8 MUST DO'S BEFORE YOU START A CHEERLEADING TEAM
So you're thinking of starting a cheerleading squad? Below we have listed the 8 most important things you will need to organise and decide on to start-up your new squad.
1. GET QUALIFIED
Before thinking about starting a cheerleading squad, make sure you have somebody qualified to handle the coaching. This might mean finding a coach that you can hire to start off your season and that you can shadow, or getting yourself qualified. Be warned that cheerleading coaching qualifications are not yet regulated and have no minimum standard. This may mean that after taking some of the courses, you may have the qualification on paper, but not necessarily the knowledge to provide safe and effective coaching. Similarly, a qualification which permits you to coach cheerleaders to a certain skill level often does not cover the important psychology, coaching, developmental and learning principles which are VITAL to know if you want to build a robust and successful team. Learn how the "Body Before Skill" concept can really help to build better skills among the team.