2019_20 C.O.E. and P.A. Goal Setting

2019_20 Center of Excellence and Performance Academy GOAL Setting

As the seasons rounds into form it is a great time to gather feedback, reflect and bring awareness to performance throughout this Fall’s practices, games and off the field efforts. This observation should be the first step to narrow what skill sets to focus on this off season. What skills or situational plays could have been more consistent, stronger or what new skill sets would have allowed for a greater opportunity in play?

The goal setting will take 20-30 minutes and cannot be saved. Please make sure to have ample time to finish in on seating.

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

We want to make sure that each goal can be a “SMART” goal and can be acted upon in the Center of Excellence time frame and teaching. To get the most out of the 19_20 Coerver Goals please review below before filling out Goals Form Online.

2019_20 Center of Excellence Goals Link 

2019_20 Performance Academy Goals Link 

Why is goal setting important?

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

  1. Providing direction.
  2. Providing feedback.
  3. Motivation; providing a daily purpose and building confidence

Basic Tips for Effective Goal Setting

SMART GOALS: A simple SMART goal outline: More online here

  • S – Specific – What exactly will you accomplish?
  • M – Measurable – How will you know when you have reached this goal?
  • A – Achievable – Is achieving this goal realistic with effort and Commitment? Can Coerver’s individual skill set teachings help you achieve this goal? Do you have the resources to achieve this goal? If not how will you get them?
  • R –Relevant – Why is this goal significant to your soccer game?
  • T – Timely – When will this goal be achieved? Can it be achieved in Coerver COE or PA time frame?

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. More experienced players will need more precise goals around specific skills sets.

Recommendations for Goal Setting

Types of Goals

Performance goals are related to various benchmarks and 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 is second guessing or not taking a shot when a weak foot opportunity comes up. He/She concludes that she needs to 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 raise your power differential between strong and weak foot from 70% to 85% over the winter sessions.  Can I exceed 40 MPH with my left foot when we test Shooting Power?

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 and may not be the best for your Coerver Goals. An outcome goal for some would be to have the best juggling score or highest power shot in your COE class at the end of the program.

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 growing towards a performance goal. For example, in addition to setting a Performance goal of increasing the power shot with weak foot, a forward may also set a Process goal to focus on the follow through and same technique throughout the shot with strong and weak foot.

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….

Action Steps

Action Steps are specific rules, habits and areas of extra focus that must be set to achieve your performance goals.  The action steps for the goal above “I want my weak footed power shot to improve to 85% of my right foot. I want my weak footed power shot average to be 40MPH”

  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 Words of Shooting in the back yard. I will focus on my follow through and plant foot 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, is my body over the ball and am I landing on my shooting foot.
    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 and PA GOAL Outline and Expectations 

  1. Players will fill out a Goal Setting Form starting October 9th answering brief questions involving the Qualities of a Great Athlete Players, Coerver Culture and skill set expectations.
  2. 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. The 2nd week of the COE we will send out an email with players goals to players/parents email to have a secondary accountability source.
  3. Within each goal players must outline two action steps he/she will take to accomplish this goal. Action steps will be used as benchmarks to periodically assess strengths/weaknesses allowing for adoption of a step to make sure goal will be accomplished. Goals can be checked quarterly with COE/PA Quarterly Report and Coaches notes.
  4. At the end of the Center of Excellence and Performance Academy, 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.