*** What is your Competition Purpose? ***
We all are given a huge responsibility and gift as we work with CHILDREN. It is important to step back from time to time and reflect on the very powerful impact that we can make in a young life & our coaching perspective on competition....
" I had an epiphany this weekend Anne and I just had to share it with you and thank you actually. So as you know, regionals and state were these past two weekends. At regionals, we ended up getting like 7th in pom or something and 3rd in kick. We were so so sooo excited to make it to sate with kick it was ridiculous. You would have thought we made it to nationals or something. Then yesterday we competed kick and we performed kick the best we ever have. It felt so good and we were all so happy. We didn't place in the top 5 and I don't even remember what we got. But I realized that it doesn't even matter!!! We were all soo happy and just thankful we got to perform at state. And then even moe, like looking around at some of the other teams...some of them were crying because they got second at regionals or didn't win state! I couldn't even fathom it. I realized that I think my squad acts they way they act because of Badgerette and you!!! Badgerette teaches such manners and sportsmanship and really instills the fact that winning or losing doesn't matter, it's just the performance in general. It not only showed through my squad this weekend but allll of the squads that attend camp and midwest. It was truly amazing. Michelle and I were talking about it and we both agreed. I don't even know why I felt so compelled to send this e-mail other than to just thank you! Thank you for truly teaching us all what poms and performing is all about. I am so thankful. Thank you so much! "~ love, Tori Mayo, WI
When I entered the pom world back in the 80s, we really never talked about "good sportsmanship" or the real reason for competition. I often think how different my experience (as a student) would have been and how much more I could have gained if I knew then, what I know now. If we "won 1st place" everything was great, but back in those days, anything less seemed to mean (to a 15 yr. old) that "someone made a huge mistake" and by someone... it usually meant the judges!
After H.S., my experience "on the other side" opened my eyes to a completely different world. Instead of watching and waiting for a team "make a mistake", I realized the great things each group had to offer. I saw the inspiration and creative exchange I was missing, as a choreographer and performer , by "living in a closed box". I realized 2nd, 3rd and 4th place were also honors to be cherished. I realized that each qualified judge had a different opinion and experience level to bring to the table and that teams could actually LEARN from their comments and scores to achieve better. I also realized that you can only control yourself and your personal best (as a team) and that is the best outcome you can hope for. Now as you enter the thick of your winter competitive seasons, it is important to try and take a step back and reflect on your purpose of competing. It is also important to reflect on the role you play in molding the dancer's experience. Do you compete for experience, to gain ideas, have fun as a group, to "win", or for the challenge of the event? Do you actually watch other teams? Have you prepared your students both physically and mentally? Do you discuss sportsmanship? Most importantly, by entering the event, you are ultimately accepting the opinions of the judges (1st place or 33rd place) can you accept and promote that concept with students and parents alike? Ultimately you are the educator...ask yourself, "what responsibility do I take to shape any competitive experience into a positive one"?
If you won 2nd place last year and this year you achieve 12th, does that mean the judges don't "like your style" or you and are you seriously angry with the event? If that were the case, then doesn't your former achievement "not count"? I believe when you get your focus back on the basics of why you are there and what your group can gain from the experience, the results are far greater and long lasting than a piece of metal. Great champions are teams that have unity, growth, support and respect for one another and their coach. Champions care, notice and attack even the everyday practice with passion and determination. The 2 minutes you are on the performance floor does not determine the life-long lessons that can be gained on your pom/dance team.
As judges and educators, we celebrate all the brilliance you and your teams are creating on the floor. We know how hard you work and appreciate your drive and passion. I encourage you to give your team a "competitive, attitude recharge" this year. I challenge you to teachthe positve difference to your students that will carry on way beyond their H.S. dance team.
Best of luck, enjoy and appreciate all of the hardworking teams this season!
~ Anne Caskey
Executive Director, Badgerette Pom Pon Inc
BADGERETTE POM PON INC. ~ HALL OF FAME
Since 1990, Badgerette has honored individuals who have made a difference and given back to the pom and dance world in a positive way. Scroll down to see some of the great individuals who have made a contribution to furthering pom/dance in their own schools and communities. Their effforts have supported the philosophy we respect and love by making a positive impact!
Thank you for your commitment enjoyed by so many young people!
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2013 Badgerette Hall of Fame Inductees:
WENDY SUE JOHNSON ~ Eau Claire North & Danz Kraze, WI
JENNIFER MURPHY ~ Catholic Memorial HS/Badgerette, WI
HOLLY KESKEY ~ Greendale HS/Badgerette, WI
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2012 Badgerette Hall of Fame Inductees:
ISABEL RAUGUTH ~ Pius XI HS/Badgerette, WI
JENNIFER TOTH ~ Brookifield East HS, WI
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2011 Badgerette Hall of Fame Inductee:
JESSICA ALLEN ~ Franklin H.S., WI
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2011 Badgerette Hall of Fame Inductee:
TOM SAGER~ Badgerette Headquarters, Milw., WI
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2010 Badgerette Hall of Fame Inductee:
MONI KOSLOSKE ~ First Immanuel Luth. & Badgerette, Grafton, WI
SARAH BREITLOW ~ West Allis Central H.S., WI
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2009 Badgerette Hall of Fame Inductee:
DEBRA GARDNER ~ Sault Area H.S., Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Deb has been the coach and teacher at Sault Area High School, in the upper penninsula of the state of Michigan, for 19 years. She has given great opportunity to her students over the years by providing them a wonderful outlet to dance. She leads her students with grace, humility and gentle guidance. Deb is a great contributor at summer camp each year not only with her team, but she is interested in the growth of other teams and coaches alike. She serves as a mentor to all she has touched, always with positivity and kindness. In a time of hardship in her state and community, she makes it possible for her students to take part in poms as she believes in the great benefit of the leadership skills, confidence building and teamwork they will gain. We were thrilled to honor DEBRA GARDNER this summer at the 2009 Midwest Championships. She is a dedicated role model and we thank her!
CONGRATULATIONS to our "Lifetime"~ Badgerette Hall of Fame Inductee:
MARETA PRILL , Badgerette Founder ~ Germantown, WI
Mareta Prill created Badgerette Pom Pon Inc. in 1970, as the 1st pom and dance company in the United States! Mareta holds a B.A. in Physical Education/Science from Carthage College and an M.S. in Educational Psychology from UW. She is originally from Chicago and was a High School and College Cheerleader. At a time when only cheerleading was offered and very few, if any girls sports in Midwestern schools, Mareta saw a great need to get more young women involved in a larger team opportunity... Badgerette was created! The basis of the teaching centered around providing education in poms and dance, creating a team atmosphere and spreading positive sportsmanship, confidence and pride. These ideals are still enjoyed and cherished today! The company spread through the states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Among the many creative events and competitions that have been enjoyed by thousands of pom pon girls and dancers throughout the Midwest. Mareta retired in 2008 and continues to work with her community recreation department programs. She was honored with the "Lifetime Achievement" induction in the Badgerette Hall of Fame at the 2009 Spirit Invitational in WI.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2008 Badgerette Hall of Fame Inductee:
JENNY DRANA ~ Cudahy H.S. & Recreation Dept., WI
Jenny began coaching at her alma mater, Cudahy High, in the early 90's. She inspired many young women with her poise, grace, enthusiasm and example (including current coach Allison Stray-pictured). She began a wonderful tradition and standard of school spirit and involvement at CHS and stopped coaching to start her family. Currently she works with the recreation department, where she founded many programs to give opportunity to young girls in the community. She has provided numerous hours with her youth pom classes, by also mentoring graduated pom alum to give back and teach! She is a wonderful example of excellent sportsmanship and truly appreciates each team and coach she comes in contact with. Congratulations Jenny, it has been an honor and privilege to know you!
2013 ~ Wendy Sue Johnson, Eau Claire North HS Coach & Danz Kraze, WI
2013 ~ Jennifer Murphy, Catholic Memorial HS & Badgerette, WI
2013 ~ Holly Keskey, Greendale HS & Badgerette, WI
2012 ~ Jennifer Toth, Brookfield East HS Coach, WI
2012 ~ Izzy Rauguth, Pius XI HS & Badgerette, WI
2011 ~ Jessica Allen, Franklin HS Coach, WI
2011 ~ Tom Sager, BPP Headquarters- Milwaukee, WI
2010 ~ Moni Kosloske, First Immanuel Lutheran Coach & Badgerette Alumni, WI
2010 ~ Sarah Breitlow, West Allis Central HS Coach, WI
2009 ~ Deb Gardner, Sault Area HS Coach, MI
2008 ~ Mareta Prill, Badgerette Founder, WI
2008 ~ Jenny Drana, Cudahy Recreation &HS Coach, WI
2007 ~ Kristin Warner , Brookfield Central HS Coach, WI
2006 ~ Allison Stray, Cudahy HS Coach, WI
2006 ~ Renee Zitzke, Nathan Hale HS Coach- West Allis, WI
Wisconsin State Fair- Bruce Sullivan, Entertainment Director
2004 ~ Susan Katon, Pinckney HS Coach, MI
2003 ~ Ginger Gray, Badgerette Staff Director- Howell, MI
2003 ~ Sharon Jeschke, Pius XI HS Coach- Milwaukee, WI
2002 ~ Linda Pfaller, West Allis Central Coach, WI
2001 ~ Anne Caskey, Badgerette Staff Director- Milwaukee, WI
2001 ~ Patty Brestrich, John Long Midddle School- Grafton, WI
2000 ~ Marilyn Mrkvicka, Washington Park HS Coach- Racine, WI
Laura Hutson, Badgerette Staff Director, Columbus, OH
1998 ~ Pat Premetz, Wauwatosa Esprit Coach, WI
1997 ~ Lynn Rutkiewicz, Greendale HS Coach, WI
1996 ~ Katy Sotos, St.Viator HS Coach- Arlington Heights, IL
1996 ~ Six Flags Great America Entertainment- Gurnee, IL
1995 ~ Carol Kennedy, Badgerette Staff Director- Brookfield, WI
1994 ~ Laura Vernon, Pulaski HS Coach- Milwaukee, WI
1993 ~ Polly Noskowiak, Ashwaubenon HS Coach, WI
1992 ~ Jim Hay, Janesville Parker HS Advisor, WI
1991 ~ Betsy Carr, Badgerette Staff Director- Traverse City, MI
1991 ~ Jack Nelson, AllState Insurance/WI St.Fair Sponsor, IL
Sue Spector, Brown Deer HS Advisor, WI
1990 ~ Meg Clark, Greendale HS Advisor, WI
............SPORTSMANSHIP ~ RESPECT ~ DISCIPLINE...........
These three words are the basis behind the teaching methods of many successful coaches. Often times the lesson learned, and the process to achieve it, is much more critical to the teacher than any score at the end of the day! These concepts are, however, some of the toughest and hardest to instill in students today. We applaud your efforts and challenge you to keep spreading these words and ideals to your young athletes! The positive benefits will last far past the dance floor in their High School pom experience. These are the mantras of true champions!
Commitment is emotional intent backed up by action. Commitment isn't something you pledge, it's something you do.When they are there beside you, doing all the right things at the right time in the rightway, their commitment will be obvious to you.- Anthea Paul, Australian Author