As many know I was given an amazing opportunity this summer to be a coach at a cheer and gymnastics gym and help out with summer camps this summer. Now that the summer has come to an end I thought it would be nice to reflect on the summer and my experience and thoughts.
Going into this job I really didn’t know what to expect, to be quite honest, there were moments before my first day where I feared that I would finish this summer no longer wanting to be a coach. I had never coached before and was very nervous as to whether the kids would like me or not! It took a while for me to warm up to my co-workers and to the kids but I am so glad I finally did.
The beginning of summer started out a little slow. I worked a few days here and there, nothing major. By the time July comes around I was up at 5:30AM every morning for camp!
The day starts out with free time from 7:30AM-9:00AM. This is where the parents begin to drop their kids off and they can freely play in the gym. 99.9% of the days forts were being made out of the mats and kids were arguing about people not letting certain people into the forts, typical kid stuff. By 9:00AM it was time to tear down the forts and stop group games. It was at this moment that I felt like the biggest hypocrite because I was that girl at cheer camp who HATED all the games that were played and never wanted to participate but as the coach I had to encourage and make the kids play the games! After about an hour of group games is when the kids were split up into three groups and sent off to different areas of camp. One area would be going outside to play with water balloons and the blow up water slide. Another area was arts and crafts, which is self explanatory, and then dance, where my group just played games because this girl does not know how to dance! The last area, for the time I was there, was gym which is where my coaching comes in. This is when I was able to teach the kids gymnastics and different tricks and such. I have been to multiple gyms throughout my 13 years of teaching and have had different styles of coaching so I try to base my coaching off of what worked for me and what I should and should not do as a coach. After this the kids have another hour and a half of free time and then go to watch a movie until their parents come to pick them up.
I have learned that some days, kids make me want to rip out my hair, and other days they want me to stay with them forever. I have grown to realize I have very little patience to those who don’t listen, but I am getting better. I have also grown a lot of respect for gymnastics/gymnast during my time working this summer. From 10-2 there was gymnastics practice for the team and I have never seen such hard conditioning and practicing in my life. Cheerleading is hard but I tried to be a gymnast and let me tell you, THAT is hard.
Overall I had such an amazing summer being able to have this opportunity to get my foot in the door with coaching and will be continuing my work there by working the after school program and helping with the recreational classes. Although I was very happy to not have to be up at 5:30AM anymore, I was sad to see the summer camp come to an end.
P.S: I do still want to continue coaching!