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Food for Thought – April 2015

Program Evaluation
Dreams & Goals
Seven (7) Steps to Successful Goal Setting

Program Evaluation: A Key to Future Success

After a long season, coaches need to take some time off to recuperate and re‐charge their batteries. However, before doing so, while it is fresh in your mind, review, analyze and evaluate the past season. Basketball coaches, just like any other member of the teaching profession, need to evaluate their own program and personal performance. Personal evaluations are something that is generally disliked. However, they are vital to the improvement of any coach and basketball program, especially the self‐evaluations.

Examine exactly what was accomplished, what was successful, what was unsuccessful, what needs to be improved in the coming year, what was outside of your control and how can it be prevented in the future? To improve you must ask and answer hard questions. Then use this information to set goals and objectives for the coming season. Remember, if you are not improving, your opponents are!

Communication

Staff Communication
Player Communication
Parent Communication
Teaching Methods

Master Plan & Playbook

Offense: What work and what did not work. Why?
Defenses: What work and what did not work. Why?
Situations: What work and what did not work. Why?
Player Development: What work and what needs improvement?
Schedule

Player Personnel

Goal is to replace every player. Note: Players can replace themselves with improvement.
Returning Players? Needs?
Off season player development program
Organization & leadership of feeder programs.

Preseason Preparation & Practices

Tryouts & Squad Selection
Establishing Player Roles
What needs to be taught better?
In-Season player development

Game preparation

Statistical Analysis
Video Review
Scouting

Game Adjustments

Rotations & Substitutions
Time outs
Clock Management
Coaching through adversity

Self Improvement

Organizing all of your drills along with your offensive and defensive schemes in writing.
Conferring with successful coaches especially on your level of coaching
Attending Clinics, Seminars, & basketball camps
Learning more about teaching methods and learning
Going online to websites such as HoopTactics

To view/print HoopTactics’  Total Program Evaluation  (Program Review, Coach Self-Evaluations, Player Evaluations, Support Staff ) forms  – Click Here

 

 Total Program Review Essential to Successful Goal Setting

Success is not by chance or luck. Successful people have learned the value of setting specific goals and focusing their efforts toward achieving them. “Goals are the bridges that allow you to cross from DREAMS to REALITY.” A coach or program “without goals is like a ship without a rudder.” Goals are what give direction to physical and mental training and improvement. They are the basis of self-motivation and the foundation of all achievements. However, goals must be personal and program specific. Something that you, personally, want and have a strong desire to pursue and achieve. It is because of this intense, personal desire to reach goals that will push you through adversity to success.

Accomplishing goals and making dreams come true is incredibly satisfying. However, it is the journey, not the destination, that is the most important and rewarding part of dreams. You, as a coach, must never stop improving and making it a goal to get better each and every day in some small way. Daily improvements eventually add up to huge gains. They should always keep moving forward setting new goals and dreaming new dreams. You may never reach your ultimate, long term dream. However, this is irrelevant. The important thing is that you will become like your dreams.

Have high ambitions, but not expectations. High expectations can only lead to big disappointments. While, on the other hand, high ambitions never get disappointed and are the basis to all success. You and your teams must stay ambitious, making every day the best it can be. One day at a time. The best and most productive place to be is in the present. Too much time thinking about the past causes regret. Too much thinking about the future causes worry.

Seven Steps to Successful Goal Setting

“If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know how to get there.”

To accomplish your goals you first need to know how to set them. You can’t simply say, “I want to” and expect it to happen. Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it.  Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your game, it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.

#1: Set Goals that Motivate You

Motivation is the key factor to achieving goals. When you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you. This means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome or if they are irrelevant, the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim to none.

#2: Set Relevant Goals

Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an “I must do this” attitude. In keeping goals meaningful, you will develop the necessary focus you need to get ahead and do what you want. Without this type of focus, you will end up with inconsistent and fragment goals that will only “dribble away” or squander your time and efforts.

#3: Set Attainable Goals

Make sure that it’s possible to achieve the goals you set. If you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, you will only demoralize yourself and erode your confidence. However, resist the urge to set goals that are too easy. Accomplishing a goal that you didn’t have to work hard for can be anticlimactic. However, by setting realistic and challenging goals, you hit the balance you need. These are the types of goals that require you to “raise the bar” and they bring the greatest personal satisfaction.

#4: Set Specific and Measurable Goals

Your goals must be clear and well defined. Vague or generalized goals are unhelpful because they don’t provide sufficient direction. Your goals need to show you the way. Make it as easy as you can to get where you want to go by defining precisely where you want to end up.

Be sure to set goals that you have control over. Goals such as making all-league, all-state, or all-American you have no control over. Include precise totals, percentages, quantities, etc. in your goal setting so you can measure your degree of success. If your goal is set without a way to measure your success, you will miss out on the celebration that comes with knowing you have actually achieved your goal.

#5: Set Time-Limited Goals

Your goals must have deadlines or time frames. Again, this means that you know when you can celebrate success. When you are working on a deadline, your sense of urgency increases and achievement will come that much quicker. Group your goals into immediate, short term and long term.

Immediate goals: Specific goals aimed at a specific event or competition occurring today or within a week.

Short term or intermediate goals: May be specific or less defined that require several steps to achieve. Time frame is usually within six months or a season.

Long term goals are your “Dream” or career goals that you wish to achieve. Usually takes years or a lifetime to accomplish.

#6: Set Goals in Writing

Goals are the foundation of your motivation, achievements, and success. Therefore, goal setting is much more than simply saying or thinking what you want to happen. Unless you clearly define exactly what you want and understand why you want it the first place, your odds of success are considerably reduced.

The physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might”. Create a goal “To Do” list. Post your goals in visible places to remind yourself every day of what it is you intend to do and accomplish.

#7: Create a Plan of Action and Stick With it.

This step is often missed in the process of goal setting. You get so focused on the outcome that you forget to plan all of the steps that are needed along the way. By writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal. This is especially important if your goal is big, demanding, or long-term.

Remember, goal setting is a constant, ongoing activity not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. As time goes by, your intermediate and long term goals will evolve into short term or immediate goals. Some goals will be achieved, while others will be modified or replaced. The important thing is that you will always have direction.

Caution: Setting goals, like potential energy, is useless until action is taken to implement and achieve them.