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Goal Setting with your Youth Athlete

07/28/2014, 11:15am EDT
By USAHockey.com

Sports offer kids a unique opportunity to set, manage, and strive for personal goals in a fun and constructive environment, but they can’t do it alone.

Youth athletes need the support of coaches and parents to establish effort-focused and outcome-focused goals that allow them to test their respective limits, learn from individual challenges, and realize personal victories.

But just as no two kids are alike, no two players possess the same goals. When it comes to guiding kids along the path to personal greatness, the right tool can make a powerful difference in helping them realize their full potential. Liberty Mutual Insurance Responsible Sports, in partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance, developed the 100-Point Exercise as a tool to help youth athletes establish individual goals and achieve new personal bests.

How it works

With 100 points to allocate to individual objectives for the upcoming season, parents are encouraged to sit down with their youth athlete as they assign a point value to a series of potential goals. Whether a youth athlete is interested in having fun, becoming a better athlete, making friends, or accomplishing all of these things and more, the 100-Point Exercise helps athletes identify and prioritize their goals for maximum personal development.

Parents can also write down their goals for their youth athlete’s upcoming season.  When you are both finished share them with each other. You might be surprised at the similarities and differences. What we like best about this exercise is the amount and type of conversation it can create between you and your child.

Why it works

Designed to encourage youth athletes to play with purpose, the 100-Point Exercise serves as a visual model to help set goals that can be easily referenced throughout the season especially when  encouraging reminders are needed. Additionally, recorded goals assist parents and coaches in developing supportive strategies to help guide each player to personal victory.

Download our 100-Point Exercise tool today to get started on planning goals for the upcoming season.

At Liberty Mutual Insurance, we constantly look for ways to celebrate the countless acts of responsibility and integrity 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 good sportsmanship. We believe kids can learn valuable life lessons when coaches and parents come together to support winning on and off the field.

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.

©2014 Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Positive Coaching Alliance. All rights reserved. This material may not be distributed without express written permission. Any reproduction in whole or part by and individuals or organizations will be held liable for copyright infringement to the full extent of the law.

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