February came and brought some major events including both NCA and UCA High School Nationals, Cheersport, and the beginning of NCA All Star. USA Cheer also announced the 2020 National Team representative for Hip Hop (University of Nevada Las Vegas), Jazz (Brigham Young University), and Pom (University of Tennessee). How Cheerleading Evolved From One Man… Continue reading In Review – February 2020
When I started cheering, at least once I moved to the summer camp instructor and coaching side, “Perfection before progression” was a phrase I consistently heard. Although I heard it I don’t remember seeing it consistently on the competition floor. Fast forward about 20 years and I still hear coaches preaching it. I also feel… Continue reading Perfection Before Progression?
January came and brought significant events like UCA & UDA College Nationals, Majors, NDA All-Star Nationals, and JAMfest Cheer Super Nationals. UConn Cheerleading Returns To National Competition via UConn Today. REVIEW: ‘Cheer’ Shows How Grueling Cheerleading Can be & Plenty to ‘Cheer’: New Netflix Series Goes Behind the Scenes via Madison.com. ‘Cheer’ Is An Incisive Look… Continue reading In Review – January 2020
It’s time for another random idea. I’d like to see an event that already eliminates teams each round, like college nationals, which advances about half the teams, or Worlds, which advances 10 teams, give priority to teams that don’t drop. First guarantee advancement to any team without a fall. This means you and your fans… Continue reading Hit or Miss
Valorie Kondos Field presented Why Winning Doesn’t Always Equal Success as a TED Talk.
Welcome to 2020. Here’s some of the news to close out 2019. Kennesaw State Pays Former Cheerleader Tommia Dean $145K to Settle Anthem Lawsuit via ESPN. Netflix Orders College Cheerleading Docuseries From ‘Last Chance U’ Creator via Deadline. USA Cheer Announces 2020 US National Junior All Girl & Junior Coed Coaching Staffs and Regions via USA… Continue reading In Review – December 2019
Happy New Year! As one year ends and another begins many of us think of the changes we’re going to make to our lives. Sometimes it’s adding something and other times it’s removing something. For those of you in the cheer and dance community I’d like to suggest changing points of view. For the next… Continue reading Happy New Year
As a coach do you realize how significant your role can be in a child’s life? If you name the adults a child spends the most time with in a year the list will probably start with Mom & Dad, then move to their teacher. The person after that may very well be a coach.… Continue reading Know Your Role
This weekend is the busiest weekend of the year per USASF sanctioned events. Former Cheerleaders Warn of Concussion Risks in the Sport via Inside Edition. Cheering from Japan to Kentucky via The Trail Blazer. USA Cheer Recognized by Sports Destination Management via USA Cheer. Column: Male Cheerleaders, Take Off Your Clothes! via The Daily Tar… Continue reading In Review – November 2019
I spoke with some parents that were disappointed their daughter was removed from a team mid season. The team was the type of marquee team that could win any event they attended, including Worlds. Their daughter had been a member of the program for several years, finally making her dream team and deservedly so. The… Continue reading Long Live Loyalty
Here are your October articles as you enjoy your Halloween candy: Texas Cheerleader Saves Choking Toddler During Homecoming Parade via ABC News Former UC Berkeley Cheerleader Says She was Forced to Perform Despite Concussions via San Francisco Chronicle Men Return to Husker Cheer Squad, Add More Stunts, Tumbling via The Eagle. New Study Shows High… Continue reading In Review – October 2019
Here are some more random ideas I’ve had. I don’t anticipate any getting implemented, but think they’d be interesting to try. Benefit of the Doubt I’d like to try not giving teams the benefit of the doubt about what skills were performed. Instead of a team with 5 groups performing 2 true double ups, 2… Continue reading More Random Ideas