What is the definition of Success?

A dictionary definition: An event that accomplishes its intended purpose.

If you are a coach, say of an age group somewhere between 6-12, what is your intended purpose?

Many who are coaching these age groups are living within a narrow definition of success that only includes winning. This can lead to an ego orientated climate that is typified by many professional coaches that work within the adult realm-winning at all costs. Again adult assumptions imposed on kids.

Success should be seen journey without an ultimate pinnacle but one that has many peaks. Even failures and mistakes should be seen as ways to success when working with this age group. At different periods of your coaching life as with different periods in a player’s career, success is and will be defined differently. But it is extremely important that the coach gets it right from the start. Kids need to learn the game as kids.

A healthy attitude to and a positive application of achievement goals will go a long way to creating a happy and motivated climate within your team.

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