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Goal Setting for Sports and Athletics

Improving Athletic Performance Through the Use of Goals - a Course for Coaches and Athletes
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Created by Kevin Sivils
Last updated 4/2014
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Goals are powerful motivating tools, providing athletes and teams with direction, focus, a reason to commit and a means to evaluate their performance. Goals allow athletes and teams to deal with adversity, adapt and persevere, to continue to be motivated even when events do not turn out as planned. Unfortunately, the mental side of sports is often overlooked by coaches and athletes alike.

Goal setting, when done properly helps athletes and teams tap their potential to its fullest. Properly established and utilized goals not only motivate, but provide athletes and teams with a constant source of direction and feedback, allowing for a constant, steady improvement and the best opportunity for achieving at a high level.

Goal Setting for Sport: Learning the Ins and Outs of Using Goals to Improve Athletic Performance is a course designed to make the goal setting process as simple as possible as well as providing understanding and insight into how and why the goal setting process works.

Lessons contain a narrated video, action steps and thought questions, all designed to guide a coach or athletes through the process of successfully establishing meaningful goals that will lead to athletic success.

Who is the target audience?
  • Athletes of any sport who wish to enhance their performance through the use of goals and proper goal setting methods.
  • Coaches of any sport who wish to enhance the performance of their team or individual athletes through the use of proper goal setting methods.
  • Any individual who desire to learn more about the goal setting process as it relates to sports and athletic competition.
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What Will I Learn?
Students will have an understanding of the principles of goal setting as applied to sport and athletic competition.
Students will be able to apply goal setting concepts appropriately and manage the process of setting, monitoring and evaluating their own goals.
Students will be able to identify and avoid common errors in the goal setting process.
Students who are coaches will be able to successfully guide their team and/or individual athletes through the goal setting process.
Students who are athletes will have a better understanding about using goals and goal setting as a tool for self-motivation and controlling and guiding improvement of skills and performance.
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  • Students need only to have access to a computer, the internet and a desire to learn and improve.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 11 Lectures Collapse All 11 Lectures 01:12:27
How and Why Goal Setting Works
4 Lectures 21:10

A short summary of common types of goals that athletes and coaches may use in the goal setting process.

Preview 03:16

This lesson examines the ways goals influence the actions and motivation of athletes.

Preview 04:14

Crafting a precise statement of Overriding Purpose is essential to a successful goal setting program. This lesson covers the principles of creating an Overriding Purpose.

Preview 11:23
The Goal Setting Process - Crafting Effective Goals
4 Lectures 26:58

Lesson Five examines the steps necessary to create effective goals.

Guidelines for Effective Goal Setting

Common Goal Setting Errors

Putting Goals Into Action

Lesson Eight examines guidelines for writing effective goals.

Tips for Writing Effective Goals
Making Goals Work for Everyone
3 Lectures 24:19

This lesson covers best practices for athletes to use in the goal setting process.

Goal Setting Procedures for Athletes

This lesson covers best practices for coaches to use in guiding their athletes and teams in the goal setting process.

Goal Setting Procedures for Coaches

Individual and team goals can be a source of conflict. With careful guidance and considerable thought, goals can be established that meet the needs of both and create a positive environment that will lead to more success, both for the individual athletes and the team.

Aligning Individual and Team Goals
About the Instructor
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Longtime Sports Coach and Athletic Administrator

A 29 year veteran of the coaching profession, with twenty-two of those years spent as a varsity head coach, Coach Kevin Sivils amassed 479 wins and his teams earned berths in the state play-offs 19 out of 22 seasons with his teams advancing to the state semi-finals three times.

An eight time Coach of the Year Award winner, Coach Sivils has traveled as far as the Central African Republic to conduct coaching clinics.Coach Sivils first coaching stint was as an assistant coach for his college alma mater, Greenville College, located in Greenville, Illinois.

Coach Sivils also holds a M.S. in Sport Psychology from Louisiana State University and is the author of over 20 books in topics related to coaching.

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