Remember to Breathe

Every Meet so far this season has been practice. Sure, your teams have been doing the challenges and you’ve been calculating and reporting their scores, but the Round Robins are just the warm-up. We want participants to have a chance to hone their skills, learn to work together, and find a rhythm before they make it to “the main event,” and of course, to have a great time along the way.

If yours is a team that doesn’t generally practice, it isn’t too late to start. Winning isn’t everything, but taking a moment to reflect on how the season is going and focus on areas that can be improved could certainly increase your scores at Regionals this week. It is also a great chance to do some team-building and head into the competition with a renewed commitment to the team and working together to achieve a goal.

This is also a time that can make facilitators and hosts nervous. There is added pressure for things to go smoothly because now it “counts.” But those practice Meets weren’t just for the students, it was for you, as well! Remember to revisit the Host/Facilitator Checklist (QQ add link to document), double check that your equipment is working and the rooms are ready, and then relax. Even if this will be the last Meet for the majority of teams, it was your hard work that made this season possible, and you deserve a chance to enjoy your success.

Thank you for your contribution to the 2015/2016 season, and good luck to you and your students at Regionals!

I am the Creative Director and Webmaster for USAT. I write many of the challenges and help to shape the overall season calendar of events. Peggy Sheldon, the Founder, is my mother so I have been living and breathing the program since it was founded over 20 years ago.

Posted in For Coaches and Teachers, For Hosts and Facilitators, For Kids, For Parents

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