Congratulations, you have been hired as the new Cheerleading Coach! Now what?
Check out our Coaches Calendar to give you a step by step guide for the entire year!
Here at NCA we realize that becoming a new cheerleading coach can be very overwhelming. Whether you are hired at the beginning of the year or near the end of the year, you probably have many questions and need a little extra help to get you started. Here's a guide to help you get on your feet as a new coach and a timeline to keep you on track all year long.
- You have a life-line... contact your NCA State Director and local Varsity Brands Rep. With NCA, you have a State Director that will be happy to help you with anything you need help with such as:
- Finding or setting up a camp/clinic for your team for training, safety, choreography, etc
- Supplying you with a wealth of helpful materials like a free NCA Coaches Manual, NCA Spirit Book, competition information, and more
You also have a Varsity Brands uniform rep that will be happy to help you with uniforms, warm-ups, shoes, poms, summer camp info, and more. Click HERE to find your State Director and/or Varsity Brands Rep. There for your every need, whether it's fall, winter, spring, or summer... your NCA State Director and local Rep are always just a phone call or email away!
- Create or update your teams Emergency Action Plan. Click HERE for a sample Emergency Action Plan. Before you do anything, you'll need to figure out what to do in case of an emergency. You'll need to know important personal and medical information about each of your cheerleaders, and you'll have to come up with a detailed plan of action in the event that one of them gets hurt. We suggest all emergency plans follow AACCA standards. AACCA (American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators) is considered the Gold Standard for all cheerleading safety education. To learn more about AACCA and how to become AACCA Safety Certified, visit aacca.org.
- Safety First! Prevent injuries by working in a progression. Your new squad may tell you that they want to work on stretch double-downs, but remember NCA's motto...
Perfection BEFORE Progression!
Be sure to take your squad through all the appropriate stunt progressions, starting with the most basic skills, before progressing to more advanced skills. They may laugh or snicker and say they already know how to do those basic skills, but it's not enough for them to just to know how to perform them, you should physically see them perform each skill with solid technique and proficiency before progressing to the next level. When they show proficiency in a skill, allow them to move on to the next level (but not before that). Not sure what the correct stunt progressions are? Not to worry, contact your NCA State Director for help. Also, if your team hits a plateau, needs help perfecting a stunt they just can't hit, or if they need new more challenging stunts to work on feel free to contact your NCA State Director to schedule a Home Stunt Camp. Click HERE to find your State Director.
- Find out more about cheerleading safety and protect yourself as a coach. Ask your Athletic Director or Principal what requirements the school/district/state place on school cheer coaches. It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you know the rules mandated by your state or district and adhere to them at all times. Many states require some sort of safety training before coaches are allowed to stunt with their squads. Visit the AACCA website to find an in-person safety course or to take the new Online Safety Course. Visit AACCA at aacca.org.