Monday, January 13, 2014


Two months ago, I decided to take a risk. Instead of taking my normal 20 girls on the squad, I decided to bump that up to 28. The other coaches thought I was nuts for taking on so many 7th & 8th graders, but at the time, my mindset was go big or go home

The risk didn't stop there. I completely overhauled my routine from the fall. Again the other coaches thought I was crazy. It was already a good routine, one that had already won me two first place trophies, but I knew it could be better. I knew that if I pushed, I could make it bigger & badder. My team had so much potential, I just needed to push them. 

I started from scratch & began to add difficulty elements. Jumps, stunts, tumbling, pyramids.... they're all twice as difficult as they were in the fall. I've been pushing my girls to do things they've never done before. On top of that, I'm pushing for flawless execution. The whole time knowing that the whole thing might backfire on me. 

It hasn't always been pretty. I've behaved like a crazy person. I know they've probably hated me at times. But we all had a common goal, we were all ready to take it to a new level. We wanted to be the team that everyone was talking about at the end of the day. We wanted to wow them. 

A week ago, we returned from our Christmas break and I saw it all start to come together. I saw the stunts start to hit. The timing started to mesh. They stopped counting & actually started smiling. I knew they could do it. And as I saw it, I knew that I needed to up the ante. That was when I challenged them to win Grand Champs at our competition on Saturday. In order to do it, they'd need to beat our own JV team and everyone else, but they accepted my challenge. 

We got on the bus with focused determination, well as focused as middle schoolers can be. We warmed up & though it wasn't perfect, they felt good. Finally, they took the mat Saturday morning at 10:04. They were flawless. They brought both the JV & Varsity coaches to tears. They were fierce

Despite that, I still wasn't convinced we'd achieve our goal. It's almost unheard of for a Freshman team to beat their own JV team, let alone everyone else's JV team too. We got to awards & I started to prepare them, "you were amazing & I'm so proud of you. I don't care if we get grand champs..."  I didn't want them to feel let down after such an amazing performance. I started regretting that I'd ever challenged them to such an impossible task.

It turns out I wasted my breath, because we did it. They beat them all. The risk paid off. I couldn't be more proud.

grand champs ultimate cheer and dance
my team... in our Grand Champs T-Shirts


  1. Congrats!! You must be so proud!!!

  2. Aw, this is lovely! You should be proud of yourself as well as the squad!