Give Your Athletes Your Best with a Great Athlete Evaluation
Performance evaluations and feedback are important in all aspects of life. In schools, students are graded on daily homework and weekly exams. In the workplace, there are continuous performance reviews. But with sports, there aren’t any legislative standards or financial metrics to be graded on, which has created a grey area on best practices and techniques on how to effectively provide constructive feedback to develop athletic skills. Here are some helpful tips and recommendations to help your athletes accelerate in their respective sports.
Let’s start with the basics…
Goals of Feedback and Sports Evaluations & Why They’re Important
First, I think it’s important to understand the goals of providing feedback and athlete evaluations. Dr. Denise Wood summarizes these goals in three key areas:
Motivate and encourage
Reinforce good performances/discourage poor performances
Speed up improvement
Remember, this isn’t about you – it’s about the athlete. Your job as a coach is to let each athlete know where they need improvements and how they can get there, all while boosting their confidence and keeping them engaged in the sport. Sounds easy, right? So where do you start?
Four Areas to Focus Development:
While there are many areas of each sport you can focus on, they all boil down to four categories, and you should tailor specifics based on the sport you coach.
Technical. Relates to the basic and most practical motions, like throwing motions, passing technique, hand-eye coordination, ball control, etc.
Tactical. Relates to the thought process of the game, like anticipation, reading the play and knowing when to perform certain actions.
Physical. Relates to stamina, quickness, power, strength, etc.
Character. Relates to leadership, coachability, attitude, communication, determination, etc.
Tips to Give An Athlete Evaluation Fit for the Next LeBron was first published at http://blog.getupperhand.com