communication training

Have a Crazy Parent? I have a solution for you!

The most common phrase I hear from other coaches is something along the lines of, “I love coaching; I just hate the parents.” And yet, as a youth coach, parents are a big part of our job. So in order to keep your sanity, I hope you understand…
breath training

Breath Training: The One Minute 4 Step Solution to Choking Under Pressure

It’s every coach’s nightmare… You’ve been cleaning your routine for months. Spent hours in technique or tumbling classes. Drilled your skills over and over again, and in practice the routine is flawless. You’re ready. The team is READY!…
deliberate practice

How to Coach for Monumental Success: Challenge them with deliberate practice

Where does talent come from? Is it innate or is it from hours and hours of practice? Picture the dancer who is the most skilled performer you have ever seen… how did she get there? I believe it’s a combination of talent and effort. But…
Developing Leadership Skills

Developing Leadership Skills: How to Prepare your Captain to Become an Influential Leader

Choosing a captain is one of the first and sometimes more difficult decisions you make at the beginning of the season. But once the appointment is made, your work has just begun. The process of developing leadership skills in your captains is…
what are the leadership qualities

The 3 Most Important Leadership Qualities to Look for in a Captain

One of the FIRST decisions a coach will make at the beginning of the season is appointing the captain of the team. For many teams, this is somewhat of an automatic decision. It’s the seniors on the team, or the most talented dancer, or the…
dance team tryouts

Behind the Scenes of Dance Team Tryouts

I have a love-hate relationship with dance team tryouts. The one day a year that you have to make a final decision on a new team. It always brings excitement, stress, inspiration, and complete dread. I can see the stress on the dancer’s faces,…
Mental blocks

Mental Toughness Training: Why Do Athletes Get Mental Blocks?

Athletes need mental toughness training just as much as they need physical training. I don’t think that’s a shock to many coaches anymore, it’s a given. The best teams are not necessarily the most talented athletes. They have mastered…
Teaching responsibility

Learn What Happens When You Teach Accountability

I believe one of the biggest challenges facing coaches today is fostering accountability on a team. What's more upsetting to me though, is that it wasn't nearly as much of a problem 15-20 years ago. While accountability on the team used to…
Goal Setting

How to Crush Your Goal Setting this Season for Massive Growth

Goal setting is a seemingly simple thing that can actually be incredibly challenging. Sitting down with your team with a goal setting workbook at the beginning of the season is a great start, but it isn’t enough. There is a lot of research…
Competition Day

The #1 BEST Advice to Skyrocket Your Team's Competitive Mindset

,
As dance and cheer coaches, competition day presents unique challenges.  We spend countless hours, days, weeks, and months preparing for 2 – 2:30 minutes on the floor. That’s all we get. There is no best of 7, next quarter, or 2nd half…