Rate Your Team’s Responsibility Level

How responsible and reliable are your athletes?

Do your athletes take full responsibility for themselves to consistently do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, at the level it needs to be done?

Many coaches are frustrated with the lack of responsibility and accountability shown by several of today’s athletes. Whether it is our entitled culture, a lack of clear understanding of what it means to be responsible, having way too many outside distractions to tempt them, and/or a lack of a sense of urgency on the athletes’ part, many athletes struggle to take full responsibility for themselves on and off the playing fields. This lack of responsibility and accountability not only hurts your chances of success, it obviously makes your job as a coach or athletic administrator that much tougher.

6 HABITS OF RESPONSIBLE ATHLETES SURVEY

To help you and your athletes get a better handle on the situation, I’ve developed a short yet substantive six-question survey to help you gauge how well your student-athletes take responsibility for themselves.

Not only will the 6 Habits of Responsible Athletes Survey give you a better feel for their potential strengths, it will also help you pinpoint which specific areas might be weaknesses for your athletes. Take the survey and see how well your team fares.

Answer the six questions using the 1 (Strongly Disagree) to 10 (Strongly Agree) scale below.

1-2 = Strongly Disagree   3-4 = Disagree   5-6 = Neutral    7-8 = Agree      9-10 = Strongly Agree

1. Take Charge of Their Choices

The athletes on my team regularly recognize, take charge of, and completely own their daily choices, decisions, and actions and fully understand how they impact their success.

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2. Make Helpful vs. Hurtful Choices

The athletes on my team consciously and consistently make helpful choices like practicing with quality, working hard in the weight room, and eating healthy that maximize their chances of success rather than hurtful ones that set them up for failure and regret.

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3. Discipline Themselves

The athletes on my team take initiative and discipline themselves to do what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, and when it needs to be done so others don’t have to continually motivate or monitor them.

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4. Control the Controllables

The athletes on my team focus on and control the things they can control like their attitude and effort and don’t let external factors like weather conditions and people like officials and opponents outside of their control frustrate, disappoint, distract, or derail them.

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5. Own and Learn from Their Mistakes

The athletes on my team effectively recognize, admit, learn from, and quickly recover from their mistakes, errors, and losses rather than getting stuck on or frustrated by them.

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6. Follow Through and Finish

The athletes on my team reliably follow through on all their responsibilities and obligations and thoroughly finish each and every job, drill, play, and assignment with quality.

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Add up your total score for the six questions: TOTAL SCORE ________________

Use the Rating Scale below to see how well your team ranks when it comes to taking responsibility for themselves.

6 HABITS OF RESPONSIBLE ATHLETES SURVEY RATING SCALE

54-60 – Your athletes are highly responsible and reliable! Congratulate and thank them.

46-53 – Your athletes are somewhat responsible with some room for improvement.

38-45 – Your athletes are not as responsible as your team needs them to be and require help.

30-37 – Your athletes are not responsible and need significant help to overcome this challenge.

  6-29 – Your athletes are highly irresponsible and need serious help immediately!

 

You can also have your team leaders or entire team take the survey to get their perspective on it as well. Be prepared that they will likely see your team as more responsible than your rating of it – but this also gives you a good opportunity to clarify exactly where you need to see more responsibility from the team.

Having athletes who accept and take responsibility for themselves is essential for your program’s success and reputation both on and off the playing fields. The above survey should give you a much better feel for where your team currently rates when it comes to responsibility – and highlights your athletes' responsibility strengths and where they need to improve.

HOW TO DEVELOP MORE RESPONSIBLE ATHLETES

If you need to develop more Responsible Athletes for your team, check out our all-new Athlete's Responsibility Manual. It provides a 6-week Responsibility Training Program to teach and train your athletes what it means to be fully responsible for themselves.

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