As we go into the tryout season at Cheer Sensation we are going to start a series of blogs featuring our owner's plans, insights, reflections and goals for the past and future seasons. We have learned a lot in our five years of coaching all star cheerleading and appreciate all of the opportunities we have encountered to learn and grow as coaches, business owners and individuals.
Season three came with a lot of challenges and success for us. I had a baby in November and this changed the dynamics of operating the gym. It forced me to step back from the recreational side of our program and while this was hard for me, it also gave me a new appreciation for my business partner Tami, and competitive cheer. I first want to thank Tami for filling all of the roles that were needed and being so understanding about the demands of a new baby. I also want to thank our cheerleaders and families for also supporting us during this stage in my life. I look forward to season four where I will be able to have a stronger role again with coaching now that my children are able to be babysat.
It takes endless amounts of patience, time and planning to run multiple cheer programs. Tami and I have come to realize that our business runs smoother and our parent relationships are better when we let parents do their own fundraising and trip plans. The athletes really enjoy traveling and staying together during competitions and at first, we tried to reward them with that experience. This was wonderful except that families were also paying to come watch and this caused a big inconvenience financially and in other ways for our parents. We have stopped making athlete travel plans for Alberta wide competitions and instead let the families make their own plans with or without other cheer families. We are optimistic going into season four with lots of parent volunteers heading optional fundraising and hotel bookings. Last year, we had wonderful parents who started this process for us and it really worked out well. Parents would find deals with hotels and book a block of rooms off, and then every family would call and book their own room if they choose to stay with the team. Some of our cheer families enjoy using competition weekends as a mini family vacation while others focus on cheer. We like being able to give both options to our customers! We often plan a team dinner, pool time or excursion to make sure there is optional team and parent bonding during our competition weekends! We find that this gives the girls the social time they desire while still giving the parents the flexibility they want. Please let us know if you are interested in being one of our TEAM MOMS and helping us plan these events.