Appendix - Athlete Self-Evaluation

The self-evaluation tool on the following page is designed to be something that you can distribute to your athletes at the beginning of your season (the first day of practice is a great time), as you introduce them to the study and pursuit of the discipline of work habits.

 Before you distribute the information to your athletes, you’ll need to understand the categories of “Disciple Athlete”, “Apprentice Athlete”, and “Servant-Leader Athlete”.  The following information is not necessarily intended to be read directly to you athletes, but to give you an understanding of the categories as they relate to athletes at different levels of maturity and development.  You can then decide how you want to present the information to your athletes;   usually it’s easiest and most effective to divide athletes by grade levels (freshmen, sophomore/juniors, seniors).

The first level is the Disciple Athlete; he needs to be taught the fundamentals, and his development requires a lot of oversight.  Repetition of basic habits is critical at this stage; this athlete’s focus is on training.  The second level is the Apprentice Athlete; he is committed to and actively working on improving.  His faithfulness to the task can be trusted, so he needs less oversight; this athlete’s focus is on practice.  The third level is the Servant-Leader Athlete; his habits and example have elevated him to a        leadership position, and he understands that leadership is defined by a responsibility to serve others.  He does things with care, and he gives oversight to others.  His sees the “big picture” of team and is motivated by helping others to learn and grow; this     athlete’s focus is on maintaining the health and success of the team.

These different levels are often closely associated with age.  You might identify      freshmen as Disciples, sophomores and juniors as Apprentices, and seniors as Servant-Leaders — and that’s an alright starting point.  However, keep in mind that you will have older athletes who are less mature (and not ready to lead), and you will have younger athletes who are more mature (and capable of more demanding challenges).  Treat each athlete as an individual; don’t assume that an athlete of a certain age should be “lumped in” with others his age, when using these challenges to encourage and guide him in his submission to discipline throughout the season.

Encourage your athletes to read over the appropriate category (based on their grade level); then ask each athlete to evaluate whether each characteristic or behavior is a strength or a weakness of his, and to identify one particular way in which he would like to grow or improve this year.  (This can be done      privately, or you can allow time for athletes to voluntarily share with one    another, if you’d like.)

At the end of the season, ask your athletes to use the “athlete with Godly work habits” list (which you will compile throughout the season) to evaluate their submission to and growth in the discipline of work habits.  You can also have all athletes (except seniors) look forward to the set of “sport applications” of work habits for the next level, and to identify goals for growth for the year ahead.

“Sport Applications” of Work Habits

Athlete Self-Evaluation


How does a Disciple Athlete train in work habits?

· Humbly responds to teaching and correction (from coach and teammates)

· Asks questions when he doesn’t understand how to do something

· Refrains from expressing frustration through negative comments

· Seeks counsel from coaches and Servant-Leaders when he is struggling

· Commits to giving his best effort at all times

· Doesn’t see inexperience as failure; doesn’t quit when he struggles

 How does an Apprentice Athlete practice work habits?

· Follows the example of Servant-Leaders joyfully and enthusiastically

· Examines his own effort and performance, and takes the necessary steps to improve those

· Learns to carry out drills without constant need for oversight

· Learns from good and bad experiences; turns those into beneficial  habits

· Enjoys playing a role in the team’s success, but refuses to take credit

· Doesn’t make excuses

How does a Servant-Leader Athlete maintain work habits?

· Strives to be the hardest worker on the team; realizes and accepts the necessity of his example

· Supports and reinforces the goals and objectives of his coach in practice

· Is a “student of the sport” and, thus, is able to help teach other players

· Encourages Disciple athletes in their work; recognizes their growth, and helps them keeps their struggles in perspective

· Recognizes the strengths and gifts of Apprentice athletes; spurs them on, and finds ways to partner with them to promote the team’s success

· Takes action when the team’s effort is lacking; raises the level of his own commitment to set a good example



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