Tryout Season

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It’s that time of year again. The time of year when sporting goods stores sell out of black Nike running shorts and white tank tops. When tumbling coaches get flooded with emails and phone calls about last minute private lessons to prepare for school tryouts. Oh what a season, the tension is high for both daughter and mom, one would think that ones entire life is hanging in the balance. School cheerleading tryouts can be one of the most stressful events in a young girl’s life (let’s be honest, very few guys don’t make the team).  Continue reading

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Reflections from Cheersport ATL

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I looked out of my 4th floor window to see the sun rising behind the downtown Atlanta skyline. My heart was beating and the feeling in my stomach wasn’t just the early morning hunger and lack of coffee, but on this particular morning I was embarking on the biggest journey yet as a cheer coach. With a hot cup of coffee, sausage egg and cheese croissant digesting, I entered into the World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta for Cheersport Nationals. Greeted by smell of fresh aerosol hairspray and nearly blinded by the iridescence of rhinestone uniforms I walked into what will become one of the most important events in my history as a coach. Continue reading

Patterns

I was doing a private lesson recently with an athlete who has struggled with fear off and on for the past two years. This specific athlete has overcome some physical restrictions that even I thought would probably not be overcome. This fear that plagues her has caused both of us an array of different emotions through the past couple of years. We have celebrated victory and mourned defeat, and it seams like both of these events has happened multiple times over the years. During this private we had an open heart to heart where she expressed her frustrations. These frustrations that have even caused her to consider quitting the one thing that she loves most of all. As she and I spoke I began to hear a lot of my same frustrations with life in general over the years. So I came up with a couple of takeaways that I hoped sharing here would be of benefit to others. Continue reading

Success Motivation: Focus and Perseverance

Every journey is going to be littered with distractions and adversities. I can’t think of one story of a great expedition that wasn’t plagued with obstacles that could have proven detrimental to the journey. In fact, the reason why we know of certain stories and don’t know of others is because the ones we never hear about are the ones who didn’t succeed. Well I know that’s obvious, but what i mean is that there are so many journeys that could have ended in greatness, but the person on that journey allowed either distraction or difficulty to stop the journey. Often times in fictional stories the character on a journey runs into those who have started it but didn’t finish it for one reason or another. They stopped half way and built a house in a little town where they met someone or started another task, never to return to the journey. Maybe they met adversity, and instead of continuing the fight or finding the solution they stopped in their tracks and went no further, too embarrassed to return having failed.  Continue reading

Post Comp Reflections: All work…

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I’m sure you’ve heard the old proverb: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” If so, then you know the meaning behind it too.

Working hard all of the time and not enjoying life (playing) makes you dull and boring.

I can remember my time at seminary where there was a large majority of people who (maybe myself included at times) took themselves waaaaaay too seriously. To me, these people were hard to hang around, talk with, and honestly even share the same space. The thing is, when people are put into possessions of leadership, a sense of responsibility and seriousness tends to come with the territory.  Continue reading

Team Dynamic

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For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, [f]according to the proportion of his faith; if [g]service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with [h]liberality; he who [i]leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

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A change of approach

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Yesterday, a friend of mine and I had a great discussion from Romans 12. This conversation lead me to start to study and work towards applying the scripture to my life. As a cheerleading coach I felt the application worked wonderfully. I know that Paul wasn’t talking about all-star cheerleading, but I couldn’t help and see how well it fit within our community. I guess that’s how God works. What I would like to do is break chapter 12 of Romans into 4 parts. I will focus one blog on each part and apply the scripture both to the coach and to the athlete. I feel like this is going to help me, and hope that someone might get some encouragement from it as well.  Continue reading

Coaching: Choose Your Words Wisely

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Each week at our last practice of the week I take about 10-15 minutes of the end of practice and tell the teams a story. Usually I make it up based on a biblical teaching that had resonated with me earlier in the week. I guess you can call them parables. Sometimes I just take a story directly from the bible and instead of reading it to them I just kind of narrate it to them from memory. Today I did just that and the lesson hit me right between the eyes. Continue reading

“What Good Could Possibly Come From This?”

If you are a Christian then you have probably heard someone tell you, “Everything will work out for His good purpose,” during times of trial and difficulty. If you’re like me then you have said it to yourself during those times as well. Again, if your like me, you have probably even said it to someone else to ease their pain, or at least try to. Let’s be honest, most of the time it really doesn’t work. Not to take away from the true biblical principal that this statement represents, in fact pretty much verbatim from the scriptures (Romans 8), the truth is that most of us don’t really understand it. We say it  a lot and hope that it will one day manifest itself to be true in our faith journey but if we really wanted to be honest with ourselves we would admit to questions this fact.  Continue reading