Preparing for Season

November 2nd, 2009 by maryleetracy

Most of us are about 8-10 weeks out of competition season, wondering if we are on track and doing everything possible to be prepared for season… Here is a checklist I use to make sure there are no holes!

-skill selection finalized and start values on paper for coach and athlete, review them and then have a judge double check.
-hold verification to begin to check readiness, make everyone aware of where things stand, and begin the mental toughness training for competition.
-get any reworks for choreography scheduled.
-meet schedule should be finalized and communicated to athletes, parents, office and website.
-all attire finalized and ordered, athlete, coaches and spirit wear for parents
-athletes accounts with booster club updated and balances checked
-Mental Choreography for all 4 events on paper.
-visual training of excellence and readiness – show impressive routines for stimulation.
-plan for meet warm up, begin putting it into daily training at least a couple days per week.
-pre-season evaluation for all athletes to keep parents updated so there are no total surprises when it is time to go.
-all meet registrations, flights and hotels should be in the process.
-sports psych education in place to prepare your athletes and individuals and members of a team, “what do we want to stand for this season?”

Good Luck to everyone as you prepare for your upcoming season!


Circuit Training 2009 – Mary Lee Tracy

October 13th, 2009 by tom

Here is Mary Lee Tracy’s powerpoint presentation on Circuit Training.

If you are interested in the video that was made for this presentation you can get it here.

World Selection Camp- Observation on Preparation

October 6th, 2009 by maryleetracy

Selection Camps are always such a great opportunity to learn more!! Watching some of the best coaches in the country prepare their athletes is very exciting and educational.
One thing I can say is the best thing for your athletes is to remain calm in all situations, take the emotion out of the challenging moments and they will too. I saw plenty of athletes hit obstacles in training and warm ups and hit in the competition… how? Preparation of course, but in the moment keeping your head on helps the athlete keep theirs on. Small corrections and a bit of TLC goes a long way.
Good Luck to our USA team, they are looking very prepared!