On the evening or Supporting Sunday and ahead of one of the busiest competitive couple of months I thought I’d lay out a few suggestions about how Coaches, Parents and Athletes can set a good example at competitions!
- Applaud teammates and other athletes who do well.
- Respect other teams and individuals.
- Respect the judges’ decisions.
- Applaud other team’s successes
- Be aggressive or abuse the opposition.
- Vocalise negativity or disappointment.
- Question the judges marks or decisions.
- Applaud a good performance, whether it’s your athlete or not.
- Give encouragement and positive feedback on the competition floor, especially between routines.
- Manage team and individual expectations.
- Manage your own club’s parents and athletes!
- Shout instructions during a performance, practice or warm up.
- Instruct athletes how to do their routine.
- Give negative reactions to a judge’s decision or mark.
- Applaud for all athletes, especially the ones who step back up after a fall- they’re the ones that need the most encouragement of all.
- Applaud all the team placings, not just your own teams success.
- Encourage your athletes to be pleased, whatever the result.
- Shout loudly and interfere with athletes’ performances.
- Instruct coaches, athletes or officials on what they should be doing – it’s not your job!
- Give negative reactions to the judges scores, accept their decision.
- Speak badly of other athletes regardless of your thoughts on their performance, if you’re supporting someone else, your opinion is biased and unwarranted.
Happy competing everyone! ~Bella 😉