Last week High Impact Sports held a Personal Goal Achievement Workshop for our Fastpitch club. During the workshop, players were instructed on the key aspects of success and the fundamentals of setting and pursuing goals. Our players set goals across the four categories below. Within each goal players were instructed on developing the key initiatives for achieving them. With the right tools, youth athletes can leverage attitude, character, and capacity to drive personal growth through goal achievement.
In order to help our players set a baseline and chart their athletic goals, each player was given an evaluation report using our MasterFlow Scorecard™. Our report breaks down each player’s skill level into smaller micromeasures. By identifying areas of strength and key areas for improvement, players can plan initiatives for their Fastpitch training including number of training sessions attended, batting average and if applicable, pitching ERA.
Our player’s overall academic goal is centered around college preparation and acceptance. In order to achieve this goal, players set initiatives including GPA goals, ACT/SAT scores, listed colleges they are interested in applying to and determined college coursework they may be interested in for a prospective major.
3. Fundraising through Sports Angels
Our non-profit organization provides our players with opportunities to offset their club fees through fundraising activities. More details on Sports Angels are included below.
Players were given the option of creating a personal goal outside of school and sports. In our workshop, players learned how coaches and trainers can act as “spring boards” to help them progress holistically as a person.
Moving forward, our coaches will periodically review our players’ progress across their various goals. Realizing our mission of every player achieving their full potential in life requires long term commitment from players, coaches, and families. We look forward to watching our players achieve their goals while progressing as athletes and young adults!
Example of our Masterflow Scorecard™
Uplifting One Athlete at a Time
Through fundraising opportunities, we help make the lifelong benefits of youth athletics more accessible for a wider range of participants. Our team is working towards adding new products available for purchase, and new fundraising programs for our players. Stay tuned for more updates on our progress!
Setting Up Players for Success
In order to help our players fully utilize Sport Angels, each player has developed fundraising goals and detailed steps for achieving them. During our Goal Achievement Workshop, players completed a business plan to help them generate funds through organized fundraising events and Sports Angels product distribution. With the right support and structure, players can make substantial contributions to the cost of their developmental programs.
How Sports Angels Has Benefited High Impact Fastpitch Players
“It’s been great to see our girls participate in Sports Angels opportunities. Several of our players have made significant progress in offsetting their club fees. Last week our team created individual game plans for the remainder of the season, and our players are excited to see what they can accomplish this year!”
– Madeline Bianchi, Assistant General Manager of High Impact Sports
Positive Coaching Alliance Resource from Board of Directors Member Mark Setterstrom
PCA National Advisory Board Member Carol Dweck is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.
Failure is an inevitable aspect of competition, but with the right mindset it can be an opportunity for growth. Persevering through adversity is one of the best lessons youth athletes can learn from participating in sports. Parents and families can help their players understand and grow from failure by working together to make it a learning opportunity.
In this clip, Dweck explains that the way adults react to failures, whether their own or their children, will transmit to their child’s mindset about how they should handle failure. She states that parents need to address it, and not ignore by “treating it as a natural part of the process, and together, learning from it.”