I must confess I am EXHAUSTED! And it is not over yet. We still have the Summit this weekend! Daytona, Worlds and the Summit! It is total Cheer OVERLOAD!
I have bee trying not to address the Sportsmanship issue but I feel with the season coming to an end that it is time. But, I am referring to all sports not just cheerleading. I have lots of different friends on facebook and other social media. The posts I see are just outrageous at times.
Nowadays, it seems as if everyone is hiding behind Social Media. When I first started doing sports with my children, it was not like this. People were a lot more careful about what they said because they didn't want conflict. With Facebook and twitter to hide behind, people seem to say anything they want. It still comes back to you and it is still a reflection upon the program you are with. In addition, kids are a reflection of their parents. If they see that we post that such and such team were sore losers, they are going to feel they can do it too!
I was speaking to a principal from an elementary school and she told me how much she dislikes when parents post pictures of their kids report cards or awards on Social Media. Some kids try hard and don't get good grades or get honor roll certificates. I would think owners of cheer programs would feel the same.
My biggest pet peeve of the cheer world is when people come back from a competition and post things like all our teams got 1st when 1 or more of their teams did not even have competition in their division. I feel the most professional and classy way to post on Social Media is to say my child's TEAM put on an amazing performance this weekend. 1st place, 2nd place.....who cares? Yes, I enjoy winning. I get caught up in it too! I enjoy it because I see how hard they work and how much they progress.
I was wondering if any gyms had Social Media policies in relation to their athletes and/or parents. If a parent or athlete gets on Social Media and bashes another program they should be reprimanded for it. A lot of gyms have owners who don't even have a Facebook, twitter or instagram account. Parents bashing other programs on Facebook is just tacky. Sometimes, things are better left unsaid!
I hate seeing kids in any sport get on Twitter and brag. I have heard stories from parents all over the country and I have been asked to write a blog about it. I had suggested it to another blogger and they have not done it so I thought I would. Parents and Athletes, sometimes it is best to just say nothing at al! Let Karma take care of it!
I know there are a lot of Varsity haters out there but I must say that Worlds was a huge improvement over last year. The sessions were run well. There was a Disney employee counting how many people entered the facility. There were still a lot of fights over seats but if you went to Security, they helped you find a seat or they asked the person saving the seat to give it up. They also threatened to confiscate any bag left on a chair and considered it lost. I don't know if it did or did not happen but they were enforcing the rules. In addition, they ran almost on or before schedule. My only suggestion for next year is to keep the third session awards in the Field House. There was no point in moving everyone over to the tent for awards. Two snaps up for Varsity! A huge improvement over last year!
I want to congratulate all the winners and all the participants at Worlds. I saw some amazing teams that I have never seen before. I saw some gyms with first year Worlds teams that were amazing.
Good Luck at the Summit everyone and I hope to have a positive blog about how well Varsity does with the Inaugural Summit!