Sport Psych (Video): The Goal-Setting Poster Exercise

Sport Psych (Video):
The Goal-Setting Poster Exercise

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

The following exercise will help athletes establish general goals for the year and also get them thinking about how to help their teammates realize their goals - which is part of being a good teammate and is a great way to improve team cohesion.

How to Organize
In a group setting, give each girl two slips of paper and a pencil. On the slips of paper, have them write down the answers to the following:

  1. What do you want to accomplish this year?
  2. How are you going to help others achieve their goals?

Collect everybody's goals, then read them aloud and have someone record them on two sheets of bristol board - one sheet for each type of goal.

Examples of personal goals might include: Push myself; stay injury-free, control my nerves etc.

Examples of teammate goals might include: Train hard, set an example, encourage people in practice; maintain an up-beat attitude, etc.

Post the sheets in a visible place so your athletes can receive a reminder before every practice. Instruct them to focus on one thing from each sheet in every practice ?session.

To see a demonstration of the
Goal Setting Poster exercise, watch the video below:

Reference:Nicole Dubuc, Laurentian University Cross-Country Running training camp, September, 2007.
Nicole is working on her PhD in Sport Psychology at the University of Ottawa, in Ontario.She was the Laurentian track/cross-country team's sport psychology consultant for three years.

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