Looking back over the past three decades, we’ve always had great leadership, and I think this year’s team could be the best ever. The personality traits the seniors possess are such that they don't make much noise verbally, but their actions have always spoken for them. As a coach, I have great respect for people who lead by their actions.
As we jump forward into a new season, the most exciting news for the Bulldogs has been breaking ground to initiate the construction of the Bouncing Bulldogs Community Center, which will allow us to expand and help more kids in our community. The building is slated to be completed by March of 2017 and will be the first ever jump rope gym built from scratch! We are grateful for the fact that over 480 individuals from all over the US have donated to helping us build our new gym. However, the program is still in need of funds. If a person would like to contribute, they may contact us.
From late August to December is a time when we develop our team chemistry. This team chemistry phase is the first of four phases throughout the year and is key because a successful year depends on a whether a program’s foundation is built with strong team chemistry. Throughout the fall and winter months, from our annual workshop in November until the beginning of February, our program engages in numerous performances all over the US. This phase of the season is a time to focus on community outreach as the Bouncing Bulldogs share our passion for jump rope with others and inspire people using the jump rope as a vehicle. We start focusing on putting groups together for competition from February to early May, and we train at the highest level during the season’s fourth and final phase.
To all of our friends and supporters around the world who think I may be slowing down after three decades of leading the Bouncing Bulldogs program: I am more energized than ever heading into the new year, so watch out! I would also like to thank my wife, Mrs. Fredrick, for supporting me in this role as a coach. Without her, none of this would be possible!