Why It’s Important for Squash Players to Set Goals
Some people will say that the easiest path to experiencing success in just about anything is having a plan in place – a blueprint, if you will – to help get from Point A to Point B. We can wish to be a better squash player or have the best squash camp this upcoming summer, but it’ll be next to impossible for that to actually come to pass without putting the goals on paper and figuring out exactly how you’re going to go about getting there.
Having goals – especially for squash players – is a great thing because if gives you something to strive for. But sometimes, it’s nice to have a little help in setting goals. That’s why we bring in some of the top names in the sport for our Massachusetts squash camps, along with making sure that every International Squash Academy Camp director is Double-Goal Certified by the Positive Coaching Alliance.
A simple rule to follow when setting goals for yourself is for them to be S.M.A.R.T, which means they should be specific, measurable, adjustable, realistic, and time-based. If you have a general goal of becoming a better squash player, what exactly does that mean? Is there a specific aspect of your game that you’d like to improve for you to feel like you reached this goal? It’s also important for you to have a way to measure your progress toward this goal, along with adjusting during your journey, if necessary. Goals are meant to help you aspire to something better but being realistic with your goals is also a vital aspect of it all. For instance, unless you’re among the top players in the country, setting a goal of being the top-ranked player in the nation probably isn’t too realistic. Finally, attaching a time to your goal(s) will help keep you motivated. Do you want to accomplish this in one week, one month, one year, or another period of time?
Another aspect to keep in mind before you sit down to write out your future squash goals is to have a process for it all. Good goals allow you to continue to build upon themselves, so it’s typically best to start by setting short term goals before laying out longer term goals for you to work toward. With regard to the types of you could set, there are outcome goals, technical goals, tactical goals, physical goals, and psychological goals.
Obviously, you’re the one making the goals for yourself, so you can set whatever kind you want to help track progress. If you set goals in each of these categories, though, it’ll allow you to grow in every single aspect of squash.
Athletes are typically goal-oriented people, and squash players are no different. Even if you’re not super competitive and are playing for pleasure more than anything else, that doesn’t mean you still wouldn’t want to experience some kind of progress. Without goals, it’s hard to know what kind of progress we’re actually making on a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly basis. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals that makes sense for what you’d like to accomplish, pay attention to them and keep striving to improve!