The 6 Essential Steps to Setting Meaningful Goals on Hudl

Successful pro­grams have clear goals that set expec­ta­tions and dri­ve team suc­cess. Check out how Hudl can help.

The 6 Essential Steps to Setting Meaningful Goals on Hudl

Successful pro­grams have clear goals that set expec­ta­tions and dri­ve team suc­cess. Check out how Hudl can help.

What are your program’s goals?

Every team in the coun­try could answer this ques­tion dif­fer­ent­ly. Some coach­es close­ly track their ini­tia­tives and put a high val­ue on suc­cess. But oth­ers set lofty expec­ta­tions at a team meet­ing before the sea­son and rarely ref­er­ence them again.

Take advan­tage of the pow­er of goals — chal­leng­ing yet attain­able bench­marks will help every piece of your pro­gram stay on the same page. 

Get start­ed with this check­list to set smart, reach­able goals, eas­i­ly track them on Hudl and keep every­one connected.

Pro tip: Consider using per­cent­ages over raw count­ing stats. Traditional sta­tis­tics don’t take pace of play into account, which can skew the data. Stats like pos­ses­sion per­cent­age and hit­ting per­cent­age give a more accu­rate view of performance.

Identify stats that matter to your team

  • Asses your team’s strengths, weak­ness­es and style of play. All of these will dic­tate what you track.
  • Peruse your data on Hudl to find the num­bers that most impact the score. Search for trends or incon­sis­ten­cies you can improve on.

Set game-to-game goals alongside those for the season

  • Set a bench­mark for wins or where you’ll fin­ish in the con­fer­ence. But don’t stop there — play­ers should have an expec­ta­tion for every game. 
  • Dive into last year’s data and pick five or six stats you find most rel­e­vant to your team’s vic­to­ries. Track these game-to-game and mon­i­tor how they affect your win­ning percentage.
  • Set com­par­a­tive goals that tell you how your team stacks up against oppo­nents. Winning the serve-pass bat­tle or hav­ing a high­er pos­ses­sion per­cent­age might be the key to your team’s success.

Map out individual goals with each player

  • Discover every play­ers’ moti­va­tions. If they want to win awards or play in col­lege, set lofti­er goals.
  • Get on the same page with every ath­lete. Not every­one can be a star, and it’s impor­tant for them to under­stand their roles. This meet­ing helps each team mem­ber know what to expect.

Create Incentives

  • Simply set­ting goals might not moti­vate ath­letes much on its own. But attach­ing rewards, such as reduced con­di­tion­ing at the next prac­tice or a piz­za par­ty, gives play­ers some­thing tan­gi­ble to work towards.

Meet with your athletic director

  • It’s imper­a­tive to con­nect with your AD before the first game. Share both your sea­son and game-to-game goals so they under­stand your benchmarks.
  • Source feed­back and ask for their expec­ta­tions. Don’t start the sea­son with­out being in sync — mis­matched out­looks can lead to disaster.

Monitor your goals on Hudl

  • Check in on a reg­u­lar basis, ide­al­ly after every game, to keep tabs on your suc­cess. If you’re con­tin­u­al­ly com­ing up short in an area, focus on it more in practice. 
  • Share video with your ath­letes to call out pos­i­tive plays that achieved goals and clips of what needs work when they fall short.

Goals aren’t a set-it-and-for­get-it met­ric. They’re moti­va­tors, a tool to keep an entire pro­gram in-line and on the same page. For more ideas on how to build a con­nect­ed pro­gram, down­load our free guide.