We’ve all heard it before. Taking a year off. Is that a good thing or a bad, let’s talk about that.
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Definitely. So like you said, you hear it all the time and as a coach, you hate to hear it and you hate to hear it. Um, you want kids to love what they’re doing and be passionate about what they’re doing. I don’t agree with it at all. I think if you’re doing, some kids do all star in school chair and then sometimes they’ll say, I just want to do a year of one or the other. That’s good. I think that’s good that you’re doing one or the other or even both because it’s good conditioning. Um, the only time I would say it’s okay to take a year off, not, not do any kind of cheer team at all is if you are in the gym tumbling I would say about like four or five times a week.
Well not just tumbling though cause we, we have jumped classes and we have a stat classes. So, um, if you are looking to take the year off, here’s the thing and I disagree with rusty just a little bit. Um, I do know that uh, parents and athletes both, um, sometimes note that they pay a lot of money to be on all star or even high school programs. Um, and they don’t get a lot of individual growth for that money that they’re paying. If they’re paying for all star, then they’re paying lots of competition fees and, and stuff like that. And, and they’re only told to work on what the squad needs, not what the individual needs, uh, per se. But like rusty said, if you’re in the gym, you’re working your Jenks tumbling lessons butt off and you’re, you’re not only working tumbling, but you’re also working your stance and your jumps, then maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing, uh, to focus on yourself. I think that so many, so many kids get so wrapped up in doing it for the team, being on this team, being on that team, and then they’re, all their skills are only being honed for that specific purpose instead of self growth and self, uh, uh, self motivation. Um, don’t let that team be your only been at motivation. Let yourself be a part of your motivation too. So you got anything to say on that?
Yes. You should be self driven. Um, whether it’s all star or school, a lot of the times taking a year off, um, the bonds built in that year and getting to know stunt groups in that year, getting to know that flyer and then trying out. So the kids that do that year when they try out, they’ve kind of know their kids that are trying out with, they have that year experience with the coaches, see how, how well they do in a stunt group or in performances or under pressure and talking to coaches, whether it be high school or all starts, seems like that’s what it comes down to as the most is kids losing out on that team bonding of that year and to where, and the same. But sometimes those kids, some kids, like you said, absolutely need to take a year off to find their passion, reevaluate, um, and go from there. Some kids go back and forth where they’ll take a year off due to school one year and then do all star the next or do both. Um, kids are busy these days. Yeah, very busy. I, I did both a school and all star. Yeah. But I don’t know if it was as straining as it is now.
Well, athletes are so much more involved with the things nowadays that uh, I don’t know. Can we have athletes that play multiple sports as on doing top of multiple teams? Um, so yeah, athletes are just so much more busy nowadays. Uh, but to, to add to what you said, taking a year off does, um, allow an athlete to kind of find themselves and find their passion, but it does take away from, from that that building year, uh, it Kinda shows your Jenks tumbling lessons coaches that uh, that you might be a quitter that you might give up when things get tough. Uh, so we don’t want to sound like we’re condoning that at all. Um,
it all boils down to the conditioning aspect of it. If you were doing a year of where you were doing both, where you’re doing school and all star and then the next year you’re just taking a year off from both completely. You’re going to have to be doing like five to six weeks of tumbling to get about what you were from all those practices, full outs. All that. If you were only a school cheerleader and then you’re taking the year off, it’s probably not as grueling, but there is definitely, like we said, you’re missing those fallouts daily practices having to get stents in the air. So it’s a give and take. You’re going to have to give a lot more when you’re taking the year off from a team completely like he said, and jump classes and privates and stunt classes in those privates, you can work John’s, um, tumbling all that.
You’d probably don’t get to work stunting as much. So you do have to find stunt classes, um, with realistic start groups, like groups that are going to be realistic too. Whatever you’re going to be trying out after you take that year off, you want to be able to, if you do take a year off, you want to come back and whatever tryouts you do, like blow everybody away, not be like, oh, I just barely made the team. You should be taking a year off coming back and being a dominant force on that team. So when we say take the year off, that certainly doesn’t mean that it’s going to be relaxing. You’re, you’re to have to put a lot of forth, put forth, a lot of effort, a lot of hard work, a lot of classes, a lot of time, um, into that year to be able to come back and like Resi said, blow them out of the water and, and be the best that you can be.
Um, that’s going to be, it’s going to be tough because it’s topic has a lot to work. Kids don’t realize that how much third getting up practices to where they, I’m going to take the year off. They still continue their privates, maybe even their weekly class, but they’re like, why am I getting more tired and this past, why am I like struggling with skills now? Cause you were throwing those skills like at a competitive level for on a daily, daily. Um, it’s reps you’re not getting in as you would so well we just did a podcast not too long ago about um, uh, summer breaks and if people are taking two or three weeks off of a summer break and coming back and struggling with their tumbling, there’s no possible way that you can take a year off and expect to have, uh, anywhere close to the same amount of conditioning and ability and skills that you have now.
Um, not to mention bad habits that will kind of come without even notice. Like you’re not doing any tumbling at all, but you’ll get a lot of bad habits because you’re not remembering the technique. It’s something you have to practice every day. Absolutely. The athletes who successfully take a year off and come back stronger have to be very self driven. Athletes like they have to be able to put in those hours of if they can’t get up to a class where they can’t afford privates are all that they need a lot of self drive to do that stuff and conditioning at home, which a lot of kids don’t have. So when they try to take that year off, when they do go try trial, that’s why so many coaches, whether it be all star or school, hate it because when they do come back they aren’t conditioned. Plus they missed out on that. Like we were talking about the relationships, the bonding, the knowing, the bases, knowing the flyers, getting to know the student groups, getting to know the coaches, uh, getting to know the atmosphere of whatever the program they’re in. Taking the year off really does come down
to your coachability, your Jenks tumbling lessons determination, your Jenks tumbling lessons fearlessness, um, being motivated to keep pushing yourself and be, uh, as self disciplined as possible. Just like everything you do. Um, if you were, it’s like homeschool versus going to school, there’s still work that has to be done. I’m taking the year off does not mean that you just get a whole year of vacation. There’s a lot that you have to do and you have to maintain a lot of skills. You have to maintain. Um, that does not just include a tumbling, but there’s motions, there’s formations, there’s remembering stunt technique, there’s all of that stuff. So you have to stay on top of it. Um, it, it can’t be something that just gets pushed to the side or you’ll,
you’ll turn. Where’s the settlement athlete? That’s really easy. So like everything else we talk about on almost every podcast, it just comes down to the athlete because every athlete is different. Yeah. Some athletes can take that year off and still come back stronger. Some need that team to be, to force them to do those. John’s to do the stunting that taking the year off, they might not do themselves. Yeah, hold them accountable too. So it all comes down to what kind of athlete are you? If you’re thinking about taking the year off, you should listen to this podcast and really be honest with yourself. If you’re that athlete that can’t afford to take the year off and really push yourself and not let it fall into, I’m taking the year off, I’m just going to spend time with friends. Do this. That you still have to make time for the tumbling for the gems, for perfecting emotions, for if you’re a base perfecting your Jenks tumbling lessons basing. If you’re a flyer, perfecting your Jenks tumbling lessons flying
and if done properly, you can come out on top and be in a much better area that you were before Jenks tumbling lessons. Um, and probably saving a lot of money and in doing so, but it has to be done right, has to be done properly. So, um, anyway, if you are interested in finding out more about us, justice, tumbling company or rusting Colton, you can check out our website. It’s justice tumbling co.com
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