Positive Relationships Between Parents & Coaches

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As a teacher, I have always believed that when parents and teachers work together their child will grow and improve in many areas over the school year. I think the same applies to cheerleading as well. When parents help contribute to a positive partner ship with their child’s cheer coach they will help their child have the best possible experience.

There are a multitude of reasons why parents and coaches might disagree over the season. The most common reasons arise when parents get caught up in the drama between other parents, stress over what role their child will be contributing to the routine and even what team or level their child is placed on. It is extremely important to remember that cheerleading coaches have your child’s best interest in mind. Here are some tips that can help parents have a more positive relationship with their coach.

Recognize the commitment the coach has made:

Your child’s coach has spent hours in and out of the gym planning for the upcoming season. I can assure you that cheer coaches are not coaching your child for the pay. They truly love coaching and love watching each and every cheerleading grow over the year.

Support the entire team and gym:

Cheer on the other teams at your gym as well as your child’s teammates.

Point out the positive:

Many coaches only hear from the parents when they want to complain about something. If you like a part of the routine, let the coach know. Thank them for their time and commitment. A compliment goes a long way.

Be selective with what you say:

If a time comes when you do not agree with the coach’s decisions or actions, do not talk about how you feel in front of your child. When parents talk about their child’s coach in front of them, the child can feel torn between their parent and coach or then may feel a disconnect from their coach. Both outcomes can only hurt your child’s growth and experience on the team.

Do not “coach“ from the sidelines:

Whether you are at your child’s practices or at their games, remember that your job is not to coach them. Leave the coaching to the coaches. Their decisions on where you’re standing and what skills/stunts your child is doing was well thought out by the coaches. They know what is best for your child and what is best for the team.

Think and pause before you react:

Sometimes parents are quick to react when they are unhappy with a decision that the coach or gym has made. It is best to think about why you are upset and even wait on responding. Many times, things work out on their own or you may realize the reasoning behind the coach’s decision if more time is given.

Be your child’s biggest cheerleader:

Competitive sports can be stressful for kids. Point out the positive things your child is doing and leave the corrections to the coaches. Be there for your child and support them regardless of how he or she performs.

Cheerleading coaches want the best for your child, just as you do. Establishing a positive relationship with your child’s cheer coach will help your child (and you for that matter) have a wonderful season filled with success and growth.

Good luck this competition season!

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Jamie Micewski

Jamie is a proud, “Cheer Mom” residing in PA with her husband, son and daughter. She is also a 2nd grade teacher. Jamie spent 13 years of her childhood and teenage years cheering and feels it has helped her mold into the woman, mom, and teacher she is today. Her greatest gift is to watch her daughter embrace that very same sport through the world of All Star Cheerleading.

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