At the start of the 2015-2016 season, we wanted to know: what are your business and team goals for the upcoming year? CheerProfessional polled gym owners and coaches from around the country to find out. See what cheer pros from Ultimate Allstars, ACX Twisters, and more had to say.
Jessica Cestare, Co-Owner, Coastal Athletics Cheerleading (Setauket, NY)
“This season, we are aiming to bring the love of cheerleading to new athletes. As a first year gym, we want all of our athletes to fall in love with the sport and the discipline, hard work, family atmosphere and new experiences of it all. We want them to find their ‘home.’”
Justin Lenhard, Tumbling Director, Ultimate Allstars (Port St Lucie, FL)
“Our goals for this season are to continuing to grow our lower level teams and earn a bid to the Summit for cheer and dance. Also, we are aiming for paid Worlds bids for our senior and international dance teams and our Medium Coed Level 5 team!”
Nicki Haynes Baker, Co-Owner, Nebraska Cheer Center (Lincoln, NE)
“Our business/gym goals are to run a successful program that continues to be a second home to 250+ athletes—running a cheerleading business first, but helping and supporting all of these young athletes both on and off the mat. Being good mentors and leading by example. Our competitive program goals, similar to others, are to hit deduction-free routines and bring home wins, as well as being proud of weekly, monthly and yearly goals and new accomplishments. We want to put some amazing performances on the mat!”
Mandi Spina, Program Director, Cheer Fusion (Fredericksburg, VA)
“This year, our goal as a program is to receive overall perfection in technique. Teams also set individual goals for Summit and Worlds; athletes were provided with goal-setting sessions to ‘work backwards’ toward their personal and team goals.”
Michaela Gonzales, Owner, ACX Twisters (Columbia, SC)
“I want our gym to meet the demands of creativity and difficulty that the sport now demands—but still hold technique and proper progression at the heart of our program! Both are important to the sport, and now that the scoresheet equally rewards all three areas, it will be a challenge on the mat always.”
CheerProfessional wishes all gyms in our industry a successful and safe season! Here’s to 2015-2016 ushering in continued growth and prosperity.