AACCA Featured Safety Certifiers
AACCA Featured Safety Certifiers
For twenty-eight years Kathy Tadlock has been an administrator for the Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) coordinating sports and programs including volleyball, gymnastics, cross country, swimming, track and field, spirit, Interscholastic Star, sportsmanship, publications and coaches education. She also serves as the staff liaison to the Arkansas High School Athletic Administrators Association.
Over the years Tadlock has served the NFHS on rules committees for gymnastics, track and field, Sportsmanship, Ethics and Integrity and on the NFHS Strategic Planning Committee. In 1986 she was tapped by the NFHS to chair an ad hoc spirit committee that led to the formation of the Spirit Rules Committee. Tadlock served ten years on the NFHS Spirit Rules Committee, including two 4-year terms as chairman. In addition, she became the first chair of the Advisory Board of the NFISA, now known as the NFHS Spirit Association and received the first NFHS Citation from the NFHS Spirit Association.
Tadlock has co-authored the NFHS Spirit Program Management course and earlier publications that have now been restructured in the NFHS Spirit Coaches Education Program. She co-authored the NFHS Technical Judges Education Program and has served as a technical judge, instructor and/or conference presenter in nine states.
As an AACCA instructor for over two years Kathy Tadlock has taken the message of cheerleading safety to several hundred coaches in Arkansas. She continues to study and teach, attempting to prepare coaches for their roles as guardians of participant safety and the use of sound teaching techniques, basing their programs on safety awareness and risk minimization with the responsibilities for these conditions being shared by administrators, coaches and student participants in the program.
“Being an AACCA instructor has been one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve been privileged to be a part of. We have a powerful message to share with cheerleading coaches as we talk about how they should leave the AACCA class seeing their programs in a whole new light as we plan our teaching and activities from a safety awareness perspective. It is so important, from the beginning, to emphasize the planning and communication that must be ongoing among the coach, the athletes and the program administrator. Emphasizing the physical, psychological and nutritional aspects of the athletes and the program broadens the value of these aspects of the education of our cheer coaches. I also love the bond that is formed with and among my class members that promotes and enables future networking opportunities.”
Patterson has been with the National Spirit Group in various positions
since 1982. He began his tenure with the National Cheerleaders
) as a summer part-time instructor, and joined the
office on a full-time basis in 1991. Bill has served as the Vice
President of NCA
, the Senior Vice President of Sales for Cheerleader
& DanzTeam, , and is currently the Senior Vice President of Sales
With over 30 years experience, his longevity in the
spirit industry has offered him opportunities to speak at numerous
state meetings, as well as judge for many state, regional, and national
cheer and dance competitions. Bill holds a bachelor’s degree from
Indiana University and a master’s degree from Indiana State
University. In addition to his responsibilities with NCA
has also served as an advisor to the National Federation Spirit Rules
committee for 10 years, is a national certifier for AACCA
, and is on
the National Advisory Board for the USASF
Rose Clevenger is the founder of Christian Cheerleaders of America, CCA, which started in 1987. Rose has over 25 years of exceptional coaching experience. Rose's coaching has ranged out over a variety of levels and has led many teams through many regional, state and national championships.
Rose has also branched out her expertise beyond coaching at the High School level. She is also the owner of King Cheer and Tumble in King, NC.
Rose has been an AACCA certifier for over 15 years.
"AACCA is directly responsible for keeping cheerleading as the viable entity that it is. Without standardization of rules and safety awareness through AACCA, schools and administrators would not be willing to take on the liability involved in cheerleading. AACCA has raised the bar on professionalism of coaches and the importance of safety. When I perform AACCA certifications it is great to meet and instruct coaches nation wide who are concerned about further education and having a positive impact on future generations."
national coaching experience that varies from school and all-star teams
for 17 years. Jennifer has led many teams through successful seasons;
whether it be on the sideline at a game or on the competition mat at UCA
Jennifer worked as a cheer instructor for UCA
for 15 years. She earned the Head Instructor of The Year
award 4 times in 2 regions. While on the UCA
staff, Jennifer was selected to be on the elite UCA Core Work Week Staff
for 6 years.
took her degree in English and Education and meshed it with her
professional cheerleading knowledge. Jennifer has put that knowledge
toward helping to create courses for the National Federation of High Schools
, that are curretnly used in the NFHS
, Bronze and Silver Level Credentialing
became a quick favorite on the cheer speaking circuit. She speaks at
conferences at both the state and national levels. Her seminars
continue to be heard in 43 states and 4 countries. Jennifer is
currently the AACCA Coaches Education Coordinator.
duties consist of performing certifications, training new certifiers,
and creating new seminars that meet the needs of modern cheer coaches. "Being
the mother of 2, I understand the concerns parents have when they put
their children in another person's care. When you put your child in
the care of an AACCA certified coach, you can be sure that they are in an environment that provides and promotes safety awareness. As an AACCA
instructor, I am proud of the impact that I get to make on coaches who
are constantly striving to enrich their cheer safety education. As a
coach, I am respectful of the safety guidelines that AACCA
provides that should help to keep my team healthy, competitive and
stress free. As a parent, I am thankful for the resources that AACCA provides to help keep my child safely doing what they love. As a cheerleader I am thankful of the umbrella of safety that AACCA provided in my own practices."
Ritch brings a wide variety of knowledge in his 14 years of
cheerleading experience. He started as an NCA Instructor and quickly
became a recognizable coach, choreographer and all-star gym owner.
Ritch is currently the NCADirector of Curriculum for both high school
and college programs and serves as an AACCA certifier for the NCA
staff. He also trains coaches and athletes on skills, safety and
program development both nationally and internationally.
"Being an AACCA certifier has given me the opportunity to help others understand the importance of safety in cheerleading. Having that ability is the most influential way for me to further educate others!"
I have been honored to serve as Executive Director of AACCA since 1997....
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