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Program Evaluation

Now’s the per­fect time to review your pro­gram as a whole.

Social media pres­ence, pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment, cul­ture assess­ments — there are a lot of things that you might not have time to tack­le dur­ing a busy sea­son, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t key to your pro­gram. Once you’re back in the game you’ll be glad you took the time to get your house in order. 

Revisit Your Foundation

While your team isn’t play­ing, use this time to eval­u­ate the core com­po­nents of your team philosophy.

See FC Barcelona's mission and values at foundation.fcbarcelona.com/missionvisionvalues.
  • Mission: The mis­sion is your team’s core pur­pose. This is the foun­da­tion for every­thing your team does and doesn’t do. Think of a mis­sion state­ment as your rea­son for being. 
  • Vision: Your team’s vision is a dec­la­ra­tion of the future. A vision state­ment is about the out­come you’re try­ing to achieve. 
  • Values: Establishing val­ues sets an expec­ta­tion for every­one on your team, from play­ers to coach­es. Values help you deter­mine who’s a good fit for the team and empow­er you to make deci­sions that align with your orga­ni­za­tion as a whole.

This is also a good time to assess your culture. 

  • Reflect on last sea­son. Think back on the pre­vi­ous sea­son. Were there times you saw some­one tru­ly live your team val­ues? What about times some­one failed to live up to them? Coming up with these instances will help you see areas of strength and room for improvement. 
  • Look at reten­tion. One of the biggest indi­ca­tors of a healthy team is its abil­i­ty to retain ath­letes. Do stu­dents come back to play after their first year, or do many leave after a sin­gle sea­son? If you don’t see a lot of return­ers, it could be a red flag that there’s some­thing in your team cul­ture that needs to be fixed. 
  • Send a sur­vey. Have your play­ers and assis­tant coach­es take a short, anony­mous sur­vey about their expe­ri­ence on the team. You can ask open-end­ed ques­tions like, Do you feel like your con­tri­bu­tions are val­ued?” and What could the team do to bet­ter show appre­ci­a­tion for you as an indi­vid­ual?” Or you can ask mem­bers to answer how much they agree or dis­agree with a state­ment: I feel like my con­tri­bu­tions to the team are val­ued.” This will help you gauge how your team’s cul­ture is per­ceived by others. 

Market Your Program

Have you been neglect­ing your team’s social media accounts? Now’s the time to dust them off — or set them up. (Not sold on social? Falmouth High School (Maine) Athletic Director James Coffey explains why you should get on board.)

If you’re not sure what to post, here are some ideas:

  • Team high­light reels
  • Individual play­er fea­tures (be sure to tag them!)
  • Challenges for your team
  • Inspiration to keep play­ers motivated
  • Fun facts and infor­ma­tion about your team

Promoting your team is a great way to attract and retain the best tal­ent. While you’re at it, check out these tips to boost your team pro­file on Hudl. 

Step Up Your Game

Can’t go to clin­ics? Don’t wor­ry — there are plen­ty of tools for remote pro­fes­sion­al development.

Networking

If you want to con­nect with your fel­low coach­es, check out these platforms. 

Online Learning

  • The Digital Coaching Center has pre­sen­ta­tions and advice from thought lead­ers in the sports community. 
  • Hudl Academy is full of self-guid­ed cours­es designed to help you mas­ter Hudl at your own pace. 
  • Learning plat­form edX gives you access to 140 free class­es from Harvard — every­thing from prob­a­bil­i­ty and stats to per­sua­sive writ­ing and pub­lic speaking. 

Get Organized

Do some Hudl house­keep­ing by clean­ing up your team’s account. This is the per­fect oppor­tu­ni­ty to: