When our youth athletes strive to achieve their personal best, victory is won on and off the field. Encouraging our kids to set individual goals and focus on maximum personal effort benefits both the player and the team – in a variety of ways.
Athletes who come to realize that personal development can be even more rewarding than a win are mastery-focused athletes who build the confidence and initiative needed to succeed – in sports and in life.
Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports sat down with US Youth Soccer coach Dustin Taylor to get his thoughts on personal bests, personal statistics and personal records.
In our exclusive TAKE 5 interview, Dustin, who coaches the Under-15 Girls National Presidents Cup Champion team, Crush Blue, told us that he believes personal records and bests serve a powerful purpose and role in youth soccer.
“It’s a positive for sure,” said Dustin. “It helps to motivate and focus on reaching that next level that we as coaches and players are always striving for.”
Dustin said he pays particular attention to the statistics and personal records of those players who seem committed to playing and excelling at that next level.
“I wouldn’t say that I was aware of each of the athletes’ personal records or bests, but certainly those players that have plans to reach the next level,” said Dustin.
When it comes to setting goals and personal records for him and his coaching staff, Dustin said it is all about the team and its overall success.
“Each of our coaches is always looking for ways to help the team improve in areas that will help better our records and success as a whole,” said Dustin.
Dustin added that if he could encourage youth soccer players to focus on just one particular personal record or best, it would be simple.
“Each player should learn to juggle a soccer ball and continually work towards a personal best,” said Dustin. “Juggling a soccer ball is one of the most effective ways to give a player a better touch on the ball, and will improve their ability to handle the ball during games. This will give a player the confidence they need.”
To read the full TAKE 5 interview with Dustin, visit ResponsibleSports.com. And come back next month for another exclusive TAKE 5 interview!
At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility shown by people every day. We created Responsible Sports as part of this belief to help ensure that our kids experience the best that sports have to offer in environments that promote and display responsibility. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field.
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