Archive for November, 2009

Preparing for Season

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

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!