Create and support regular opportunities for athletes to participate in shared decision making, goal setting, and expectation setting
The coach implements formal and informal structures to bring athlete voices into the co-creation of team culture. These structures and opportunities are defined in part by the athletes’ ages, but also include strategies like creating team rules, setting team goals, deciding on a team slogan or theme for the season, and debriefing after a competition.
The coach sets the boundaries for which decisions are shared and how team members are involved. The shared ownership of some essential team decisions and goals helps create a sense of athlete empowerment, motivation, and inclusion and allows teammates to support one another in pursuit of team aims and establishment of team culture.