2017_18 C.O.E. Goal Setting Instructions

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Parent help is welcome, goal setting WITH the players is smiled upon.

Why goal setting?

Good goal setting gives an athlete an edge in three areas:

  1. Goals provide direction.
  2. Goals provide feedback.
  3. Goals motivate; provide a daily purpose and build confidence

Basic Tips for Effective Goal Setting

Goal setting is not just about identifying what you want to achieve, but also how you will achieve it (process goals – Action steps) and measure that achievement (performance goals). When challenging goals are broken down into realistic steps and then systemically achieved motivation, commitment and self-confidence will grow.

Goals must be set according to the age, stage of development, confidence, ability and motivation of the individual. Beginners require very short term easily achieved goals to boost their self-confidence whereas the experienced individuals need more challenging yet realistic goals.

Recommendations for Goal Setting

Types of Goals

Outcome goals are related to winning and losing or specific results of a competition. These differ from performance and process goals. Because outcome goals are often influenced by others (including your opponents) they can be difficult for an athlete to control. A good outcome goal for some would be to have the highest juggling score in your COE class.

Performance goals are related to various statistics that can help a person improve at what he/she is trying to do. For example, a forward may analyze his/her game and realize that she must develop the ability to strike powerful shots on goal with specifically her weak foot to open options to her game. Thus a performance goal for the winter season may be to consistently shoot at least 75% percent of shots at practice. Can I exceed 40 MPH with my left foot when we test Shooting Power? I want to have the ball on goal for 80% percent of the shots on goals I take with your right and left foot.

In addition to outcome goals and performance goals, a very important type of goal for athletes to set is process goals. Process goals are related to performance goals; they are what the athlete should focus on while performing a sport skill. For example, in addition to setting a performance goal of increasing the number of shots on target by ten percent, a forward may also set a goal to go focus on the same technique throughout the shot. It is thought that the more one focuses on process goals, the less that person will worry about how she performs and hopefully will then perform better. Thus, the athlete, through learning to set process and performance goals rather than outcome goals, is setting goals that she/he has control over….

I want to consistently strike a driven ball with my laces and have control of where the ball goes.  To build the confidence to strike with your laces a player should juggle with their laces understanding striking point. Next must master the 7 steps of shooting breaking it down to the absolute basics with plant foot and laces to master comfort in striking the ball with control. The fine tune details of the Process Goals will allow for performance and outcome goals to be achieved.

Action Steps

Specify rules and habits that must be set to achieve goal. “I want to my weak foot shot to improve”.

  1. I will hold myself accountable to shoot the ball in the backyard with my weak foot only for 15 minutes every other day.
  2. I will juggle with my weak foot only before practice to gain comfort striking the ball with my laces.
  3. I will practice my 7 Steps of Shooting in the back yard. I will focus on two steps each day when practicing.  Ex. Tuesday work on Plant foot and B.O.B (Body over Ball).  When shooting I will not just shoot I will note feedback on those two topics. That mean reviewing technique, freeze over the ball before shooting to observe where my plant foot is and is my body over the ball.
    1. Plant foot too close, balls goes off the inside of your foot…ok adjust.. do it again..
    2. Leaning Back ball goes over the ball….. Meet B.O.B. (body over the ball)…do it again

COE Expectations

For this year’s COE players will be asked to participate in a goal setting formal process. Players will fill out Goal Setting Form Here answering brief questions involving the Qualities of a Great Athlete Players, 2 short term goals, 1 intermediate goal and 1 long term goal in the COE.  Within each goal players much outline two action step he/she will take to accomplish this goal. Action steps should be used as benchmarks to periodically assess strengths/weaknesses allowing for adoption of a step to make sure goal will be accomplished.

At the end of the Center of Excellence players evaluations amongst other features will be based on player’s original goals and their actions to reach goals. Players will be assessed not only on their competitive status within the group, but on ability to improve individually within their goals.

We will have a print out of your goals for your coach on the first day to be put in binder for coaches to review and hold players accountable every session to achieve goals.

Examples of Goals and Actions Steps are:

Goal: As a central midfielder I want to improve my composure on the ball increasing my ability switch the point of attack and keep possession. I want to maintain possession 80% of the time.

Action Steps

Process:  Every time before I receive ball am I looking both ways? Look Before You Receive a Coerver habit that must be built into game to best understand options and give the player time to be successful . Solidify 1st touch does your touch allow you to play at the speed you must to be successful? I will strive to improve looking before receiving to 80% of the time or better in all practice activities, knowing this will translate to games.

Step 1. Practice 100 wall passes with each foot three times per week looking before the ball comes back to me.

Step 2. Juggle 2 hours a week to improve my comfort in my first touch. Not only juggle the ball at a low level, also challenge myself with balls high in the air to work on control of my first touch.

Step 3. Have a partner pass balls while you keep your first touch within 1 yard. Taking first touch different directions adapting to different game like situations.

Step 4. Consistently focus on the Great Soccer Habits like “Looking both ways prior to receiving” and “Calling for the ball with your movement”

Step 5.Watch several soccer matches and note the techniques of skillful central midfielders. Then visualize successful play in within the midfield for 5 minutes every day.

Goal: As a wide player, I want to improve my crosses into the box. I will strive to improve my crossing percentage to a consistent 70% or better in all practice activities, knowing this will translate to games.

Action Steps: 

Process: This means focusing on my body positioning from approach through the contact, practicing the different types of crosses (curved, driven or along the ground) giving equal repetition to both feet, instinctively complimenting a teammates run with leading cross.

Step 1. Focus on the proper driven technique with Weak Foot against a net or wall three times per week.

Step 2. Deliver 20 moving ball crosses, from each side and into an approaching partner three times per week

Step 3. Visualize successful crosses that result in goals for 5 minutes every day. Can you visualize the specific details of the cross, plant foot location, striking position on the ball and foot?

Step 4. Watch several soccer matches and note the techniques of skillful wingers and wide defenders.

Step 5. Visualize successful crosses that result in goals for 5 minutes every day.