By: Cindy Bristow
Provided by: Softball Excellence
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate cheering, I just know its hidden dangers.
I'm not saying don't cheer, but you better know it's side effects when you do.
I know that cheering is as much a part of softball as gloves and bats, and while it enhances the energy of a game, it can create some dangerous side effects. OK, maybe "dangerous" is a bit dramatic, but as a college coach, I'm definitely seeing some very harmful impact.
Before we look at cheering's downside, let's look at the great upsides to team cheering:
But, there are two sides to everything and cheering is no different. In working with our freshmen, I've discovered they love to cheer, but have NO idea how to communicate. So here are the ways I've discovered cheering is dangerous to your team's success:
You'll never keep your team from cheering, and I'm not suggesting you should. But I am saying we all need to help teach our players how to talk on the ball field in ways that will actually impact the outcome of the game. Our players need to learn to talk to each other, share information, make it personal, acknowledge the other person, and be brave enough to be loud.