December 27, 2021
Are you a coach who is looking for a way to set goals and make plans to have a winning season for your athletes? Are you a parent interested in helping your child build a strong season in their sport? Do you work with an athlete in some way and want to help them be at their best?
I’ve been an athlete, a coach, and a parent, and I want to help.
Maybe you’re not great at keeping a planner or writing out your goals. Or you want a way to combine team goals and an athlete’s individual goals to help keep them accountable. Maybe you just need an all-in-one system for making a plan and keeping goals that won’t become confusing and overwhelming as the season goes on.
Sometimes it’s nice to have a clear roadmap for success
I’ve been where you’ve been. Not only are teams more empowered throughout the season, they also win championships.
Anyone who has been around organized sports will tell you that winning seasons don’t just happen. You have to make them happen. It’s not enough to show up to practices and games. You have to dial your team in. Pinpoint strengths and weaknesses. You have to mesh personalities. Keep everyone healthy. You have to succeed on and off the court.
Whether you’re a coach, athlete, parent, or another professional working with athletes, it’s important to have a system in place that will make you better. If you don’t, you won’t win. You won’t get better. You won’t reach your potential. And that’s why goal setting and having a planner is important.
It’s the difference between saying, “I want to learn a new language,” and buying the books, scheduling the classes, and making time to practice. Anyone can say they want a winning season, it’s a whole other thing to make a plan for how you’re going to get there.
I’m a coach’s kid who grew up running on a scuffed gym floor in Wyoming — the child of a volleyball coach. I was a multisport athlete in high school, and went on to play volleyball in college.
I feel competition in my blood. Game nights at my house are not for the faint of heart! As an athlete, coach, parent, and the child of a coach, I’ve seen every different kind of season you can see — good and bad. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t when it comes to a game plan for a winning season.
I’m now a mom of three girls, volleyball club director, PN1 nutrition coach, and I’m currently starting a varsity volleyball program from the ground up, so most of my spare time is spent in the gym with teenage girls. While many people feel intimidated or overwhelmed with the idea of working with teenage girls, I absolutely love it. The personalities, the attitudes, the drive… everything.
I go into each season with an ironclad plan — open to flexibility and curveballs, of course. I have team goals, goals for each player, and goals for me as the coach. There are season plans, monthly plans, weekly plans, and daily check-ins. I involve my players so they are accountable for their own goals. There are health and fitness in these goals, using the information from The Fueled Athlete and implementing my Pow(HER) Method.
The key is involving each player in my planning, so that each one of us knows our role in leading to a winning season.
Whether you’re an athlete, coach, or parent, there are things you can do to ensure success when it comes to any given sport. It’s all about setting your own goals, working every day to get there, and tracking your progress. You’ll need to take in the small details and the big picture at the same time.
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The key to setting your own goals and making your own plans that will lead to a winning season is to make a plan and keep it fluid. It’s the delicate balance between having structure but keeping some wiggle room.
But my BIGGEST TIP in goal setting with success, is including health and fitness goals within your planning.
Coaches, parents, and athletes alike all tend to focus on one thing when I talk about setting goals and making plans to reach a winning season: the sport. I mean it is the main idea here, right? To win the sport. But it’s just as important to focus on all the things within the layers of the sport. Those things include food, sleep, movement, menstrual cycles, mindset, recovery, teamwork, etc.
It’s not just about practice and games. It’s about everything else, too. It can be hard to add those details into your planning, but I promise it’s a game changer!
Here are three common misconceptions about including health, fitness, and mindset goals in your goal setting and planning each season:
There are plenty of misconceptions when it comes to planning a winning season. One of them is that the health of each player — both mentally and physically — is a secondary worry. But adding these elements into your goal setting will absolutely set you apart from every other team.
I love making plans and setting goals for myself, for my girls, and for the athletes I coach. I love seeing things come together as much as I love troubleshooting things that don’t work out. It’s all a puzzle that I know I can solve due to meticulous tracking in my planning process. Mostly, I’m highly competitive! And this process makes me better.
My top tips for setting goals and making plans are:
I could probably write 100 more tips here, but these are the big ones. Accountability, the willingness to pivot, and celebrating wins are all paramount in reaching a willing season through setting goals and making plans.
Right now you may be feeling sort of lost on where to start.
How do I start planning? What do I write down?
Don’t worry, I got you!
My Winning Season Planner has all of this information and more!
It’s easy-to-use, printable, and customizable! You can print off as many as you need for each player. PLUS, it’s something you can use year after year to have the BEST chance at a winning season!
It’s an approved system that I really use as an athlete, parent, and coach.
Whether you’re a parent, coach, athlete, or someone who works with athletes in some way, I know this planner will help. I know because I’ve been there.
It’s time to finally have a system for planning and goal setting that really works. Gone are the days of having goal sheets scattered all over or forgotten about. No more bad practices or competitions due to consistent under-eating, under-sleeping and under-hydrating. When we know better, we do better.
It’s time to reach your winning season!
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