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50th year celebration ''WE'RE NOT DONE YET'' Developing the youth future, while enhancing the community

50th year celebration ''WE'RE NOT DONE YET'' Developing the youth future, while enhancing the community

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Training & Coaching

AYC, Varsity and ASEP have collaborated on a book and online course prepared specifically for AYC coaches.
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Developed by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) in conjunction with American Youth Cheer and Varsity, the course kicks off by examining some coaching principles designed to improve your skills in the areas of practice and competition-day planning, communication with squad members and parents, safety and first aid, and squad-member training to promote lifelong fitness.

In the second half of the course, you’ll learn the basic cheer techniques and how to teach them effectively. In an interactive format, you’ll see proper ways to perform various maneuvers and how they’re employed in routines.

Upon completing this course, you should be able to

  • better understand your role as a coach (unit 1);
  • communicate effectively with squad members and others in the cheerleading community (unit 2);
  • understand the importance of rules and equipment (unit 3);
  • provide a safe environment for your cheerleaders (unit 4);
  • teach and shape cheerleading skills (unit 5);
  • teach and shape cheer, sideline, and dance skills (unit 6);
  • teach and shape partner stunt and pyramid skills (unit 7);
  • teach and shape jump and stunt skills (unit 8);
  • prepare season and practice plans (unit 9); and
  • make the most of game and competition day (unit 10).

The course includes the e-book Coaching Youth Cheerleading, written by ASEP in conjunction with Varsity Brands.

As part of the final unit of the course, you’ll take the CDC’s Head’s Up: Concussion in Youth Sports course, used as a training resource for thousands of sport organizations across the country.

After completing course activities, you’ll take the 35-question online course test, which covers material from the book excerpts and the online course.


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