Set goals for both practices and games - Sports Goals

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Set goals for both practices and games

Set goals for both practices and games
Setting goals for practice sessions are just as important as it is for games. Practices are the time's athletes develop and hone their skills. When practice becomes meaningful as a result of being tied in with specific goals, athletes become more involved in what’s going on. Moreover, (a) setting specific practice goals, and (b) tracking progress toward them will help to reduce the drudgery of practice.
6. Identify specific goal achievement strategies.
One of the main reasons why goals are not accomplished is that athletes fail to map-out and commit themselves to goal achievement strategies. For example, if a hockey player wants to improve his/her speed by 5 per cent, a productive achievement strategy could include skating an additional 10 sprints after practice each day.
7. Record goals, achievement strategies, and target dates for attaining goals.
Once (a) specific goals have been set, (b) achievement strategies have been decided upon, and (c) target dates for goal attainment have been established, these should be written down so they can be referred to frequently. Some coaches and parents actually establish a formal contract with their young athletes to keep them focused on the activity and committed to it.
8. Set up performance feedback or goal evaluation system
9. Goals should not be “set in stone.”
Goals should be made to be revised, and they should be used as a guide. When athletes are helped to set realistic goals, they inevitably experience more success and feel more competent. By becoming more competent, they gain in self-confidence and become less fearful of failure. Perhaps most important, they discover that commitment to goals helps lead to success.

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