It’s competition season and we are all eager to make our way to the events we have been working towards all year! If you are new to physie you may be wondering what to expect from these events. Will clubs be cheering during the performances? Will we be expected to stay during a whole session? Can I bring young children along? May I film the performance?
Some of these answers will be common sense. Some will be found in the rules of the competition and others are simply a part of the culture of physie.
Each one of us wants to have a positive experience at competitions. By working together and showing respect we set an example for our girls and enjoy competitions much more!
Let’s look at a few ways we can work together to make these days a fantastic experience for all.
1. OBSERVE YOUR RESPONSES
Competition days are emotional. Each competitor has their own story of how they came to be at this event. It is important to every competitor. As a spectator or teacher, you are quite possibly full of excitement before a competition. In just a few short hours you may experience nervousness, worry, pride, relief, disappointment, elation or a combination of them all!
As humans we each respond to these emotions very differently. Some of us get chatty or get the giggles. Others withdraw and become quiet. Some of us get on edge and may become a little snappy! Then there’s the classic “can’t sit still” which may be your coping mechanism.
By observing your responses you can prepare for the day appropriately.
For some great suggestions please read “Cool, Calm and Collected: Ways To Remain Relaxed On Competition Days!”
2. KEEP THE NOISE DOWN
Today is about the competitors. Each of these girls or ladies has invested a lot to be here. Today is about them!
By keeping the noise down, each competitor is able to focus with minimal distraction. She needs to hear the music as well as hear the instructions clearly. Judges can deliver the best results when they are able to concentrate.
Our youngest competitors require as little distraction as possible. Keeping the noise down ensures they don’t feel overwhelmed and enjoy their physie experience. You would want others to be considerate of your child, please be considerate of theirs.
3. REMAIN SEATED
Each event may be run with specific rules. Particular venues may close their doors during a session. However, where you have the freedom to come and go as you please, there are a few unspoken rules. Generally, only move in and out of your seats after a whole heat or team has completed all of their routines. The less motion from the audience, the better. Wait until there is a natural break between sets to enter the auditorium. If you know you may need to exit the building please take a seat in a place where you will not need to climb over people to exit.
4. PHONES ON SILENT
Please ensure your phone will not be a distraction to spectators or competitors by turning it to your silent setting. If you have a phone call that cannot wait, please step outside.
5. TO FILM OR NOT TO FILM
Remember that where filming is allowed, families want to be able to film their child without someone walking in front of them or hearing about what you will be having for dinner. Please be respectful.
I would hope it goes without saying that footage you take should not be shared on social media if there are other children in the shot. There have been instances, as a teacher, where my student’s identity is needing to be protected for their safety.
Some events may not allow filming due to the rules of the venue. Please ask your teacher what the rules are for each event. If photography is allowed ensure you are not using a flash for photography or videography. This is distracting to competitors and judges.
6. SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN
Where siblings come along as spectators, you are responsible. Children can become bored, view wide open spaces as a challenge to escape from your sight and may also decide now is the time to perform the routines he or she has inadvertently learned in a physie household.
Although we may have a chuckle at these scenarios (I’m sure we have all at some time encountered), the serious side is that injury can occur, children can get lost and events can be held up where there are children running around the venue. Of course, there are those moments where the inevitable happens and we feel terribly sorry. As a physie community, assist to help children find Mum or Dad and don’t make an already overwhelmed parent feel terrible. Accidents happen, children have an off day and we can all work together without being unkind.
7. KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF
As a junior I experienced the sting of holding a trophy only to have an adult walk up to me and say “They obviously read out the wrong numbers!” and “They clearly got the winner wrong. It should have been the girl who got second place!” I remember as a child wondering why they felt they needed to say that. Perhaps you are unhappy about the results or notice something different about a particular competitor. Please remember this is someone’s child. This is a teacher’s student. This is a human being. There is no place in physie for adults to be tearing down anyone, let alone children! If you have a genuine concern, please email your association or discuss privately with your teachers.
8. LOOKING AFTER THE VENUE
We are fortunate to participate in a range of events that are often held in some incredible venues. Let’s look after them. Food and drink may be consumed within some venues but generally, food and drink is best consumed outdoors. Remember to take your rubbish with you. Ensure feet are not up on the seats. Let the organizers know if there is an issue which needs immediate attention. Hairspray, make up and tanning products should be applied before arriving or in the designated zone for competitors to get ready.
9. SPECTATOR SPORTSMANSHIP
We are our children’s role models. Applaud for each competitor who is awarded a prize, wait until each section is complete before leaving the venue (although sometimes there is a plane to catch!), congratulate those who have achieved success and if you disagree with the results, respect that the judges decision is final. Support your child in understanding their worth is more than the results of the day. Make sure she understands the her value. Posts that might help are “Role Modeling”, “Dealing With Disappointment in Competition” and “10 Things Every Physie Girl Should Know”, Even our Ladies may need to be reminded of their incredible worth in “Dear Remarkable Woman”.
10. YOU REPRESENT YOUR CLUB AND YOUR ASSOCIATION
Not only are we representing our clubs and building a reputation as a “physie family” but we also represent “Physie” and a sport. Our associations work hard to provide an incredible syllabus, amazing opportunities for its’ members and our behaviour as a body is what we are known for. Working together to be helpful, encouraging, respectful and thoughtful is not only beneficial for our sport but for each one of our beautiful girls. WE are leading the way!
Here is to an incredibly successful competition season and here’s cheers to those who work so tirelessly to ensure the day runs smoothly. We appreciate all you do!