Blueprint of a Champion Coach outline of implementation with a team Blueprint of a Champion the workbook is available online at the TCA website, tcavolleyball.com , is a “.pdf” document that is available free to all TCA players. Blueprint of a Champion The Blueprint of a Champion will help to develop the Complete Athlete in a clear and concise workbook that doubles as a road map for success on and off the court. Learning Objectives The objective of this workbook is to provide high school, club and collegiate athletes with concepts and ideas that can help them to develop the complete athlete, on and off the court. This workbook will discuss several important issues including athlete self-assessment, goal setting, character development, action planning, and tools for athletes to reach their goals. Volleyball may very well be the most important part of a student athlete’s life development; we need to treat it that way. Every player will receive a complimentary Blueprint of a Champion work book downloadable from the TCA Website. Key Points Vision of a dream: Creating a vision of a dream or desired outcome is in essence a goal. Are we limiting ourselves by not creating a vision, not dreaming of what we would like to become? Do we take the time, thought and effort to really look at what we would LOVE to accomplish? Questions: Is there a commitment to mediocrity in sports? Do athletes lack direction? Is there a sense of accountability throughout the season? Do athletes equate and understand that success on the court can equate to success off the court? Map / GPS: Are our athletes lost at sea? Do they lack they the GPS needed to find their way? The Blueprint will provide the needed life jacket for our athletes to swim to shore. Student Athlete Self Assessment: Who am I? Why do I play? What are my strengths and weaknesses? Where do I see myself in 2, 5, and 10 years? Choice / Responsibility: Why this is our greatest responsibility as coaches to ensure that we provide our athletes with tools to be successful long after they are finished playing volleyball. The Wooden Effect: Are the principles of teaching and character by legendary Coach John Wooden still present, needed or desired in athletics today? Passion: They won’t care how much we know, until they know how much we care. Volleyball is LIFE: “Volleyball has given me everything that I have.” “ These lessons that I learned from the game that I love have changed my life.” 7 Key Steps: Seven key steps to achieving all of your goals and dreams in volleyball and life. Taking action! Creating a detailed action plan for student-athletes on and off the court The Blueprint your partner: How utilizing the Blueprint of a Champion will help your players achieve their goals and dreams while ensuring them a map for success on and off the court. How to Implement the goal setting exercise, the workbook Blueprint of a Champion with your team Alow me to introduce myself, I am Bruce Powers, I can be thanked or blamed for anything and everything in the Blueprint of a Champion workbook. Part of the vision of TCA is to implement and teach life skills to our players. The “Blueprint” workbook is part of that vision. The most common refrain I hear from our coaches is “How do I get this thing going?” To help with getting the “Blueprint” going with all our teams I have put together this brief outline. The “Blueprint” started out 10 years ago as simple goal cards, and inspirational quotes. Each year I found there was more needed in order to teach the skill of goal setting. As coaches we have a great desire to see our player protégé’s achieve on the court, it becomes a big part of our life. The biggest point I would make is that goal setting not be a one time get it done exercise. The goal setting process should become a life long skill, and part of teaching that is it should become something that is routinely done with your team all season long, it should include: Completion of the workbook by the players; the journaling of small goals to be achieved at practice and the steps taken to realize these goals. It should include some visualization exercises led by the coach. It should also include team performance goals for tournaments. With the coach moderating and focusing, the team contributing and learning what performance goals are and how they should be set. Goals and the process of achievement should be focused on at some time before, during or after each practice. It could be a 3-5 minute period. Reviewing goal setting basics, team practice stats, some practices it may only be the act of checking on the athletes to determine that they are completing the exercise of writing their daily practice goals and journaling. Taking the time and showing an interest in the athlete’s progress will reinforce the fact that you care about each athlete and the goals and dreams they have. This can be done when reviewing practice goals, by making sure they have focused in on specific aspects of a skill, have a way of measuring their performance and have noted what to do the next practice that will help them realize their practice goals. These are concrete actions that help the athlete to find the best path to accomplish what they desire and an avenue for the coach to be supportive. As the author of the workbook I will explain the vision I have of implementation and then following this vision is a more concrete outline of chronological implementation. Hopefully, by doing both, this gives a more complete picture of how to accomplish this incredibly important process. Why I Do Goal setting with my team I am a motivated husband-father, coach and business person. I want to be associated with motivated athletes, family members and employees that want to be involved. The goal setting process helps individuals, short term and long term; it teaches valuable life skills, provides motivation and encourages each person to reach high. Action plans with intermediate goals help to develop a personal belief system in what is possible. When individual goals coincide with the goals of a group or team, a synergistic effect is created. Larger more complex goals are attainable. Individual goals and team goals feed of each other, energize and motivate the participants in a manner that creates a lot of excitement. I truly believe in the positive aspects of goal setting not just because of my own experiences, I have seen first hand the amazing things that are accomplished by people, once they start developing the habit of goal setting, that previously had no direction,. Timing of starting the process with teams At the outset of club practice, even before all teams are settled, my goal is to assign the first sections of the workbook (all the pages up to the Create and Own Your Vision) to be completed within the first month of practice. If this has not happened at exactly this timing, it does not matter. Just get started NOW! At the same time I want to get all the athletes on my team setting practice goals, starting with the first team practice. If you have not had them doing that yet, get them started on it today, the very next practice. I Instruct the players on each team to write a practice goal on the whiteboard where we all can see. I review with them whether the goals on the board are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable/Realistic with a Time frame; without getting critical of the goals they have chosen. Sometimes I have to focus them in on the fact the goal on the board is not a small practice goal but a much larger goal and they need to break the goal down into smaller baby steps so they can achieve something within a few practices and see progress towards their bigger goal. During this first month period usually after a week of putting goals on the white board, I get the athletes started on utilizing the “Practice Goals and Journaling” pages of the Blueprint workbook. This is done in conjunction with writing the goal on the whiteboard from then on. With high level 16’s and all 17’s and 18’s I instruct them to download and print out a more detailed “Practice Goals and Evaluation” document after they have been writing their practice goals down on the whiteboard for a week. (See last page of this document)They will use this form to write down their goals every practice. I use the whiteboard sometimes longer than a week with practice goals, to get them zeroed in on just exactly how they should be setting practice goals; that they are small, stair stepped goals. The specificity, the unit of measurement, the type (skill, mental, verbal, physical) and the time frame of a practice goal. I also check their goals/evaluation form each practice at the outset, then weekly as the season progresses. At the start of the second month of practice I assign the action plan portion of the workbook. I give them 7-10 days to get it done depending on the perceived load they have with school, practice etc. This usually is assigned just before the New Year, when most of the students have time available, if less time is available or it is later than the Christmas break then I give them 2 weeks to get it done. The other worksheets in the workbook are assigned incrementally, and the ideas of those worksheets are focused on at the time of the assignment. For example, Positive Self Talk; we will look to implement it in practice that day when we assign it and in the following practices, stressing positive thinking, self talk and encouraging their team mates. We zero in on practice goals that focus on it. Then we move on to the next worksheet. About 2 weeks before the first tournament we sit down as a team and talk about team performance goals for that upcoming tournament, how the individual performance goals work hand in hand to achieve the greater goal of the team. We usually discuss this for about 15-20 minutes. This is a high priority meeting that shows the team that goal setting is not just talked about and assigned, but utilized by the team and the coaching staff to focus efforts, motivate and show unity of direction. Meetings such as this take place prior to each subsequent tournament day and are usually shorter, about 10-15 minutes after a practice. They are very focused and usually start by reviewing our previous team performance goal and what is still needing to be accomplished. The following pages are a chronological order of implementation. Assign the Blueprint First assignment a) Have the players download and print out the Blueprint of a Champion from the TCA website. b) Download and print out “practicegoalseval.doc” attachment. c) Instruct the athletes to purchase a 3 ring binder at least 1 inch. d) Purchase a 5 divider pack. e) Label the 5 dividers and insert them into the binder in this order: Practice Goals/Eval Blueprint of a Champion workbook Team Goals Team Handouts and Charts Notes & contacts Second Assignment Practice Goals/Eval A )Instruct athletes to print out the Practice Goals and Eval document. b) Have them write in their practice goals on the top portion of the paper, before arriving to practice. c) Instruct the athletes to complete the practice evaluation portion after practice on their own time. d) Have them do one paper for each practice. e) Check their GOALS to be certain they are specific, measurable, and have a time component. f) Have them open their binders and show you their goals for practice each day, at any time; before, during or after practice, when they do you should see they have completed the practice evaluation from the prior practice. Third Assignment Self evaluation, Why I play. Reflect with them on why it is important to do self analysis. Relate a story about how critical self analysis has helped you the coach to become better at things you do in relationships, business, professional career, coaching. Have the athletes do the self analysis in the work book and let them know how important this step is. Fourth Assignment Create the Vision Have the athletes read the blueprint and complete the portions of the workbook up to “create and own your vision” Challenge the Athletes to DREAM! If the world were perfect, what are your dreams, desires, what would your life look like? Review with the athletes, A vision brings passion, desire and motivation to their life. It gives them a big WHY for what they do. How big can they make their WHY? The bigger the dream the bigger the WHY. Fifth Assignment Make deadline for the athletes to complete the next two sections, usually about a 7 to 10 day period of time. Allows for reflection and subconscious thought on their vision and analysis prior to getting down to the nuts and bolts of assembling a action plan for the here and now. Blueprint Your Goals - Individual Goals Worksheet Blueprint the Action Plan – A Bias for Action Worksheet Sixth Assignment Assign each work sheet to be done by a certain date. Believe in Your Success – Worksheet Power of Language – Self Talk – Worksheet Beliefs of a Champion – Worksheet Become a Champion – Foundation to Pinnacle Seventh Assignment Nutritional Awareness Training worksheet and exercise No judgment, just an exercise for them to become aware of what they eat and drink. On Going exercises Monitoring the practice goals and evaluations: Make sure the goals are SMART (Specific, measurable, Attainable-Realistic, there is a TIME component or due date, when they want to accomplish the goal) Visualization exercises with the team. Lead visualization of skills, emotion of play, system of play with your team for 5 minutes, once per week. Usually we do this in the middle of practice, sometimes at the end of practice, other times prior to practice. Sometimes we lead this exercise at tournaments during down time. If unsure about leading visualization then consult some resources. Utilize techniques from the book by Kenneth Baum on training mental toughness or any other resource like Terry Orlick’s book about the psychology of a winner, Ranier Martens book about sport psychology. Speak to players every practice about a life skill. Find something in practice and relate it to life, work, school, business, family, relationships. Develop their passion for achievement. Encourage and congratulate all achievement. Instruct your athletes to reward themselves when they reach any stair stepped goal. Pat themselves on the back, so to speak. Baby Steps: Review stair steps, small things, completing small details, builds up to great achievement. TEAM Goals Create team performance goals, prior to each tournament Create team stats goals for a period of practices. Then focus on the little things to accomplish the goals. Have the players more involved than the coach in creating these goals. The coach guides. Practice Goals Name: Date ___/___/___ TCA 18’s Skill technique specific goals to focus on today: Emotional/Mental/Behavioral skill goals to focus on at practice today: Tactical / play goals to focus on Offense: Defense Goals: Verbal communication I will work on today: Practice Evaluation 1) Was I fully prepared, mentally, emotionally to get better today? 2) What were my coaches correcting me most on? Why? Was this the first time I received instruction on this? 3) What do I need to focus on doing to improve on these skills? 4) Am I doing all the little things (ALWAYS cover, talking, engaging players, getting to base quickly, Eye-work on defense, etc.) to make the team better? If not, how can I be better at this? 5) What Skills/Behavior/Mental skills did I really improve on since our last practice? 6) How would I rate my play? (1-10) Improved execution of skills___, receptiveness to coaching___, Awareness of what my technique is___, Awareness of when I am not completing technique correctly___, Physical effort___, Mental and emotional toughness___, Body language___, Vocalization during play___. 7) What affect did I have on my team Today? Positive, neutral, negative? Did I play a role in making the team better ?
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