Negativity does not equal success
There are many ways to educate and train someone, and when it comes to cheerleading you need to thrive on positivity. As a coach you need to encourage growth and learning, and any negativity shown should provide a lesson on how to overcome it. Excessive conditioning as punishment is a staple of athletic coaching but often proves counterproductive and may expose the athletes to unnecessary injury risk. Athletes may also feel as though hard work is a form of punishment, rather than part of training. One way to promote success is by offering feedback instead of criticism; this will build up self-esteem instead of causing embarrassment and public ridicule for the rest of the team to see. Pushing a young athlete away from a sport they enjoy because they feel bullied is the last thing a coach wants to do. If the head coach and all of their assistants are united in this effort, the team will run more smoothly and young cheerleaders will have a better outcome and future.