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Posted 08 September 2004 - 09:56 PM

90 Things that will identify what a winning pool team member will be.

What are the characteristics of a champion?
Are there characteristics that are universal across sporting champions and world record holders, irrespective of nationality, sport, or gender?
There are a surprising number of features that are common to at least 75% of the all champions...
It is now possible to assess athletes and let them determine the level of adequacy of their behavior and attitude towards training in their sport. The Champion Characteristic Checklist (Rushall, 1987) is reproduced in this article for evaluation by coaches and self-evaluation by athletes on a list of critical factors. It is believed that an athlete cannot achieve his/her highest potential unless the vast majority of these factors are evident.
Coaches can give this check list to their entire team, or you as an athlete can take this checklist to evaluate yourself. It is important to emphasize that only honest evaluation is of value. A characteristic should only be checked if it is absolutely certain that it is an indicative of you.
Young athletes will score low because they have not had a chance to fully develop all the features that contribute to being a world champion. Any missing features should be improved and/or developed. A score of more than 80 would be a desirable initial target for young athletes to eventually achieve.
Champion Characteristics Checklist (CCC)
by Brent S. Rushall, Ph.D., R.Rsy. Copyright Sports Science Associates, 1987
This checklist contains characteristics and behaviors which have been shown to be consistent indicators of champion athletes. You are required to read each item and then decide if the item is something which is indicative of you. It is important that you answer honestly. If there is the slightest feeling that the item may not always be applicable to you then do not respond.
Answer the checklist by circling the number of alongside the description that is true for you. After completion, count the number of responses you have made. That count is the percentage of thoughts and actions that you have that are required to think and act like a champion.
1. I make firm friends within the team who are serious about the sport.
2. I tolerate other athletes at all times.
3. I join fellow athletes in social functions.
4. I attempt to be liked by and friendly with other athletes.
5. I train with athletes who are cooperative.
6. I do not get upset when criticized by other athletes.
7. I offer constructive and positive advice to other athletes.
8. I accept advice from other athletes.
9. I help other athletes if asked to do so.
10. I am interested in team matters and projects.
11. I ask the coach why things are done in particular ways in my sport.
12. Unless I have other evidence, I trust that what the coach says is correct.
13. The coach and I together make decisions about my sport.
14. I usually do things as the says.
15. I let the coach know if I disagree with any decision or directive.
16. When asked to try new things, I apply myself fully.
17. I have asked the coach to tell me privately when I have done something wrong.
18. I can forget awkward social mistakes.
19. I calm-down quickly after being upset by something involving my sport.
20. I do not brood over sporting problems or mistakes.
21. From my mistakes, I learn to do things better in the future.
22. I accept the blame for things that go wrong with me in my sport.
23. I prefer to know the training program well in advance of the season.
24. I like training sessions which keep me busy all the time.
25. Slow-motion movies or videos help me understand my sport better.
26. I always arrive early for training.
27. I never leave training early.
28. I try to do everything as well as possible at training.
29. I occasionally feel grouchy and want to work alone.
30. Feelings of ill-health, stomach upsets, and vague pains to not occur.
31. I organize my equipment well.
32. I have characteristics which are superior to other athletes.
33. I prefer to have someone plan trips and other forms of organization.
34. I am very enthusiastic about my sport.
35. My sport is the most important activity that I do.
36. I primarily compete for myself.
37. I could train by myself if the coach gave me adequate directions.
38. Watching my weight is important.
39. I seldom miss training through illness.
40. before arguing on sporting matters, I wait until I am sure that what I will say is correct.
41. I do not break team rules.
42. I am conscientious about the details of my sport.
43. I make a point of not being absent-minded or forgetful of details concerning my sport.
44. I am as enthusiastic as possible about my sport.
45. I do not miss training even if some other interesting event comes up.
46. I tell the truth when I describe what I did in training.
47. I look for reasons, rather than for excuses to explain what happens at training and in competitions.
48. Unfamiliar arenas do not affect my performance.
49. I enjoy training and competing.
50. I strive for better performances in training and competitions.
51. I keep my equipment well organized and ready for use.
52. I make training challenging for myself.
53. I put more intensity into competing that I do into training.
54. I plan my preparations and competitions in detail.
55. I develop plans that tell me what to do if things go wrong at competitions.
56. I warm-up by myself.
57. My warm-ups include things that will be done in competition.
58. I do not let anyone bother me during warm-ups.
59. I do not worry about opponents.
60. I am nervous and tense before a competition.
61. If I am troubled before a contest, I can regain my composure.
62. I control my excitement by picturing what I will be doing in the contest.
63. I do not get distracted once my competition preparation begins.
64. I mentally rehearse my contest plan as often as possible.
65. I can maintain my concentration throughout the warm-up.
66. Just before the contest starts, I concentrate on how well I will start the competitive effort.
67. I set realistic goals for my contests.
68. Unusual events do not upset or distract me before a contest.
69. I do focus on the preparation for, and content of, the competition.
70. I start contests properly.
71. I am prepared to take a lead early no matter what the cost.
72. I do not save myself in order to make a good finishing effort.
73. When I am tired in a contest, I concentrate on my prepared plan.
74. I always do my best in competitions even though winning may not be possible.
75. I think only about my performance in a contest.
76. Every competition is seen as an opportunity for me to improve.
77. I do not get upset by officiating.
78. the more important the competition, the more enjoyable it is.
79. I use the information gained form a competition to modify and plan for the next contest.
80. I like the coach to tell me how well I am training and performing.
81. I like the coach to comment frequently on my technique.
82. I like other athletes to notice and talk to me about my performance.
83. I like to compete and train with friends.
84. I like to train with athletes who are cooperative.
85. I like my parents to be interested in my sporting activities.
86. I like to be able to receive the outstanding athlete award in contests.
87. I like my friends from outside my sport to be interested in what I do.
88. I like training programs to include a lot of variety.
89. I like each training session to be a challenge.
90. I like my skills to continually improve in training.

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 12:40 PM

WOW! It looks like we all have a lot of reading to do! I printed out a couple of these posts and am going to require my team to read them before our next match. Hopefully we can all continue to grow together!

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Posted 09 September 2004 - 02:41 PM


Not bad, but plenty of room to improve.

I'm going to print this off, and work on 'improving my score'.

In fact, that gives me an idea for a topic...



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Posted 11 September 2004 - 12:45 AM

Any thing of value yes do two things, copy and store it at your computer and then print it out or save to a disc. Stuff does go away and you later kick your self for not grabbing it when you could have.

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Posted 18 October 2015 - 07:06 AM

Bumpety bump

You don't know what you don't know. (or "If you knew what you didn't know, you wouldn't not know it.")

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Posted 23 July 2016 - 04:21 PM

I don't play league, but I'd focus on a teammate that could consistently get their points.

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 01:21 PM

I think as captain of a pool team looking to build a team, you'd have specific priorities in mind that wouldn't necessarily look too much like this list.


You'd probably pick up on a handful of items on the list as the most important ones, something like:


- Ability and, as Sherman says, consistently getting your points.

- Consistently turning up week in week out (and letting the captain know in advance if they couldn't)

- Getting along well with other team-mates, making good friends and not creating friction

- Behaving sensibly in competition, again without getting into fights or arguments.

- An intention to stay with the team long term and to improve over time



But from the athlete's own perspective, the original list of the traits of champions is obviously key to their own performance and progression

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