In this season of skill development clinics and tournaments, summer is a perfect time to look ahead for the Fall Youth Soccer season and set goals. This information is not new, but a good way to look at goal setting is to set S.M.A.R.T. goals, as described below:
S – Specific: Goals should be specific as possible. For example, instead of, “I want to make more goals”, it can be “I want to increase my goal scoring by 10% this upcoming season.”
M – Measurable: Goals should be measurable. Looking at stats can show improvement in one area, such as assists.
A – Attainable: This is important. Goals should be set so that one can attain them in the time period that is set in #1 (Specific)
R – Realistic: Goals should be realistic. For example, it would be unrealistic for me to say that I want to compete in the World triathlon championships, because I have been retired from racing for three years. You get the idea.
T – Trackable: If you set a goal that is measurable, then you need to track the progress. Again, accurate stat keeping is an easy way to do this. There are a number of online software programs, such as TeamSnap, that can help you track results.
Here is to SMART training and goal setting!
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