We are so very excited for our Idaho Coaches of Dance and Cheer 2016 Coaches Conference. Here are our final details for next weeks event.
If you haven't registered, it is not to late. Please visit our website.
http://idahodanceandcheer.com/ index.php?componentName=Links& scid=89501
Proactive Coaching with Mike Morgan presenting:
"Life Lessons, Impact of Trust and Power of Words"
Choosing Music with C-Baz
Hip Hop with C-Baz
IHSAA with Julie Hammons and Lisa Hahle
"Concussions" by ST. Lukes Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic
We are so excited for our 2016 Idaho State Cheer and Dance coaches conference at Capital High School.
On Monday, July 11th we will be beginning around 2:00 for those coaches wanting to gain a credit. (Everyone is welcome both days) That evening Diane Woolf will be there to give details on rules changes.
Tuesday, July 12th we will begin at 8:00am
Do you ever imagine that you are in the Olympics? As you wait for your turn to perform, you wonder how it will go. Will everything you’ve been working on pay off? Will your parents’ sacrifices be worth it? Personal and family pride is hinging on your performance. Not only that, your entire country is counting on you to stoke the fires of patriotism. Too bad your practice sessions haven’t been going well.
But, hey, no pressure!
Actually, that’s quite a lot of pressure. How on earth do athletes handle it when they’re in the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the World Series, or that big college game? How do coaches keep their players motivated and focused under stress?
Here are 8 brief motivational messages that superstar coaches tell their players and that players tell themselves. These messages are not for athletes only! You can use them to fulfil your business plan, finish a work or home project, make a contribution to your community, or persist with any creative project.
1. "Do it for love." Reminding yourself that you love your book project, your sport, or yourteam can be a powerful motivator. During the team competition at the 2014 Olympics, I overheard (via TV) coach Frank Carroll tell nervous 18-year-old U.S. skater Gracie Gold words to this effect as she glided onto the ice for her performance: “Think about how much you love skating!” Phil Jackson, the renowned NBA basketball coach, explains it like this in his book, Eleven Rings: Focus on something greater than yourself that you love and value, such as your sport or your team.
2. “Next play.”“Air ball, air ball.” This taunt means that a basketball player has totally missed the basket. Worse mistakes than this can occur during any game, however. The “next play” motto reminds players to leave their mistakes in the dust and focus on what they need to do in the coming moment. This philosophy, the mantra of Duke University basketball coach, Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski), prevents players from dwelling on misplays. It also keeps them from puffing up with an "I'm the greatest" attitude after an outstanding play and losing focus as a result. As described by LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, who has adopted the “next play” philosophy, it means this:
"(Coach K) yells out “next play,” because he doesn’t want the team lingering too long on what just took place. He doesn’t want them celebrating that incredible alley-oop dunk, and he doesn’t want them lamenting the fact that the opposing team just stole the ball and had a fast break that led to an easy layup. You can take a moment to reflect on what just happened, and you probably should, but you shouldn’t linger too long on it, and then move on to the next play."
3. "Aim for excellence, not perfection."This is a great motto for anyone whose perfectionistic tendencies prevent them from getting anything done. As reportedhere, Gracie Gold’s coach Frank Carroll emphasized that, “It’s not the perfect skater that wins, it’s the best skater.” Accepting failures and glitches in one’s program is simply part of the process.
4. "Why not you? Why not us?" Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had always yearned to be a professional football player, especially one who could lead his team to the Super Bowl. He always remembered his father’s question to him, “Why not you?” When he encouraged his Seahawks teammates, he transformed the saying into, “Why not us?” (The Seahawks did win the 2014 Super Bowl.)
I find that the saying, “Why not me?” is a useful question to ask myself when I am complaining that “somebody” should do “something” about the terrible problem of ___ (fill in the blank). I ask myself, “Why not me?” If I realize I don’t have the skills or time to make a contribution, then at least I stop complaining. But I also begin to think about whether I could do some little thing to help solve problem X.
5. “Create the best possible conditions for success, then let go of the outcome.” This statement is from Phil Jackson’s book, Eleven Rings. I’ve heard echoes of this statement in interviews by Olympians and other successful athletes. Once you’ve prepared mentally and physically for your game, then you are ready to do your best--and your best is the best you can do.
6. "Cultivate a learning mindset instead of a fixed mindset." Many young athletes believe that it's talent that counts—“You either have it or you don’t.” As a result, they don’t put in the hard work needed to overcome deficiencies, hone a skill to excellence, or develop the mental strength and flexibility to bounce back from failure (and success). To encourage a growth mindset in others, reward effort rather than talent and reframe failure as an opportunity to learn. To open your own mind to constructive feedback, heed the counsel of Carol Dweck, author of Mindset: “...Find success in learning and improving, not just winning.”
7. "Use setbacks as motivation." So you had a bad day. A bad year. Can you use your failures as a springboard to success? If you read the sports page, you’ll find that almost every sports team uses a significant loss to motivate themselves to improve in the coming year.
8. "Keep your self-talk encouraging." When skater Gracie Gold started her short program with a shaky jump at the 2014 Olympics, she told herself, ““I’ve come too far not to land this stupid double axel....I’m going to land it with a smile.” Positive self-talk must be geared to your own mentality (I'm not sure the word "stupid" would have been helpful to some people), but here are some realistic mantras to use: “I’ve done it before; I can do it again.” “I’m going to trust myself.” “Whatever happens, I’ll do my best.” Gold's self-talk helped keep her in medal contention. In the long program, she couldn't hold on to one jump, but completed the rest of her program with distinction. As she left the ice, Coach Carroll said, "Good job, honey. I liked the way you kept it going." (Gold came in fourth, just short of the podium, but she earned a bronze medal in the team event.)
5 Keys to Motivating Your Athletes (Part I)
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
No doubt there are many ways to "motivate" and inspire others. In contrast, it may be argued that one person cannot motivate another, but only creates an environment that promotes one to motivate him/herself. In short, to motivate anyone can be difficult, dynamic, and frustrating. To be effective, motivating others takes insight (a plan) and patience (time).
There are generally three broad categories for which motivation strategies fall: fear, incentives, and/or purpose. Fear and incentives are often short-term "motivators", whereas providing purpose (or meaning) is more long-term.
1. Motivation Through Fear
First, instilling fear in others is simple (and it can quickly motivate some people) but over time, fear can easily breed resentment and disloyalty. The athlete who is motivated by fear is likely not so much trying to achieve something as they are trying to avoid something (e.g., losing a position or making a mistake). This athlete generally becomes focused on what not to do, rather than what to do. In time, this can become stressful and lead to a strong sense of resentment and/or disloyalty toward the one instilling the fear.
2. Motivation Through Incentives
Incentives too can be effective for the short-term. Dangling the "carrot" (e.g., playing time, money, trophies, etc.) is a strong motivator for many athletes but these extrinsic means generally last for only a short time before the "incentives" need increased or made more appealing. The less appealing the incentive, the less motivation one will generally show.
3. Motivation Through Purpose
Finally, developing a strong sense of purpose is most effective for promoting long-term motivation. Creating a sense of purpose and/or meaning is about changing the way athletes think about their roles, their reasons for coming to practice, their influence on teammates, their membership on the team, and their reasons for playing and competing. Providing purpose and meaning is about creating an environment that is conducive to personal growth and encouraging athletes to motivate themselves, as well as inspire their teammates. Developing purpose and meaning takes more time and energy (investment) but it can lead to that long-term motivation for which most coaches are striving.
5 Keys to Motivating Your Athletes
Below are five important considerations as you go about developing a plan for motivating your athletes, your team, and your support staff.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader."