading Is a Real Sport, giving reasons for those not in agreement to reconsider.

Somehow we’re still talking about whether cheerleading is a sport or not. Many don’t seem convinced yet, including one federal appeals court which ruled in 2012 that colleges can’t claim that cheerleading fulfills Title IX requirements. From bros to the bench, there are more than enough skeptics, but 400,000 high school cheerleaders and counting would be happy to prove them wrong.