- Improve participants’ organisational skills
- Develop participants’ planning skills
- Encourage participants’ responsibility
- Encourage independence from parents
- Reduce or manage stress associated with events
- By completing this exercise regularly, participants are expected to progressively increase their ability to plan, organise and take responsibility for event preparation.
- Participants are expected to manage their anxieties better as they know preparation has been completed in advance.
- Participants are likely to avoid disappointment during events by planning and organising necessary tasks and things prior to the event.
- Participants, parents or coaches are encouraged, as much as possible, to practice the preparation process by visiting the venue in advance, recording distances, travel time, and conducting a full trial of the event in advance and recording the information on the planning page.
- Start by discussing performance preparation in general. Ask open questions like– ‘How do you prepare for competition?”,
– ‘ What do you often need during your events and why?’
– ‘Have you ever forgotten something important?’
- Ask the group to think of times that they have been prepared vs not prepared for a performance- what was the impact of both? Did it impact their actual performance? what other impacts did it have?
- Record all the answers in the white board.
- Introduce the idea that their team (eg parents, coach) also assist in their preparation like packing bags, preparing the car, etc. What would the benefit of having many people helping? What would be the advantages of you being more organised and on top of your own performance planning?
- Read through the Performance Planning pages on page 89-90. What might planning performance on a record sheet do to help participants in their performance?
- Introduce the idea that, during the following exercise, they will be 100% responsible for all preparation related to an upcoming event. This will include gathering all material required, arranging transport, communication, tools, materials, etc. are there any questions that participants might not be able to answer? How could they find out the answer?
- – How can you know everything you will need?
- – Is there a way to ensure you will not leave anything behind?
- – How can you ensure you will get there on time?
- Explore the feelings around preparing for a performance:
- How do you feel before you prepare,
– How do you feel during preparation and
– How you feel or may feel after you are sure everything you need is in place or conversely, if everything is not in place? Would this affect your self talk? focus? attention? arousal? how and why?
- Divide participants in small groups and ask that they come up with a event or competition to prepare for.
- Using the template in the workbook, ask participants to complete it together. There is no wrong answers and the more the better,.
- Ask each group to present what they are preparing form and what is the responses on each section of the form.
- Invite the remaining group to ask questions and challenge the answers if they have prepared sufficiently.
Parents or coaches are expected to encourage independence progressively by completing the preparation together with the participant during the first few instances. Take into account participant developmental stages, age and current level of stress related to preparation.
- Preparing for Competition Material from the Special Olympics: http://media.specialolympics.org/soi/files/sports/Essentials/English/Preparing_the_Athlete_for_Competition.pdf
- Competitive Sports and Kids