On Tuesday, May 17th, I took the "No Fall" Club out to dinner. It was a reward they had earned for not falling in their turning headstands.
Sometime during the competition season, we decided to have a reward for those girls who did not fall out of their turning headstand from that point forward. We could hit them pretty consistently in practice, but we had a fall in each competition so far! It was frustrating as a coach--because I knew they could do it. I had seen them do it in practice time after time after time. So, we thought if there was some sort of incentive, maybe that would help? So the team decided that we would go out to dinner.
It started out with quite a few of the team in "the club". But, as time went on, a few more were eliminated. We did, however, hit our headstands at State and again at Nationals. There were also some performances where we hit them, including our final performance at the Elleve Showcase. One thing I have to say though, about our headstand sequence--it was very difficult! We turned completely around on our heads! (PS, this was the girl's idea, not mine, so it was something they wanted to do as a team!) We didn't just go up fast into a headstand, hold it for 4 counts, then put one leg down, then change into another hold, which is hard, but not near as hard as the turning headstand and holding it for 4 counts at each stop. Some people couldn't believe it when we would win competitions when we had someone fall out of the headstand--but we had difficulty points on our side.
Anyway, we finally went out to dinner. They chose to go to Winger's for dinner. Here is a picture we had our server take just as we were leaving:
Me and Kendrick, Alli Monroe, Aubrey Finch, Edynn Shaw, Savannah Martin, and Makayla Wilson--the Elleve "No Fall" Club!
Who knows, we may have turning headstands again in our routine, or maybe something else. But, if need be, we will have another "no fall" club for next year too!