Coaching for a Pop Warner cheer team means that there's a chance of getting your team into national championships. As exciting as this is for you and your team members, it can be easy to get overly competitive. However, at young age levels, it's especially important to keep everything in perspective and not push kids too much.
Many psychologists believe that it's unhealthy for a child's life to be dominated by extracurricular activities. Although the parents and coaches who want them to achieve have good intentions, some say children miss out on developing strong family relationships and self-awareness when sports become their life [source: Elkins].
So, to help the participants to get the best out of their cheerleading experience, try to strike a balance between competition and just having fun. If they have fond memories of their time on the squad, they might pursue cheerleading in progressively more competitive leagues after their Pop Warner days are over.
- Elkins, David. "Are We Pushing Our Kids Too Hard?" Psychology Today. Jan. 1, 2003. (Oct. 15, 2010)http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200303/are-we-pushing-our-kids-too-hard
- Moroski, Lisa. National Cheer & Dance Commissioner. Personal Correspondence. Oct. 15, 2010.
- Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. Official Website. (Oct. 15, 2010)http://www.popwarner.com/pop.asp
- Russel, Gordon W. "Sport Science Secrets: From Myth to Facts." Trafford Publishing, 2001. (Oct. 15, 2010)http://books.google.com/books?id=Ln9Je1myIgcC
- Scholl, Trevor. Recruiting and Marketing Coordinator for Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. Personal Correspondence. Oct. 15, 2010.
- Wilson, Leslie. "The Ultimate Guide to Cheerleading." Random House, Inc., 2003.
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