WHAT SETS CHEER COMPANY OF MICHIGAN PROGRAM APART FROM OTHER CHEER PROGRAMS?
To answer this question is simple but to get there, we need a few more questions. For example, what makes one program better than another? How can you compare them? Do you compare them by numbers of students, their win record, or their competition schedule? If schedules are different, are the competitions different? What are the best competitions? To be honest, all of these questions have validity with any cheer program, but do not get tricked. There is really only one answer. Pure and simple, the coaching is what separates programs making one better than another, which leads to the next logical question:
HOW DO YOU MEASURE OR COMPARE A PROGRAM’S COACHING?
To begin, you must understand what a real coach is. Successful coaching begins with three important concepts—communication, trust and respect. But to truly succeed as a coach, you must inspire participation while facilitating growth. You must recognize and identify your student’s abilities and struggles in order to nurture the former and overcome the later.
A true coach places the team above all else while actively fighting for their athletes to improve. Real coaches recognize the true potential of their students. Moreover, those coaches maximize that potential by teaching to push past an athlete’s preconceived limit. Old limits are passed. New goals are set, and the cycle continues. Let us be clear, coaching is not about the wins. While good coaches do win, many programs mask their record by “leveling-down” their athletes. Anyone can compete a team in an easier, less challenging level just to register potentially meaningless victories. It’s easier for the “coach” and on the team. The problem is that “leveling-down” the team suppresses their athletic potential.
For an entire season, every team member becomes restrained. Similarly, some programs crossover their higher level members to lower level teams. For example, a level 4 athlete would compete on a level 4, a level 2, and a level 1 team. While it may bring more skills to lower leveled team, this practice also stifles the growth and development of its members. Basically, the more advanced student is taking another team member’s position. The more difficult position is now closed to the true-leveled competitor effectively removing that member’s chance for further growth and development.
Any program or coach that sacrifices the development of its athletes in order to convey the belief of success is not a well-coached program. This type of program is concerned with its own success and not yours. Another way programs hide their coaching to manufacture wins is by choosing a “competition” schedule that has no competition. Many different companies host cheerleading competitions.
GOOD COMPETITIONS FOLLOW TWO GENERAL RULES:
The first rule is that the competition must be a US All Star Federation regulated with relatively strict crossover rules.
The second rule is the bigger, the better. True competition is what is needed to adequately judge a team’s performance. To avoid the big events is to avoid true competition.
In addition to big events, varied degrees of competition also exists within the divisions and levels based on the number of teams in the category. For example, there are substantially less (about 5 times less) teams at the Youth Level 2 Large Division compared to the Youth Level 2 Small Category. Knowing this information, programs will stack their teams (meaning cross over its higher leveled members) to change its division. So if a company manipulates its numbers in order to place their teams in a division with less competition, they again, are attempting to manufacture a winning record rather than earn one. Typically, ALL the Large Divisions have less competing teams, however, just because a program has large teams, that in no way makes the program bad. Many of your best programs in the country have large teams. Only be concerned with companies that modify their teams and purposely avoid competition to win. However, even with stacking teams and weak competition schedules or divisions removed, it is still not about the titles. Any program can poach prospective athletes from other programs with flashy promotions and enticing promises. Accumulating an already developed team, is recruiting not coaching.
A coach does not just find players or replace players; a real coach teaches them. Thus, the true evaluation of a program is not found in its number of skilled athletes, its record, or its titles. It is found in the coaches. Those coaches are then, defined by their team and athlete’s improvements. Therefore, the program’s standard is the combined growth of all its athletes over time.
Although the Cheer Company of Michigan Program has been National Champions for the last four consecutive years, we have accumulated this success based exclusively through our coaching. When compared to other programs, the Cheer Company of Michigan Program demonstrates substantial differences. First and foremost, we appropriately level teams. In some cases, we even “level up.” We also, do not unfairly stack our teams. Our schedule consists of the biggest and best competitions in the world. Most importantly:
YOU WILL LEARN MORE IN ONE SEASON AT CHEER CO THAN FROM YEARS IN ANY OTHER PROGRAM.