After the routine is taught, it must be
broken down and perfected. Take 8 counts at a time & analyze the
various body positions: feet, legs, body, arms, hands, head, focus. It
can sometimes be even more effective in smaller groups or squads.
Remember, it is important that each position is uniform throughout the team.
Repetition alone as well as general statements to the group is not
effective. Be specific on your corrections with each individual person.
After the routine is broken down,
perfected and connected for memory, work on adding body energy and
projection. This is the “icing on the cake” for your routine.
Block the routine on the floor or
football field for specific placement and spacing.
Do not allow the team members to talk
among themselves during practice. This breaks their concentration
level and leads to “negative practice time” where nothing is
If the girls are losing their
concentration or tiring easily, take short water breaks. Water
is always cleansing to the mind and body.
Begin and end each rehearsal with a team
meeting. To open rehearsal, set goals to be accomplished during the
days’ rehearsal. Let them know what you expect from them. In
closing, analyze the rehearsal and let the team know the goals they reached
and those not as well as what must be accomplished the next day to keep the
pace of the week.
Offer positive criticism as well as
deserved praise. A curt or demeaning tone of voice will never produce
positive results. Everyone responds to praise. “Praise what
you want to raise.” Use motivational techniques such as ribbons,
charms or medals for top performers of the days or week.
A sample week of
MONDAY- teach routine, work on
TUESDAY-perfect routine; tryouts (if your
team has weekly tryouts)
WEDNESDAY-set routine patterns; assign
yard lines (inside); work in small groups.
THURSDAY-set routine on the football
field; block each pattern and formation; work on transitions to each
FRIDAY-rehearse with the
band/music; final polishing; add SPARKLE!
The key to
successful rehearsals is for each team member to ‘get down to business’ and
concentrate on daily goals. A casual or un-planned rehearsal can cause
your team to require double or triple the amount of preparation time.
Strive for ‘QUALITY REHEARSAL TIME’. Be organized, have a schedule and
STICK TO IT for a successful rehearsal week.