This is the time of year that many kids and parents feel the stress of upcoming cheer tryouts. There are some things that you can do to help prepare your child for this stressful time in their life (and yours!)
1. Arrange for classes and private lessons now. A week before tryouts is too late - classes will be full and private lessons will be booked.
2. Avoid comparing your child to another. As parents, we do not know what the coaches are looking for in an athlete. Aptitude and attitude are both important, and many times a child with a great attitude who is coachable may be chosen for a spot over the child with ability but has a bad attitude.
3. Make sure your child has had a healthy snack and is hydrated. Have your child bring a water bottle if it is allowed.
4. After tryouts, let you child talk to you about the experience when they are ready to. Your job is to give them a hug and let them know you are proud. Now is not the time to ask "How did it go?" They will tell you if and when they are ready. This is hard to do and I know I was guilty of as a parent - can you hear me now Adam Trifiro?
5. Remember that if the outcome is not what your child was hoping for, there are always other opportunities for your child. Help them understand that because they did not make the squad they were hoping for this year, they can try again next year. Keep them enrolled in their tumbling class so they have the needed confidence and skills for next time. Let them try another sport - they may find they like it as well or better - check out our teams at the gym - we offer great team experiences right here at Hand 2 Hand!