Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Sunday, August 03, 2008

A few notes on goals


I've been thinking a bit about goals. Nothing concrete, but I thought I'd put down a few random thoughts:

1. One of the Olympic diving coaches was talking about something he called the "50 percent rule." The US could realistically have 6 medal chances, so a good Olympics would be to get 50 percent of that.

2. All of the US WOC goals are outcome goals. I think there is some room for process goals. But, that might be just me.

3. Personally, I like the idea of using the peer nations to set some performance goals. I can imagine a US WOC team having a goal of improving the win-loss record compared to the last couple of WOCs. Using head-to-head win-loss records has some nice features (like it counts everyone who starts a race and it means a runner has a chance to help the team as a whole even if they make a boom that would knock them out of contention for qualifying for a final). But, using the peer nations has a huge disadvantage....nobody (except me) cares about it. Goals that nobody cares about are pretty much worthless.

That's enough for now.

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posted by Michael | 6:14 PM


So what happens if the team doesn't achieve their goals?

Spike, in your peer nation won/loss rankings, when did the we do our best? Who was on the team and the characteristics of the team and the WOC?
The 2007 WOC in Ukraine was where the US had the best wins-losses record against the peer nations in the 4 years that I've tracked it. If my memory is correct, 2008 is the 2nd best of the 4 years.

I've got a spreadsheet with the results and I'll see if I can find it.

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