My Long Term Goal


“A goal is generally defined as the aim or object of something we are trying to obtain” 

So goal setting is the process of setting out and defining what you want to achieve or obtain.

I have to process goals for the athletes initially, this is likely to be focused upon increasing the success rate of the execution of a certain skill or technique that is particularly relevant to an athletes sport and their role within the team. I coach is likely to give the players training drills which focuses on these key skills and encourages the development of them, first stage will be identifying the current level of ability of the group of players a coach has and the particular strengths and weaknesses of each individual player, once this is established goal setting can take place.

Each coach has their own approach, one particular variation is the difficulty of the goals that they set their players, although a difficult goal is good because it sets a high standard and shows a high level of ambition, there is a school of thought that it may also become demotivating if the player fails to get the fulfillment from achieving his targets.

Once i have gaged the skill of his players and set them goals of whatever difficulty they see fit, for instance A player who manages 50% success rate for his passing during training, may set the goal to achieve a 60% pass rate, which would be a good gentle progression, however i may wish to set an ambitious goal of achieving 100% success rate for passes, this is also arguably unrealistic and goes against the S.M.A.R.T principles of training; (s)pecific (m)easureable (a) chievable (r)ealistic (t) ime based.

Aside from setting players their individual process goals, 1 will want to set a goal for the team as a whole, this is commonly a outcome goal which is a goal that is focused purely on the outcome of the sport,

I will set goals of different lengths, they may set them the end goal which is long in length, for instance the aforementioned player may be encouraged to improve so he has a 100% pass success rate, however coaches are advised that in order to get the best out of their athletes and for goal setting to be effective they should not only set a end goal of long term length which gives the player/s direction and something to aim for but intersperse current ability and end target with several other smaller targets, which increase in equal increments allowing the athlete to better envisage the proccess they are undertaking and gives them the fulfillment of reaching as many small goals as possible before reaching their end goal.

I always set “A multiple goal strategy will yield the best performance and psychological results” – 

Coaches will continually evaluate progress and adapt goals where they see fit.

Completion of a Process Goal increases the likelihood of completing a Performance goal which in turn will increase the odds of winning competitions and fulfilling your outcome goal. Subsequently failure to fulfil an outcome goal can be traced back to failure of a performance goal and can be down to an individuals failure to achieve their process goal. (Think of a player who misses a sitter which changes the complexion of the game), therefore i would focus mainly on setting process goals and focus on improving the individuals skills to better enable them to fulfil performance goals within a team and ultimately achieve outcome goals via victory.


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