Evaluating Progress Midseason

How do you evaluate the progress of your athlete’s midseason? 
How do you evaluate yourself? 

Coach/Entraîneure: Dasa Leli Photo: Andre Forget (CAC/ACE)

Evaluating Progress Midseason – (Written by Coach E. & Coach D.)

We can sometimes get bogged down in our training maps, yearly training plans, and even with all the planning in the world things still can go array. With any good plan though comes even better evaluation and feedback reporting to track that plan. As we ring in the New Year, now is a great time to evaluate how the season is unfolding for your athletes, parents, and oneself.

  1. Your Athletes

I use this opportunity to provide each athlete with a print out of their performance. With numerous competitions completed up to this point, I sit down one-on-one with my athletes and review their performances in relation to their goal set at the beginning of the year. We review practice logs and training habits along with competition performance and determine if the SMART goal needs to be re-set or is on track to be achieved. It is a great opportunity to highlight how far someone has come since the beginning of the year and learn what challenges they are facing.

2. Your Parents 

We all know that parents, athletes and coaches make up the triangle of success. The mid season evaluation is just as pertinent to the parents as it is to the athlete.

I make a point to inform the parents in my monthly newsletter that I am having one-on-one meetings with the athletes and providing them with a printout of their progress. It’s as much about evaluating an athlete’s progress as it is providing parents with essential information on their child’s progress. Parents want to know their athlete is being treated fairly and provided with opportunities to succeed. Keeping them in the loop and showing that their child is progressing and has goals for the remainder of the year keeps parents informed as part of the ladder to success.

3. Yourself

It is the learning and growing you do as a coach that can have the biggest positive impact on your athlete’s performance throughout the remainder of the season. I make a point to sit down with my colleagues and discuss not only the progress of the program, but me as an individual. Are there things we could or should be doing differently? Are there things I can be doing differently? What coaching strategies have been successful in training and competition thus far? Remember that as fast as time flies, this time also serves as a reminder to you of just how far your athletes have come.

Although we would love to just sit back and relax and watch those plans come to fruition, unfortunately our amazing jobs don’t come that easy. But hey it’s true in what they say; if it was easy everyone would be doing it!

Do you have a midseason evaluation? How do you monitor and evaluate your athlete’s midseason? What tips do you have to evaluate yourself?