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Ask the Expert: Age-Based Guide to Goal Setting

By Team USA Softball, 12/04/18, 12:00PM CST

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Goal Getting is based on what a young athlete can achieve through effort. Goal Setting is based on win/loss types of outcomes.

While it makes intuitive sense that effective goals for fourth graders differ from those made by juniors in high school, it’s important for parents and coaches to understand how to help youth athletes make and achieve appropriate goals. Dr. Roberta Kraus is a sports psychologist who works with athletes ranging from grade school to high school, and novices to Olympic athletes. As a TrueSport Expert, she provided her knowledge and guidance so we can all help make youth sports a positive experience for kids.

Where to Start

To help kids pursue the best goals, parents and coaches have to be on the same page in terms of the overall objective.