Your Playing Stats



Recall that in the section we just covered (Performance), we discussed how being mentally tough can help improve your performance.

In this section, we discuss how you can be objective about your performances and highlight areas that you need to improve, and those where you are doing well or excelling. This is one of the key components of sport psychology.


What does it mean to be objective? What is subjective?

Let’s use an example:

You are co-captain of your soccer team, and together with the other co-captain, you both need to agree on and choose a teammate to nominate for ‘most improved’ at this year’s end of season banquet.

You have chosen a teammate who has made great improvements over the season. They have increased their pass completion rate, scored 2 goals in competition and have improved their mile run by 20 seconds!

Your co-captain has chosen their best friend who has improved their mile run by 20 seconds also but has not made any other improvements. They have had a tough year, and your co-captain thinks that this will help boost their confidence.

Do you understand the difference? Being objective means that you take away emotions and sentimentality from a situation, and you have just the facts to look at.

See if you can determine whether the following
scenarios are objective or subjective:

Remember- whenever there is emotion or ‘thoughts’ or ‘opinions’ involved, a subjective observation is being made. When just the facts are involved, this is an objective observation.

Your Kit bag | Tool no: 1

In your ‘kitbag’ we have prepared a checklist for you to use after each training session and game. We want you to keep track of your own stats!

This is a crucial part of elite level sport – every professional will objectively measure their performance, and now you can too!

For each position that you may play on the field, use this checklist to keep track of your level of improvement, and areas where you need more development.

We have also added a few subjective questions to the checklist so that you can determine how you feel about your progress and about each game and training session. While these can’t determine whether you are improving or not, it is important to recognise how you feel – after all, sport is about having fun and feeling happy and good about yourself.

Collecting your stats overlaps with both Achieving and Performing in our Performance model because it allows you to measure both how you have performed, and what you have achieved as a result.