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.
Do you ever feel like someone doesn’t really ‘know’ you? Or more specifically, that they only know a small piece of your personality? I recently had some nice stuff said about me, (I don’t wanna brag, but if you’ve just ‘got’ to know, maybe I’ll share it sometime…) When sharing this with someone pretty darned close to me, I got the aforementioned blog title as a response. Gee thanks. I’ll be honest and admit that I was kinda surprised at the reaction, and a little hurt.
Like I would ever play golf?
I know I’m patient, and some people see that, and yet other people who really should know me better apparently never see it. Maybe that’s a character flaw and I should work on being more patient with the people closest – people who I know and love. Speaking of character flaws (tangent alert, skip following paragraph if not interested)…
I was wondering how you all feel about criticism – the constructive sort. I know that psychologically speaking any form of criticism isn’t good for relationships and that people generally don’t react well to it, but I do feel as though I could help a less experienced coach if I’d give them some feedback – just one specific thing I noticed they don’t do which might help their ability to communicate with some of the children they work with on a daily basis…
I’d like to thank the following people who have inspired this post: