They’re the six most important words you can tell your son or daughter about the sports they play. It sends the whole message; Enthusiastic, Supportive, Positive.
You may see wristbands around our region with the ESP message. We have one for you, if you can live by these three words as you cheer for teams, coaches and officials in our region. As a matter of fact, we have two of them for you; one for your wrist, and one to give away when you catch a different team’s fan using ESP. In fact give them both away, we will get you another one. Or two.
These wristbands are for fans, not players. Let’s take our cheering and our region up a few notches:
* Get a little crazy.
* Go the extra mile.
* Support your team with positive cheering.
* Recognize the good in your teams and others.
* Get way off the chain and clap when the other team makes a great play.
* We need good opponents to get better. Be that good opponent.
Put away the in-your-face cheers, actions and yelling, and hold others to the same standard.
For more advice for fans watching youth sports, check out a Court and Classroom article by clicking here.
The 2016-17 marks the second year of the “Enthusiastic. Supportive. Positive.” program that encourages volleyball enthusiasts, specifically fans in the stands. Last season, tournament directors throughout the Region distributed close to 500 wristbands at events and tournaments, and we’re looking to hand out hundreds more. Then, at the Badger Region Championships in March and April, anyone who was awarded a wristband throughout the year, will be eligible to win Badger Region gear such as T-shirts, water bottles, mini volleyballs and other cool swag.
If you get one of our colorful “ESP” wristbands, come to the Championship Desk at the Badger Region Championships March 18-19, March 25-26 or April 1-2 to be entered in a raffle for the prizes. Anyone with a wristband gets one entry into the raffle. At certain points throughout the day, names will be drawn for the prizes. The only rule: You must have your wristband on at the time of the raffle to receive your gift.
Coaches Coaching Coaches
The ESP wristbands are a part of the Coaches Coaching Coaches (3C) program the Badger Region is organizing.
What is 3C, you ask?
An experienced Advisor Coach meets with your club coaches to relay the latest information from the national High Performance Coaching Clinics. Up to three club coaches will be trained at that meeting to become Mentors, to work with newer coaches in your program over the course of a season. Teaching the lessons they already know.
The coaches would be evaluated on how they structure and execute a practice by the Master Coaches.
In 2015, I AM Volleyball Club was the first club to take part as a guinea pig in the 3C program. According to Master Coach BJ LeRoy, who is helping write the manual for the 3C program, “The I AM folks were excellent. They wanted all the tips and critiques they could get and were happy to have us there. We all learned some new things last night.”