The importance of accountability for girls soccer players

Published on July 4, 2018

Psychosocial skill #3 that your daughter must possess in order to be successful is accountability

It is important for her to realize that she is in charge of what does and what doesn’t happen to her.

If your daughter isn’t accountable when it comes to doing work on her own…. she will never see the improvement she yearns for.

Aside from being accountable for her own success, she also needs to take responsibility for her mistakes.

When I was playing at Utah State, I had a huge wake up call with accountability.

We were running sprints after a long day of practice and we were all exhausted.

The rule was, that if you cut a corner or didn’t sprint all the way to the line, everyone had to start over from the beginning.

Well… it was my turn and it was our last rep.

While I was making my last cut on my last sprint, I didn’t touch the line.

Coach told everyone that we would all be running again because someone missed the line…

She didn’t say who did it, but in my head I knew I was responsible.

Of course, everyone groaned and was not happy about having to run again.

I kept quiet and finished the session.

At the end of the session, we all gathered to break it down and talk about how practice went.

Before anyone started talking, I stepped inside the circle and took responsibility for not touching the line and having to run extra.

Everyone yelled at me and beat me up…


My teammates gave me a pat on the back and thanked me for having the courage to take responsibility for my actions that affected the whole team.

From that day forward, you bet that I NEVER missed a line again!

So moral of the story, when your daughter owns her mistakes and is accountable to herself and her teammates, the people around her will respect that.

It would have been easy to just let it slide and not say anything. But I wanted my teammates to know, and myself to know that I would never let that happen again.

If your daughter has a hard time being accountable to herself, then find a coach that she can be accountable to…

…or make her write her workouts down in an accountability journal.

Start small and get in the habit of taking responsibility for the little things (like cleaning your room) 😉

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