Have you been cheering for a long time? Have you ever been in the situation where one of your teammates of a competitive team quits the team mid-season?
Have you been one of them?
Whatever the reasons you can tell me, I don’t think there are good reasons to quit your team when the season has begun. Well, almost. Beside moving away, serious illness, injuries preventing you from practicing and, of course, intimidation.
I ear parents saying: ‘’What about school … grades … school comes first.“ I AGREE that education is important (that’s how my father raised me: no good grades = no gymnastic class).
But seriously, if 2 to 6 hours of training are affecting the grades of your kids, do you really believe that sport is the ONLY problem? Don’t you believe that there may be another problem UNDER this reason? Self-discipline? Hours on social media instead of doing homework? Too many extracurricular activities? Other learning problems that are not negligible? What I’m saying is that if grades are going down ‘’because“ because of the integration of sports, there is another problem, as significant as it is.
Impacts That You Won’t Experience
By leaving your competitive team, know that your ex-teammates will have to be strong. Strong together. To stick together. They will go back to the gym redo all the spacings. Work on all the stunts because now one of the groups is incomplete. Maybe they’ll have to modify a stunt sequence, maybe more or maybe all. Counts have to be redone. The pyramid has to be redone and probably change a part of it too. There is also the dance section, all those spacings will have to change.
Some athletes will have to change their entire dance because your awesome partner works that you had together no longer works.
If, by any chance, the team finds a substitute (which is not a luxury that everyone can afford given the size of the pool of athletes we have), that person will have to become a part of an already establish team dynamic. We must admit that this is not the easiest thing to do. The substitute has to ‘’meet expectations“ in a short amount of time.
For doing all of this, your old team has to take a step back for 1, 2, 3 or even 4 practices instead of continuing to progress. They may have to add more practices.
But you, you won’t know about it. Because you quit. Quitting is easy when you don’t have to face the consequences.
Your team is your commitment. You don’t like your team or a part of it? OK! A cheer season usually ends in April or May. Once it’s over, you paid your due—Ciao! Hasta la vista! Au revoir! Auf wiedersehen! Change! Move towards new horizons that will lead you to your quest of ‘’something else!“
Your cheer team is an aspect the commitment in your life. You will find yourself facing some less than ideal situations a lot of times in your life and you’ll have to deal with it—A lease, a job contract, a team work, etc.
Evaluate Your Attitude
In the meantime, can you try to find something positive about your team? I cannot imagine that there is not at least ONE good thing about it—A friend? A coach? A routine section? Getting you in shape? Competitions? The uniform? Anything really!
If everything seems negative, maybe you could evaluate your attitude towards others? Are you positive? Are you smiling? Are you working? Are you persistent? Do you interact with others?
Is there anything more annoying than someone that never stops saying that they don’t want to be there anymore? Don’t be that person!
If you commit yourself, end your season honorably and then quit just as such. Everything will be in your honor. You know what? There’s nothing wrong if everything is done while respecting everyone.
The Combative Ones
For all the other team members who have to suffer the consequences of the one who left, here’s what I have to say to you. Don’t be discourage. It’s hard to have to take 1 or 2 steps back before stepping forward again. But you will have a greater sense of accomplishment. During practice, don’t get mad at your coaches or at your other teammates because of all the changes. They
are the victims of this situation just as you are and they all want that everything works out in the end, just like you. All you can do now is to keep trusting your coaches and give you all some time as a new team.
The ones that stayed are worth it. They are there. Live it with them. Unfortunately, although I regret the lack of commitment of those who left, these obstacles are challenges that you will live in many aspects of your lives. Use these obstacles to grow in adversity.
Have a good competition season and fight for your teams.