I have read that the secret to success is the ability to adapt, adopt, and cope. These words can apply to all professions—including coaching. As coaches we must be able to adapt to our surroundings, our cheerleaders, and our individual situations. We learn to adapt to our school environments, our gym environments, and our competition environments. We understand that we must be willing to be flexible with people and facilities. We must adapt in order to get the most out of ourselves and our cheerleaders.
We must build upon existing knowledge and information that is constantly evolving (think new skills and rules). We adopt what we already know to incorporate it into what we are learning as we navigate the multi-faceted world of cheerleading and coaching.
It is our ability to cope that defines us best as coaches. We cope with multiple layers of information that must be assimilated into our coaching world. We know we don’t just coach kids—we work with parents, administrators, assistant coaches, competition companies, etc. How well we adapt, adopt, and cope may well determine our success as a coach.
As you near completion of the 2013-2014 cheerleading year, think back on how well you have adapted, adopted, and coped with all the joys and challenges of coaching cheerleaders. What will you do to build upon and to learn from those successes and failures for next year?