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Written by Joe Slowinski   
Thursday, 22 February 2007

In my Psychological Characteristics of Champions article, appearing in the February 2007 issue of Bowling This Month, I shared with reader the research on what psychological characteristics the greatest champions who ever lived possessed internally. These psychological characteristics included: coachability, motivation and commitment, setting goals, optimistic and positive outlook, positive perfectionism, ability to focus, ability to manage stress, cope with adversity, mental toughness and sport intelligence.   Clearly, as a coach, it is important to identify these characteristics in your athletes.  But, how do you measure these?  The Athletic Coping Skill Inventory (ACSI-28) is an instrument that can be used to measure these attributes in yourself or in your players.

 The Athletic Coping Skill Inventory (ACSI-28) is a survey that can be used to select players or to measure strengths and weakness around specific mental game domains:  Coachability, Peaking under Pressure, Freedom from Worry, Coping with Adversity, Concentration, Goal Setting and Mental Preparation as well as Confidence and Achievement Motivation. A coach can give the survey to players to obtain a baseline of psychological strengths in an effort to determine which areas need to be developed in the athlete.  And, in an elite program, this information can be utilized to determine who has a stronger mental game. 

 

The Athletic Coping Skill Inventory (ACSI-28) Survey 

Directions: Answer the following questions as honestly as possible, according the scale, 0 to 3.   

0 = ALMOST NEVER, 1 = SOMETIMES, 2 = OFTEN, 3 = ALMOST ALWAYS

 
 
1) On a daily or weekly basis, I set very specific goals for myself that guide what I do.

0  1   2   3

2) I get the most out of my talent and skills.

0  1   2   3

3) When a coach or manager tells me how to correct a mistake I’ve made, I tend to take it personally and feel upset.

0  1   2   3

4) When I am playing sports, I can focus my attention and block out distractions.

0  1   2   3

5) I remain positive and enthusiastic during competition, no matter how badly things are going.

0  1   2   3

6) I tend to play better under pressure because I think more clearly.

0  1   2   3

7) I worry quite a bit about what others think about my performance.

0  1   2   3

8) I tend to do lots of planning about how to reach my goals.

0  1   2   3

9) I feel confident that I will play well.

0  1   2   3

10) When a coach or manager criticizes me, I become upset rather than helped.

0  1   2   3

11) It is easy for me to keep distracting thoughts from interfering with something I am watching or listening to.

0  1   2   3

12) I put a lot of pressure on myself by worrying how I will perform.

0  1   2   3

13) I set my own performance goals for each practice.

0  1   2   3

14) I don’t have to be pushed to practice or play hard; I give 100%.0  1   2   3
15) If a coach criticizes or yells at me, I correct the mistake without getting upset about it.

0  1   2   3

16) I handle unexpected situations in my sport very well.

0  1   2   3

17) When things are going badly, I tell myself to keep calm, and this works for me.

0  1   2   3

18) The more pressure there is during a game, the more I enjoy it.

0  1   2   3

19) While competing, I worry about making mistakes or failing to come through. 00  1   2   3
20) I have my own game plan worked out in my head long before the game begins.

0  1   2   3

21) When I feel myself getting too tense, I can quickly relax my body and calm myself.

0  1   2   3

22) To me, pressure situations are challenges that I welcome.

0  1   2   3

23) I think about and imagine what will happen if I fail or screw up.

0  1   2   3

24) I maintain emotional control no matter how things are going for me.

0  1   2   3

25) It is easy for me to direct my attention and focus on a single object or person.

0  1   2   3

26) When I fail to reach my goals, it makes me try even harder.

0  1   2   3

27) I improve my skills by listening carefully to advice and instruction from coaches and managers.

0  1   2   3

28) I make fewer mistakes when the pressure’s on because I concentrate better.0  1   2   3
 
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