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My name is Sarah Reibly and I am 18 years old. I am also a student and cheerleader at Etowah High School. I have spent the last couple of months working with seventh and eighth grade cheerleaders and teaching them everything they need to know about cheerleading. While there has been up and downs, I have learned more than I could ever imagine. For my senior project I am coaching a cheer team.
Since I am doing coaching for my project I thought it would be beneficial to do a research paper on the impact of coaching. I knew coaching was a powerful job but I didn’t realize how much athletes were impacted just by their coaches. I looked up some of the most influential coaches and did some research on them. From doing all of this I realized how much a coach is idolized by athletes. The top four things I learned from this were: the impact of coaching, what it takes to be a coach, how mental toughness contributes to success, and how coaches make a family out of their team.
After researching what it took to be a coach, I decided my product log would be a video of the halftime routine I taught them. Coaching was something I had never done before so it was challenging trying to learn the best techniques and the easiest ways to coach. I also had to learn lots of patience which was something that was difficult for me because I am usually someone that likes to have things done right after I say to do it. One of the biggest successes for me was getting to run their tryouts all week and then getting to be the judge of the tryouts. Throughout the week I taught them a cheer, dance, and jump sequence so seeing that at tryouts and then getting to pick who made the team was a cool experience. There were some good and bad times throughout this whole process but all the good outweighed any bad!
My topic and research directly relate to being a coach. I have always been a cheerleader for as long as I can remember and have had many different coaches throughout it. It was interesting to be on the other side and see what it took to be a coach. My postsecondary endeavors are to become a nurse after I attend college. Although this differs from my project, I have learned many things from this experience that will help me in not only my future job, but just life in general.
Overall I enjoyed senior project. I am thankful for thankful for the experience and opportunity I wouldn’t of had otherwise. Senior project taught me not only about coaching, but also about myself. Thank you for your time!
Sincerely, Sarah Reibly