Set long-term and short-term goals for and with the team

The coach uses his/her knowledge of athletes’ abilities, experience, attitudes, and roles to establish the team goals that are paramount to seasonal and year-round planning.

Long term goals inform the structure and planning of practice sessions from day to day and week to week. Physiological training is periodized based on the goals, athletes' current level of performance, and timing of need for competitive peak performance. The coach also finds opportunities to engage athletes in both individual and team goal setting.

Effective goals are primarily process-based (that is, incremental and within the control of the athlete/team), and might also be outcome-based dependent on the athletes’ ages, abilities, and program-type.