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Why Is Accountability Important In Sports?

Why Is Accountability Important In Sports?

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There is a common misconception that goes around saying accountability is only essential in the business world. However, responsibility does not stop there. It also helps to harness the power of teamwork and goals in the world of sports and athletics.

A team that falls short of accountability will not be able to reach its goals. This is because players and athletes will often feel very demotivated and not put their best efforts into the game. Moreover, this team will also not have any proper teamwork or communication between themselves.

Therefore, proper accountability needs to be followed within a sports team to help ensure effective communication, honesty, and transparency. This article will walk you through 6 reasons to help you understand why accountability is important even in sports.

So, let’s get started, champ!

6 Reasons Why Accountability Is Vital On The Sports Field

If you are a coach who manages a sports field, you should know that accountability is the most important key to keeping your athletes glued to each other.

Listed below are six reasons to understand the importance of accountability in the sports field.

It Helps Them To Set Their Own Rules

By incorporating accountability within the team, you as the coach will also be instilling a feeling of ownership within the players. And the best way to do this is by setting a few team rules at the start of every game season.

During this meet, allow your players to put forth new rules. This way, they will feel more invested in the team and feel like they belong with the group.

It Helps To Eliminate The Excuses

The art of mastering a sport comes with a lot of hard work, patience, and tons of practice. However, there is a good chance of most players making mistakes now and then. In this situation, they might try to make up excuses on the spot to get out to trouble, especially if the other players make them feel guilty about it.

However, accountability helps create an excuse-free atmosphere where they are made to understand that mistakes are a part of the learning curve. Make the players feel comfortable and give them advice on how to play better on the field.

This way, they will start practicing harder and take responsibility for their mistakes instead of playing the blame game.

Moreover, you will also need to get the other players to help others to eliminate any personal vendetta. With this, you can be sure that your players will grow together as one.

It Makes Them Punctual

One of the most important aspects of sports is to be on time, every time. Whether it is just a practice session or a live game, players need to get into the habit of time management to be more punctual.

Being late often gives a “me before the team” attitude, which is not very pleasing. Moreover, late players also tend to distract the other players, thereby delaying the overall progress.

On the other hand, players who show up to every practice or game on time (or even earlier) show them very invested in the sport. Moreover, it also sets the expectations for the rest of the teammates, which will make everyone else show up on time.

It Creates Leaders

Whatever the sport is, there will always be a leader set above the rest of the teammates. Whether they arise naturally by building their reputation or are assigned as team captains, every sports team will have a leader who paves the way for the rest.

In fact, in most cases, team leaders play a more influential role inside the team than the coaches. Moreover, leaders will also have the power to set expectations for the next generation of aspiring athletes and even take them under their wing for training.

In addition to this, the leader will also have the freedom to call out on those who are not performing well and help them play better on the field.

Therefore, if you have a team leader within your sports group, make sure to equip them with right knowledge and mindset as this is who the other players will follow.

It Helps With Self-Accountability

As previously mentioned, team leaders have great power over their team. And the best way to set an example is to hold themselves accountable for their wrongdoings and mistakes on the field.

Keep in mind that the position of leadership should not entitle them to special treatment. As the primary head of the team, it is your job to make sure that everyone, including the leader is responsible for their actions.

 

It Helps Develop Accountability Beyond Sports

There is no doubt that instilling accountability within a team can be a Herculean task. However, over time, the players will automatically start to adapt to it.

It might start with just checking in with all the players to see their progress in the game. But it will soon extend beyond sports, as the players will be supportive of each other with their other interests.

Wrapping Up

Incorporating accountability indeed starts with the head of the team. However, it does not end there.

With any good team, the coach will hold the players accountable for their loss or victory. However, a great team will have the players holding other players responsible for the outcome.

So make sure to start including accountability to your gaming strategy today to get better results tomorrow.

 

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This entails being an International Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works together with high-performing teams and individuals across Australia/NZ, UK, USA, Europe and Asia to help get results, achieve their wildest dreams, and smash goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world and small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation across the globe, and are based on actions and results:

  • Read The Accountability Advantage – Play Your Best Game book for Darren’s most recent insights into accountability.
  • Enroll into Darren’s online (DIY) program: Accountability Made Easy.
  • Hire Darren to be your private Accountability Coach via one of his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions are conducted via Zoom video calls or face-to-face meetings (subject to Darren’s travel policy and COVID restrictions).
  • For teams of 3 – 7 people, Darren offers Group Accountability Programs, ideal for networking groups and alumni organisations.
  • My Team Accountability Program is a powerful tool for sales teams, project teams, virtual teams and operational teams.
    Both Group and Team Accountability Programs are a shared learning environment where you’ll learn from others and shared from their experiences. We can work with your team members one-on-one, in pairs, or in a configuration that suits your needs best.
  • Darren can be a Speaker at your next event, workshop, or conference. Whether it’s done face-to-face or virtually, it’s a genuinely engaging experience.

Who can The Accountability Guy® help?

  • Do you work hard, but still not achieve your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need directions on how to get your business to the next level?
  • Are you a high-performing, successful individual or team that would like to ‘juggle more balls in the air’?

How accountable are you? Take the 5-minute quiz to find out!

Accountability is the superpower you must learn to harness:

Hope will fix your situation, as doing nothing makes things worse. We need to take action now, or tomorrow’s results will be the same as today.

Implementation and execution are key:

We’ll make sure you follow the plan and meet your deadlines. This is true accountability. Together, we’ll meet your commitments, goals, and promises you’ve made to yourself and others.

Don’t let people down anymore – especially those important to you!

-----------------------------------------
How likely are you to achieve your goals, promises, obligations, and commitments on your own?

Darren will support you to become truly accountable!

How accountable are you? Take the 5-minute quiz to find out!

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
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Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.


Each Unboxing Session includes
  • 45-60 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
  • Examine your priorities
  • Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
  • Together, we will create a plan and set timelines

Click here to book your free session.

 

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This entails being an Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works together with high-performing teams and individuals to help get results, achieve your wildest dreams, and smash your goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world, and in small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

How accountable are you? Take the 5 -minute quiz to find out!

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation, and are based on actions and results:

  • Read The Accountability Advantage – Play Your Best Game book for Darren’s most recent insights into accountability.
  • Enroll into Darren’s online (DIY) program: Accountability Made Easy.
  • Hire Darren to be your private Accountability Coach via one of his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions are conducted via Zoom video calls or face-to-face meetings (subject to Darren’s travel policy and COVID restrictions).
  • For teams of 3 – 7 people, Darren offers Group Accountability Programs, ideal for networking groups and alumni organisations.
  • My Team Accountability Program is a powerful tool for sales teams, project teams, virtual teams and operational teams.
    Both Group and Team Accountability Programs are a shared learning environment where you’ll learn from others and shared from their experiences. We can work with your team members one-on-one, in pairs, or in a configuration that suits your needs best.
  • Darren can be a Speaker at your next event, workshop, or conference. Whether it’s done face-to-face or virtually, it’s a genuinely engaging experience.

Who can The Accountability Guy® help?

  • Do you work hard, but still not achieve your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need directions on how to get your business to the next level?
  • Are you a high-performing, successful individual or team that would like to ‘juggle more balls in the air’?

Accountability is the superpower you must learn to harness:

Hope will not fix your situation, as doing nothing makes things worse. We need to take action now or tomorrow’s results will be the same as today.

Implementation and execution are key:

We’ll make sure you follow the plan and meet your deadlines. This is true accountability. Together we’ll meet your commitments, goals, and promises you’ve made to yourself and others.

Don’t let people down anymore – especially those important to you!

-----------------------------------------
How likely are you to achieve your goals, promises, obligations, and commitments on your own?

Darren will support you to become truly accountable!

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