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Did you set goals at the beginning of the season? If you didn’t, it’s not too late!
One of the most valuable life lessons that youth sports can teach our kids is the concept of how to set, pursue, and achieve goals, and how to deal with the times when we fall short.
Both Responsible Sport Parents and Responsible Sport Coaches can help their kids learn how to set goals.
For parents, the 100-Point Exercise is recommended as a great way to kick off a discussion of goals. What’s a 100-Point Exercise?
What Types of Goals to Set
With the 100-Point Exercise in hand, you and your child can now craft specific goals for the season.
As a Responsible Sports Parent, try to emphasize goals that pertain to the "life lessons" aspects of sports. Which life lessons should you focus on?
Staying Focused On Pursuing and Achieving Goals
Responsible Sport Parents can help kids stay focused on pursuing – and ultimately achieving – the goals they have set for themselves for the season. As you watch your child work hard against these goals, you may need to offer tremendous encouragement in the face of disappointing results.
At the end of the season, pull out that 100-Point Exercise sheet and remind your athlete that, regardless of the win-loss record, they achieved their goals that they set out for themselves. They learned a new skill, made a new friend, and had fun during the season. Celebrate their successes!
Responsible Coaches embrace the idea that coaches have two goals: Winning on the field and winning off the field by learning life lessons from sports.
At the beginning of the season, Responsible Coaches gather their team to discuss and set goals. Consider an exercise where each player, individually, writes down on an index card what their goals are for the team for the season. Then write everyone’s responses on the board and get to a concise list that everyone agrees will be the team goals for the season. After that, work one on one with your athletes to set individual goals.
One way to manage the pursuit of goals is to keep in mind the equation S=E/T (Success Equals Effort Over Time). Learn more about S=E/T!
Achieving Goals...or Not
It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to work hard and achieve a goal. It can be a horrible feeling to work hard and fall short. What’s a great way to help your athletes experience and process this range of emotions?
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