Set Responsible Sports Goals

By Steven Embree | Feb. 03, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

Brought to you by the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance 

One of the most valuable life lessons that youth sports can teach our kids is the concept of how to set, pursue, and achieve goals, and how to deal with the times when we fall short.

Both Responsible Sport Parents and Coaches can help their kids learn how to set goals.


100-Point Exercise

For parents, the experts at Positive Coaching Alliance recommend what they call the 100-Point Exercise as a great way to kick off a discussion of goals.  What’s a 100-Point Exercise?

What Types of Goals To Set

With the 100-Point Exercise in hand, you and your child can now craft specific goals for the season. 

As a Responsible Sport Parent, try to emphasize goals that pertain to the “life lessons” aspects of sports. Which life lessons should you focus on?

Celebrate Success

At the end of the season, pull out that 100-Point Exercise sheet and remind your athlete that, regardless of the win-loss record, they achieved their goals that they set out for themselves.  They learned a new skill, made a new friend, and had fun during the season.  Celebrate their successes!


Setting Goals

Responsible Sport Coaches embrace the idea that coaches have two goals: Winning on the field and winning off the field by learning life lessons from sports.

At the beginning of the season, Responsible Coaches gather their team to discuss and set goals.  Consider an exercise where each player, individually, writes down on an index card what their goals are for the team for the season.  Then write everyone’s responses on the board and get to a concise list that everyone agrees will be the team goals for the season.  After that, work one on one with your athletes to set individual goals.

Pursuing Goals

One way to manage the pursuit of goals is to keep in mind the equation S=E/T (Success Equals Effort Over Time).  Learn more about S=E/T!

Achieving Goals...or Not

It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to work hard and achieve a goal. It can be a horrible feeling to work hard and fall short. What’s a great way to help your athletes experience and process this range of emotions?

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, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance, 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. Join the Responsible Sports movement!

In an effort to benefit millions of youth athletes, parents and coaches, this article is among a series created exclusively for partners in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports program, powered by Positive Coaching Alliance.

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