Individual Performance Plan

COACHES TOOL BOX EDITION#2
DELIBERATE PRACTICE: MAKING SURE WHAT YOU DO MAKES A DIFFERENCE

In the last installment of the coach’s toolbox we looked at creating a Yearly Training Plan (YTP). This month we explore an important tool that helps prioritize training areas, and measure progress to ensure that what an athlete does in training and practice is working:

THE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE PLAN (IPP)
LINK TO TEMPLATE HERE

Continuing on the analogy from Edition #1, if a YTP is the overall plan for a multi-day journey that helps plot the connection between all destinations along the way, then the IPPs are the individual day trip plans that prioritize what will be collected, provide directions, and measure progress.

Here is a sample IPP for a Combined Athlete (click on the images to see them full screen):

Again, we can zoom in on a couple parts of the IPP to provide detail:

 

KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS (KPIs)

Key Performance Indicators are measurable outcomes that show progress towards a goal. Each KPI is in reference to a specific objective or target and there may be multiple KPIs for a single objective.

Good KPIs:

  • provide objective evidence of progress towards the target.
  • are able to be measured accurately and reliably.
  • inform decision making and programming refinement.
  • are a balance of leading and lagging indicators.

Leading KPIs

  • predict future success.
  • measure a known link or component in the desired objective (i.e. Goal: improve jumping height by 30cm in 6 months, KPI: squat 1 RM increase of 20 kg. We know that improved squat force production is a component in higher jumping).

Lagging KPIs

  • measure past training effectiveness
  • are often intermediate “goalposts” using the same measurement as the main goal (i.e. Goal: improve jumping height by 30 cm in 6 months , Lagging KPIs: jump height increases at 1, 2, 3 months).

Using a combination of both leading and lagging KPIs will ensure that the process is on track and that what’s been done is working.

 

Goal Setting and KPIs

The more specific and detailed a goal, the easier it is to create KPIs. Here are 2 examples:

Goal 1) “to have stronger fingers by next season”
The KPIs in this example will be more difficult to determine. We don’t know how much improvement is desired or where the current level is.

Goal 2) “to improve speed time from 9.20 s to 9.05 s within 3 months”
The KPIs here are easier to create:

  • Leading KPIs – average split time from start to hold 10 of 3.90 s, average split time from foothold to top of 2.25s. These 2 splits in combination will improve total time by 0.2 s. Progress on each can be tracked separately.
  • Lagging KPIs – average time of 9.15 s in training between start and end of month 2. This will measure if the improvements in split times are resulting in faster overall times. If not, re-assess where speed can be gained.

Performance Improvement is a never-ending loop illustrated below. KPIs are an integral component to keeping the loop going and ensuring that we are Deliberate in what we Practice and Train.

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Now that the dust has settled on an amazing 2021-2022 Senior Boulder National Championships, our biggest and most successful event yet, we can't help but be humbled by all the work and performances that went into it.

Congrats on our athletes, all of you, for an incredible showing.
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Let's now enjoy the upcoming Holidays, and see you all in Richmond, BC at the 2021-2022 Senior Lead National Championships and the 2021-2022 Speed National Championships in February 2022!

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Félicitations à nos athlètes, à vous tous, pour une performance incroyable. Félicitations à nos gagnants Evangelina Briggs et Ethan Hoffman.

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Un grand merci à nos incroyables partenaires :
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Profitons maintenant des vacances à venir et rendez-vous tous à Richmond, en Colombie-Britannique, aux Championnats nationaux seniors de difficulté 2021-2022 et aux Championnats nationaux de vitesse 2021-2022 en février 2022!

Now that the dust has settled on an amazing 2021-2022 Senior Boulder National Championships, our biggest and most successful event yet, we can't help but be humbled by all the work and performances that went into it.

Congrats on our athletes, all of you, for an incredible showing.
Congrats to our winners @evangelinabriggs and @ethanh.hoffman 🥇🥇.

Thanks to our wonderful host @delireescalade

Many heartfelt thank yous to our incredible partners:
@sportcanada @arcteryx @movementfactoryholds @oxio.ca Gouvernement du Québec, and Québec Citée Destination Affaire!

Let's now enjoy the upcoming Holidays, and see you all in Richmond, BC at the 2021-2022 Senior Lead National Championships and the 2021-2022 Speed National Championships in February 2022!

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Maintenant que la poussière est retombée sur un incroyable Championnat national senior de bloc 2021-2022, notre événement le plus gros et le plus réussi à ce jour, nous ne pouvons pas nous empêcher d'être humbles devant tout le travail et les performances qui y ont été consacrés.

Félicitations à nos athlètes, à vous tous, pour une performance incroyable. Félicitations à nos gagnants Evangelina Briggs et Ethan Hoffman.

Merci à notre hôte merveilleux: Délire escalade.

Un grand merci à nos incroyables partenaires :
Sport Canada, Arc'teryx, Movement Factory, oxio, Gouvernement du Québec, and Québec Citée Destination Affaire!

Profitons maintenant des vacances à venir et rendez-vous tous à Richmond, en Colombie-Britannique, aux Championnats nationaux seniors de difficulté 2021-2022 et aux Championnats nationaux de vitesse 2021-2022 en février 2022!
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