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Does Outcome = Performance

In a Perfect World
        Developing a model or formula to predict and outcome becomes more reliable as the measurements of performance can be quantified to eliminate errors in measuring, collecting, and inputting of data is less corrupted by opinion.

        To what extent does pure unadulterated luck place in performing at a high standard in a competitive event?

        The analysis of Performance Measuring is widely used in an analysis requiring long-term strategic thinking methodology. An individual performance is a single snap shot with a competitive season that can provide a glimpse of what an individual has achieved.

         Coaches and parents ,who are not very positive they can continue to provide the necessary resources, will require strong assurances that a real potential exists for real success to be achieved. Depending on the individual personality traits, the amount of confidence or pessimism increases as an athlete approaches the 10,000 hours of training that is estimated to become an elite athlete.

From the point of view of the investor?
        Consider yourself as an investor, what are the terms -  enough time, energy, funding, and motivation to achieve a long term goal. What is the risk of receiving no return on the money invested? Are you still willing to make such an investment?

From the point of view of the athlete?
        Each athletic must consider their time, energy, funding, and motivation as an investment to achieve their long term sport's goal. There is a risk of a career ending injury in addition to the risk of just not measuring up to the level of competition to accomplish a winning performance. Are you still willing to make an investment of 10,000 hours of training? Can that amount of time and energy be better put to use in the pursuit of academic credentials?

Does the Outcome depend on the Athlete's Performance?

       In a subjective sport like figure skating, there are no absolutes that can be precisely measured except violations of time requirements and meeting or exceeding the number of required elements. This violations can be easily verified by a review of the video tapes.

       Quality considerations, musical interpretation, and choreographic movements are very subjective and can cause wide ranges of opinions concerning the artistic development of if the choreographic movements convey the feelings and image of the intent of the musical composer.

       An athlete can have an outstanding performance that represents their personal best and yet not win a contest because other athletes have performed even better. 

       In an academic environment, not everyone will be a class valedictorian, but finishing in the top 10 percent in a graduating class at well regarded college or university is still a great achievement. What is especially important is the future networking value in the real world.

       Conversely, an athlete may perform relatively poorly compared to previous performances, yet still win if the comparative performances to athletes is considered slightly better.

How and athlete feels they performed may not be the same as the impression of someone else!
       This is a fact of life that one must accept or their life as a competitor will be very stressful. To someone who truly wants to succeed, the solution is to train even harder and not become complacent just because they are not challenged every day when practice at their training facility.

       Establish realistic goals. Only you can control reaching a personal goal to land a clean axel jump. In a competition, the athlete only has control of their performance as part of achieving a goal of winning a competition.

       Athletes can develop even greater control of achieving their goal of winning if their personal goals include technically performing each element in their program without a major error. Successfully achieving realistic technical goals ultimately gives the athlete more control over his/her performance.

Performance Goal Outcome Goal
Spin Center, hold positions, increase spin, controlled exit
Achieving higher level from Technical Specialists
Jumps Clean takeoff, good air position, complete full rotation, controlled landing and exit position
Earning positive Grades of Execution from judges
Connecting Steps, Transitions
Incorporate complex turns and moves in both CW & CCW directions with speed depth of edges
Achieving higher level from Technical Specialists

Recommended Reading:

Test Judging Topics


Physical and Mental Training Considerations

Index of IJS Articles


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

IJS Competition Articles
          GOE Guidelines
          Base Values & GOE Scores
PDF  Single/Pair Elements Levels of Difficulty 
PDF  Guidelines marking Single/Pair GOEs
          Calculating Base Values & GOE Scores
PDF  Changes in the Scales of Values
          GOE Spin Elements
          GOE Step Spiral Elements
PDF  Program Component Marking Ranges
PDF  Explanation of Components
          Planned Program Content
PDF  Planned Program Content Form
          Considerations - Performance  Feedback
          Does Outcome Equal Performance
          Summary of IJS Judging System   

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