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Building Your Feeder Program
Transcript of Building Your Feeder Program
You have to be inclusive. Some of my greatest and most meaningful relationships have been with kids that didn't come up through our program. Be open having them.
Stop looking at what a kid can offer you and look at what you have to offer them. Try not to say no whenever possible.
Engage your alumni. They will keep your program going. They know and understand the family way and culture better than anyone. Find ways to include them even if they are small roles.
5 Alumni on Staff
Over a dozen kids in our program who are legacy WBR
Varsity...Does it Stop There?
For us it is family. Family, family, family. We rally hard around each other during times of need.
I tell my parents and kids they are woven into the blanket of my life and then attempting to remove them would unravel who I am.
It is important people see you have good intentions and a good heart. Not everyone will like you. That is ok.
Love your tribe. Be gracious and offer praise.
Find Your Common Core
*How do you want turns to be prepped?
*Cleaning and editing of dances?
*Consistent categories of dance?
*Tumbling? Ballet? When do these starts? Are they optional?
Think About Basics
Start small if you need to...could you have 2-3 FREE dance clinics for middle school kids in your area? Are there older girls that could offer lessons?
Start with a elementary team first. Most start with middle school. Elementary is a easier age group to get started with. Aim for 2nd-3rd grade age level and then follow them up.
Staff is key. If you don't have the staff don't start. Staff needs to be in place first. Recommend a year of mentorship first.
Well of course they win they have a feeder program....
Blessing and a curse. Feeder programs will shine a bright light on any logistical flaws in your program. Be prepared.
Can discourage those that didn't start early.
Parents expect a universal approach. This is challenging!!!
Benefit is girls prepared to make transition to next level. Preparation is MORE about team culture and expectations and less about skill.
Understanding What a Feeder Team Can Offer and What Challenges it can Bring...
Small problems with elementary parents will become huge problems as they get older.
My tolerance for misbehavior among
elementary parents is EXTREMELY
low. (Boundaries Video)
Have a parent code and enforce it.
Parents. Make You or Break You.
Give the glory away. It is not yours. A business is only as strong as its employees. A business does not exist without its customers. The same applies for large programs.
I am here because you showed up. I need to remember that.
Attitude of Gratitude
1) Team Website- should be universal
2) Consistent payment structure, consider billing software
3) Consistent communication methods AND frequency
4) Staff- staff- staff!!!! Can't stress this enough!!! My girls are more important to our success than I am because they will always be a touch point before me. They set the tone 100%
Are You Ready?
Straddle the line between...
1) Having EMPOWERED staff. Empowered=engaged
2) Having INVOLVED parents. Involved= Loyal
Driving The Bus
There will be problems. There ALWAYS are.
At times it will seem exhausting and too much.
Address them. A slowly oozing wound is far worse than a large cut that is allowed to heal.
Address the Family Problems