Every coach would love to know the secret to success, I’m sorry to say, there is no one such secret.
What success really comes down to is the ability for one to install self belief and the drive to succeed within their athletes.

Before this can happen, one must have this self belief and drive for success installed within themselves. When a coach lacks self belief and confidence, their ability to connect and develop a working relationship with their athletes is severely affected and can often lead to failure. People lacking self belief often have a lot of self doubt. In the sport of cheerleading this self doubt can lead to athletes feeling left out and discouraged to try new things. Building self belief within yourself can be a very hard thing to do, many people believe that by believing in yourself it causes you to become “Cocky” or “Vain”. I’m telling you now this is not the case. Having the ability to tell yourself that you are good at what you do may sound silly but is one very easy way to help gain belief in your ability to coach a team.

One main problem a lot of coaches have is comparing themselves to others. Comparing yourself to others is only setting yourself up for failure. It’s okay to admirer others but as soon as you start to believe someone is better than you or you cant be as good as someone else, your self belief is going to hit rock bottom and you will start to doubt yourself. The drive to succeed is going to be determined by your willingness to sacrifice your day off, going to that party and sleeping. That extra 10% effort can be the difference between success and failure. Many coaches say they want to be successful but I would estimate less than half of them actually believe they will be. Belief is your greatest tool for becoming successful.
In this very competitive and innovative sport, for you to be on top, your ability to want to succeed more than anything else is what is going to make you successful and ultimately what will make you a top coach.

This article was provided by Daniel Dunn from Next Level Cheer. Next Level Cheer offers a wide variety of skill clinics and choreography services for more information please email

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Nick Coupland

Nick has been involved in the cheer community for over 10 years and has competed nationally and internationally in a level 5 team. He now coaches in Brisbane and specialises in tumbling and helps run

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