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Bay Area Cheerleading Tryouts aka Placements Enroll Today

16 Aug

MOVING ON UP! *CHEER PLACEMENTS HAPPENING NOW*

We are excited when athletes are able to move up through hard work and dedication. Today we move two of our athletes who was determined to make a higher level team. Coming in nearly everyday to train and hit all their skills, you have shown to be a champion at heart.

But moving up a level leaves a space open on our entry level team. SOOOOOO…That means TRYOUTS will open up once again!

2 SPACES have opened up for our NO EXPERIENCE required team. Contact Director Dre at cheer@rawtalents.org or 510-992-6811. Schedule your placement today!

The team is looking for 1 Strong Base and 1 Flyer.

Bay Area Fremont Stars Cheer Raw Allstars

Come see why our dedicated athletes experience rapid growth. See why our Small Division Program has taking titles against large programs and teams twice our size.

We don’t claim to be perfect, we have our high’s and our low’s. But, we have big high’s (like taking 1st place at Nationals hosted by USA Varsity Jamsport and more) when ALL Athletes are focused, dedicated, hardworking, make practices, stretch daily and focus on being the best they can be on the mats. That is the formula for #success

Nor Cali Bay Area Allstars Cheerleading and Dance Enrolling Now

15 Apr

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Join us for team assessments and placement…then join for a season of fun and championships

Assessment Clinic: April 28th 3:15-6pm

RAW Allstars is a competitive allstar cheerleading and dance program in the greater Bay Area. We have teams for athletes of all levels and welcome ages 4 to college age members.

With the commitment of our members and the dedication of our coaches it is our goal to have a strong program that focuses on personal and team achievements.

Known for our strict NO BULLYING environment, our coaches work hard to make sure that the team members respect each other and embrace each others difference. With just 3 seasons in the Fremont/Newark Bay Area, we are the proud owners of multiple National and International Titles. 

Celebrated by publications such as American Cheerleader publishing for our low cost high results gym, we work hard to keep cost low while still providing a competitive program. The results speak for themselves. Want an example? This year our team won the title of National Champions beating out programs that cost THREE times the amount our members pay. Its not about the money, its about the training. We make competitive cheer and dance as affordable as possible while still creating champions. This is something we are very proud of and will work hard to keep the tradition of a low cost high results program. 

RAW Allstar coaches includes current or former National and International Dance Champions, All American Cheerleaders, USA Gymnastic Affiliates, University Cheerleaders and Dancers. 

The 2013-2014 season RAW is proud to BRING BACK its World’s Qualifying Division of Dance and its ELITE Travel Team. Come be a part of something amazing! http://www.rawtalents.org 

Congratulations National Champions

26 Mar

RAW Allstars Yellow team brought home the title of 2013 National Champions

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Now its time for you to get your National Championship Jacket. Enroll Now

The Mad Man Coach vs. The Gentle Heart Coach

11 Jan

The Mad Man Coach vs. The Gentle Heart Coach ~ Which Team Gets the Most Wins?

For years, me and my fellow coaching friends have had a long standing debate concerning the treatment of athletes. As a former football cheerleader and competitive cheer team member, I have seen it all. I can’t say which was worst, the football coaches yelling tell their faces turned red then eventually blue from anger and oxygen deprivation or the cheer coach throwing the pom at my face and telling me to pull it together or stop pretending to be a cheerleader (this after 8 straight hours of practice in 101 degree California weather). I swore once I started coaching I would be a kind and inspirational coach and that’s where me and my peers disagree.

A former teammate of mine is a fierce and slightly verbally abusive coach and she is proud of it. When parents complain and threaten to remove their kids from her school, she gladly says “Go Ahead”, knowing that there is a long list of kids just waiting to take the abuse she has to throw their way.  I joke with her often that she is just one “shouting match” away from a major lawsuit, but the truth is we all know she isn’t.

I however opted for a more kind approach, often explaining the expectations of the team without yelling at them and telling them they “look bad”. She jokes with me often calling me the Dr. Phil of Cheer & Dance, but she always follows that with “But Dr. Phil isn’t a competitive coach. But this Dr. Phil is and as a coach our current teams have 3 1st Place wins and two 2nd place wins in less than 12 months, not to mention my years of coaching that already earned past teams National and State Titles.

Now, my friend, she has an amazing team, often taking State and World Titles. Her team members are often seen crying at the end of practice but for some reason they keep coming back for more. She allows only the best of the best on her squad, there is no room for “simple performers” (her words) on her team. So if you need to be taught anything, forget she doesn’t have the time nor does she care to work with you.  The gym I am currently with have teams that are open to anyone, I love the sport of cheer and dance and believe that everyone deserves a chance to shine regardless of experience. As a coach, I do have National Titles to my name from coaching High School and Youth Leagues. Our most recent gym format of allowing members to join mid and late season regardless of experience posses its challenges but we are working hard to gain a National Title with these inspiring guys and girls. For me, its not all about the win but about the overall performance and improvement of the athlete. But as my friend so kindly pointed out to me a few weeks ago, Sports Digest agrees with her. According to them, it is all about the win and as a coach you do what you have to in order to get that win and if it means making them cry, well then make them cry.

After seeing the research (some of which is posted below), I did agree with some very valid points they made about leadership. As coaches we are not meant to be their friends, we are there to teach, inspire and bring out each members greatest potential. This is exactly what our coaches work towards without belittle our team members. But some researchers believe that belittling an athlete pushes them to dig deeper and become a better performer.

I can’t say that our gym will ever be that “Get it together or get out of here” type place and I can’t say the gyms that have this philosophy is wrong. The truth is as a competitor and/or a parent, you have to decide what is best for you or your child. Do you prefer positive reinforcement or do you thrive better in a hostile environment? What ever your preference is be sure to understand that even the nicest coach has expectations and if you come to training facility not prepared or if you miss practices you should expect some level of “enforcement” from your coach. Even the nicest coach expects you to be at practice, on time and focused!

But as promised, below is some data about coaching styles that you may find interesting:

Coaching Philosophy

A coaching philosophy is the foundation of a coach’s style and consists of a mixture of the coach’s personal beliefs, goals, objectives, and standards. Most coaches know in their mind what their philosophies consist of, but ask them to convey this information and they find it difficult to accomplish. An uneducated coach may respond with “my philosophy is to win!” This coach has no direction. Winning is great and promotes short-term job security, but coaches have a higher calling than just winning contests. The chosen philosophy is a direct reflection of the style the coach employs.

Old School Coaching

Coaches have stated, “I use the old school style of coaching.” Do they really know what that means? When the term “old school coach” is used the following characteristics come to mind:

  • punish first, converse later
  • atmosphere of fear of failure for the athlete
  • immediate short-term respect
  • knowledge of technical skills, but not tactical
  • undivided attention when speaking
  • intimidation of those who speak against the coach’s decisions
  • demeaning motivation
  • nonexistent relationship with the athletes and assistant coaches
  • loss of athlete’s attention due to negativity
  • athletes quit due to poor treatment

When an old school coach goes too far, the consequences can be disastrous.

New School Coaching

Most successful new school coaches tend to be cooperative style coaches. Athletes today want coaches who are open to their ideas and value them as people. Cooperative coaching allows this empowerment of the athlete, while keeping the overall power in the hands of the coach. A prevalent trait of the new school coach is the thirst for knowledge. A new school coach is more open to change and adaptation than the old school coach. This does not mean that the new school coach is “soft.” This simply means that the new school coach is not as domineering. A new school coach seeks to earn the respect of his/her athletes by demonstrating the knowledge they need to be successful. “A characteristic of effective coaches at all levels is continued ongoing learning and reflection…Virtually every portrait of great coaches shows them to be active learners who engage in constant reflection” (Gilbert & Jackson, 2004).

Characteristics of a new school coach might be:

  • positive relationship with athletes and other coaches
  • stern but not offensive
  • fresh ideas through open lines of communication
  • increased participation due to coaching style
  • increased tactical knowledge of athletes
  • appreciation shown from athletes/community
  • gives and receives advice
  • leads by example
  • encourages of team leaders
  • shows continued knowledge of the sport
  • has opportunities for advancement into administration

Conclusion

Coaches are very important people in the lives of their athletes, the athletes’ families, and the community. Their actions can effect many aspects of an athletes life and this must be taken into account when a coaching style is chosen. Stereotypical old school coaches are disciplinarians first and teachers second. They usually deal with their athletes in a negative manner and are not open to change. Old school coaches believe that their way is the only way and their experience dictates that everyone should succumb to their will.

New school coaches are ones that are open to change, are willing to further their knowledge of the sport, and are teaching the athletes with the intent that they would develop their own understanding of the concepts. New school coaches tend to lean toward the cooperative style of coaching as the pursuit of knowledge leads them to understand the role open communication plays in pushing the athlete to peak performance.

References:

Gilbert, Ph.D., Wade, Jackson, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M., Catherine. (2004, December 5). In Search of an Effective Coaching Style. American College of Sports Medicine.Retrieved June 28, 2006

Martens, Rainer. (2004). Successful Coaching – Third Edition. Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics.

Stewart, Dr. Craig, Owens, Ph.D., Lynn M. (2nd.) Understanding Athletes’ Learning Style. Coaches’ info-service – Sports Science Information for Coaches. Retrieved June 30, 2006