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assistant coach

The Most Important Conversation You Need To Have With Your Assistant Coach

Are you lucky enough to have an assistant coach? Maybe you are an assistant coach who is eager to help the team.  Or maybe you’re like me, for a long time I was a head coach doing everything alone and wishing for some help!  I…

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

President Theodore Roosevelt said it best: comparison is the thief of joy. What truly brings you JOY when you coach? Take a minute and think about that. For me, it's seeing the “lightbulb” moments in my dancers' faces. Like when…
Balance

The Shame of Failing at Work-Life​ Balance

Work-life balance is a myth. Yet there are so many podcasts and books out there about how to balance work and life so that you never feel overwhelmed or guilty. It’s impossible. But not because it’s impossible to balance, but…
risk

When You Feel Scared to Take a Risk...

After 6 years of coaching alone, I was ready to take a risk. I was ready to hire someone to join my community as a JV coach.  And I was scared. I was scared to bring someone into the world I had worked so hard to build. I worried…
Coaching tools

10 Essential Off-Season Tasks That Will Make Your Next Year Better

Any veteran coach will tell you, offseason is never really “off”. There is a lot to do, and our years usually blend together.  Check out this straightforward checklist of Coaching Tools to use during your off-season and accomplish…

10 Ideas To Include In Your End-Of-The-Year Banquet

At the end of the season, many teams have the tradition of celebrating with an end-of-the-year banquet. For me, it was one of my favorite nights of the year. After all, we know that our season is essentially 365 days a year and there often…

5 Lessons That Will Change The Way You Think About Dance Team National Championships

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the privilege to travel to two different dance team national championships, both as a spectator and a judge. It was a whirlwind of travel and allowed me to have a great time with some of my friends from all…
leadership books

Inspire the Exhausted Coach Inside You

3 Leadership Books for Dance Coaches I believe that all of us want to grow. In our hearts, we know there is more out there. There is more we can be. There is more we can give. And there is more we can do. Personally, leadership books are…
project planning tool

Discover the #1 Project Planning Tool That Will Change Your Life

Ordering uniforms, preparing for camp, choosing competition music and costumes… the beginning of the season is a whirlwind of to-do lists. If you’re not careful, you can spend the first month of your season completely swamped and overwhelmed,…

10 Ways to Make Sure Your First Year as a Dance Coach is a Success

After over a decade of coaching, I finally sat down to think about the coaching mistakes I made over the years and how I would have done things differently if I started over.  Now I wouldn't consider my first year a failure or a resounding…