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Coach of 1996 Gold Medal Winning USA Gymnastics Team
Cheer ArticlesLeaving it at the Door: How to start practice in the right frame of mind, every time
By Alison Arnold, Ph.D. and Sara Robinson, M.A.
What does it mean to be "All In" at practice? It means you are 100% there, not just physically, but mentally, emotionally; you bring all of your energy and spirit to the day. A cheerleader who walks into practice “All In” is 100% present for yourself, your coaches, and your team. To be able to do that, you need to be able to leave all of the stress AND even excitement of your day, at the door.
As cheerleaders, you have very busy lives and often jump from one responsibility to the next which can make it hard to be 100% focused on the current situation like practice. Think about it- What takes you out of being present at practice? Both good and bad things can take you from “All In” to “Mostly In” or even “A Little In”- That boy you like asked you how your weekend was, you have a HUGE test tomorrow, you and your mom argued again over which homecoming dress was the "perfect" one. These things can take your head right out of the game, and when your head is out, that's when mistakes and injuries can happen. You and your squad can’t be at your best when heads are outside of the gym but bodies are on the floor. So, what can you do?
Personalize this routine and do it every day- add music, an important quote, or an image that’s meaningful. These steps should help to create a clear, confident mind that is ready to focus on practice. However, once you’re at practice if you find yourself going back into the stress of the day, do your routine during practice as well, to get you clear, confident and refocused.