In September 2013, the University of Oregon women’s golf team wanted to improve the performance as individuals and a team. Their team comprised of players from differing states as well as young and seasoned student-athletes. They asked SCI to provide additional tools to help optimize their performance.
To enrich our understanding of potential issues, we administered individual character assessments for every player, coach, and trainer. Character assessments provide us with a deeper understanding of an array of character qualities including energy levels; competitiveness; receptivity to new information; intellectual capacity; and interests.
Equipped with in-depth information from the assessments, we then met with each player and coach individually. We focused our discussions on how aspects of their character related to competition, conflict and education. Players walked away with a deeper understanding of self as well as a better understanding of how to alter circumstances around their pre-competition and competition to improve their performance. Coaches walked away with a deeper understanding of self. With the coaches, we shared strategies for optimizing everyone’s performance on the practice field as well as during tournaments.
The team and coaches provided positive reviews after our work with them. We enjoyed watching their historically successful season after spending time with the dynamic group. “Every statistic available indicated a historic fall season for the No. 17 Oregon women’s golf team. Through five fall tournaments, the Ducks tailed a 295.4 round average – nearly a full four strokes lower than the full-season program record. Oregon placed in the top six in every single every, tallied a win-loss record of 50-17 and had three student-athletes with stroke averages below 73.6 – all of which would be in the top five in the program history if final.” (Ducks Back to Work After Historic Fall Season, 11/19/2013 article, goducks.com)