"Sample Character Development Plan"
CHAMP Mission: To act as a catalyst to help coaches deliver a character focused athletic experience and reinforce a positive character foundation in our student-athletes which will serve them not only now but as they become adults, parents, coaches, and leaders in our community. Guide to Developing a Simple Character Development Plan (CDP) GOAL: To create a simple, effective, character development program (CDP). This is just a template to help you develop your own CDP. We encourage you to develop your own plan by using this tool and the examples from the CHAMP website at http://www.champfc.com/cdp.html. The ideal plan will be one that makes sense to you. Remember, your goal as a youth coach is to not only foster these young athletes’ athletic development but also to help develop their character. Creating Your CDP Step 1: Identify Traits Identify the “attributes of good character” that you want to see displayed by your players, coaches and parents. Below is a list of Character attributes to help you get started (a glossary is provided). Tip: Pick 3 from which your team could benefit. Respect Accountability Motivation Perseverance Determination Loyalty Responsibility Enthusiastic Punctuality Honor Humility Endurance Courage Obedience Honesty Step 2: Define Traits Define what these traits mean to you and what you expect from your team community (players, parents, coaches) For example: Courage – Always do the right thing, regardless of the difficulty How the student athlete shows courage: By being willing to stand alone for what he/she believes is right, true, or just By believing that good character will always produce the best long-term outcome By doing what needs to be done before being asked Step 3: Implement Traits Put the three character traits on the triangle, one on each side (i.e. Courage, Honor, Accountability) Explain for your team, parents, and coaches what the traits mean to you; why you chose them Define your expectations in regard to each character trait as they apply to each person involved with the team Focus on one trait per practice or per week. However much time you feel is necessary to properly teach each character trait. Once you have taught all three character traits simply put three new traits in the triangle and start the process over. Depending on the length of your season and your coaching style, you may only get three or fifteen traits completed. CHAMP Mission: To act as a catalyst to help coaches deliver a character focused athletic experience and reinforce a positive character foundation in our student-athletes which will serve them not only now but as they become adults, parents, coaches, and leaders in our community. CDP Example Courage – Always do the right thing, regardless of the difficulty How the student athlete shows courage: By being willing to stand alone for what he/she believes is right, true, or just By believing that good character will always produce the best long-term outcome By doing what needs to be done before being told Honor – Respect everyone, including yourself How the student athlete shows honor: By listening to coaches, teachers, officials, parents, and others in authority By not lying, cheating, or stealing By putting the interests of the team and the community it represents ahead of self By seeing correction as an opportunity to learn Accountability – Take responsibility for what you do, be honest and cooperative, display sportsmanship How the student athlete shows accountability: By knowing and doing what is expected, even if it means unexpected sacrifice By always working hard and doing her/his best By following instructions By being a self-starter and keeping commitments By accepting the consequences and making amends when he/she makes a mistake or does the wrong thing Courage Honor Accountability Glossary Respect Knowing that all individuals, including yourself, deserve your positive attention Responsibility Knowing and doing what is expected of me Perseverance Continuing to act despite adversity Honor Respecting others because of the higher authorities they represent Courage Always do the right thin, regardless of the difficulty Accountability Taking responsibility for what you do, be honest and cooperative, display sportsmanship Determined Purposing to accomplish right goals at the right time, regardless of the opposition Enthusiastic Expressing joy in each task as I give it my best effort Humility Acknowledging that achievement results from the investment of others in my life Obedience Quickly and cheerfully carrying out the direction of those who are responsible for me Initiative Recognizing and doing what needs to be done before I am asked to do it Loyalty Using difficult times to demonstrate my commitment to those I serve Punctuality Showing esteem for others by doing the right thing at the right time Endurance The inward strength to withstand stress and do my best Honesty Showing respect for others by being honest and forthcoming of my thoughts and feelings We want to provide as much support to you as you need. Please do not hesitate to contact us. CHAMP Anna Dickerson, Program Coordinator 1501 Academy Court, Suite 203 (970) 416-6316 P.O. Box 271427 (970) 218-0020 – mobile Fort Collins, CO 80527 email@example.com