If you’re a new coach, need a quick refresher, or looking to take your program to the next level – the Varsity Spirit Coaches’ Spirit Kit is filled with tools and resources to help YOU. We hope that it can serve as a program framework as you embark on your upcoming season.
Setting program goals is the most important part of the planning process. Developed correctly, your program goals should influence your planning process. Below are some questions to guide you through the goal-setting process.
Once you have brainstormed the answers to the questions above, create a statement or list articulating your goals for the program. Use these goals as the foundation for the remainder of your program planning. Determining your personal goals and intentions as a coach will also help to influence your decisions made as a coach. Go back to these when you may be struggling with some of the more challenging aspects of coaching.
Having guidelines and expectations outlined for your team in a handbook or constitution format can make your job as a coach much easier. When expectations and rules are laid out for your athletes to follow there is no question about why things are done a certain way. It is important to have these expectations completed for dancers to read over either as soon as they are named a team member or prior to the start of tryouts.
Topics to include in your constitution:
Communication with your administration is crucial to the success of a new coach and an effective program. There are a few key individuals you need to communicate with to find program success.
Importance of a Spirit Program
Tryouts are the kick start to your season! There are many different ways to conduct this process. Below are some helpful action items to help you layout the process that will work best for you.
Parent Meeting Checklist
Try Out Reminders
Contact your State Director to request a Tryout Kit and to help you with all of your tryout needs!
Once you have mapped out year-long plans for your team, you will be in a position to create a projected yearly budget. Estimate the amount of money each item will cost, and always round up. Make a timeline for when the funds will be needed, so that when you plan your fundraising activities, you can match them to the due dates. Conducting fundraisers that meet projected expenses are imperative in order to pay for your budgeted items. If a fundraiser falls short of your expectations, be sure that you have prioritized your expenses and can make cuts.
Budgeting and Fundraising Considerations
Learn more about Varsity Spirit’s fundraising partners and how your team can get involved HERE!
Practice is where good teams turn into great teams. A well-managed practice ensures you are getting the most out of the time you have with your athletes To help make practices as effective as possible we have provided a few suggestions below.
The amount of practice time needed will depend on several factors:
A productive practice should include:
Camp is the kick start of your season! Varsity Spirit branded camps provide an environment for your athletes to learn and grow, while you are able to gain certifications for the season. At camp your squad will bond, connect with other squads, learn new material, improve technique, strengthen memorization skills and prepare for the upcoming season! When selecting a summer camp consider your budget, ideal dates, preferred location and curriculum offered. You will be able to search and choose a camp tailored for your squad’s needs. In general, each camp brand offers the following camp types.
Preparing for a competition can be stressful and strenuous, but with proper knowledge and guidance, competing can be fulfilling and incredibly rewarding for you and your team. Once you have mapped out your competition plan, include it in your team constitution.
Spirit teams do more than just perform at games and competitions, they are also spirit leaders on campus and in the community. Collaborate with the cheerleading/dance team contact to make sure that each team is doing what they can to keep the school full of spirit. Keep in mind some of the following ideas to help raise spirit around your school and community.
School Decorations and Signs: Keep the student body involved with signs and decorations posted around the school. Not only does this inform students about dates, times, and locations of events but it also gives the school a more spirited feeling! Always check with your administration before hanging anything throughout the school.
Pep Rallies: Pep Rallies are a great chance to get the students involved with your team and the athletic teams. Many teams perform upbeat and fun routines at pep rallies that get the crowd pumped up and excited for upcoming games or events. At many schools, the cheerleading team is in charge of organizing the pep rally so it is important to collaborate with them or offer to help with planning and preparation. Some schools even incorporate games during the rally to involve all students.
Community Involvement: If possible, get your team involved in the community whether it be volunteering or marching in parades. Take advantage of these opportunities to create school spirit in the community to help build a positive reputation for your school and team’s program.
Coaches juggle many things — managing a team, training athletes on skills, creating and teaching choreography, knowing what to do in the event of an injury and communicating with parents. Now, thanks to technology, coaches can manage all that from their smartphone or tablet. Check out these recommendations for the best mobile apps for coaches.
Apps to Download:
Varsity University, an enterprise powered by Varsity Brands, offers comprehensive educational programming to schools and athletic programs worldwide. Through a combination of specialized online courses and in-person seminars, Varsity University provides the resources necessary for educators, coaches and gym owners to enhance the student experience. Click HERE to get started!
Varsity Spirit’s commitment to the health and well-being of young people is embedded in our high-quality educational curriculum and our leading role in the establishment of instructional safety standards. We also believe in encouraging cheerleaders and dancers to be leaders on and off the field by getting involved and giving back to their communities. Below are ways YOUR team can get involved!
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