What Kind of Player Am I?
When approaching a college coach, what information should you have available? Your GPA, academic interests, and player stats are all important but if a coach asks, "What are your weaknesses on the field?" you should have an answer and an action plan ready. Knowing and understanding your player-type tendencies will benefit your game and set you apart from other players. Not only will self-awareness help you become a better player on the field but it shows coaches that you have put time and thought into what type of player you are, know how to use your strengths, and actively seek to improve your weaknesses.
Pyschometric testing is relatively new to lacrosse but has a long-standing history in football. The most widely used and recognized test for player-assessment is the TAP test, designed by Dr. Robert Troutwine. In researching mental performance and its relation to athletics, Coach Greaney searched to find a test that would help both him and players utilize their known abilities as well as their tendencies in game-play. As a result, he connected with Dr. Troutwine to help lacrosse players develop the same sense of self-awareness that can be found in the highest levels of professional athlete. Coach Greaney and the PLG coaching staff are also "taking the TAP," as it can teach coaches and parents about themselves, which in turn, helps players.
Starting in 1985, Dr. Robert Troutwine began assessing prospective professional football players on critical factors believed to predict performance success and organizational compatibility for the NFL draft. These critical factors are generally referred to as “intangibles”, such as composure under pressure, competitive spirit, mental toughness, ability to adjust, etc. This led to the original development of the TAP© in 1988. The TAP© has undergone several revisions over the years, its latest in 2012.
What is the TAP?
The TAP is a validated psychometric assessment designed to provide a better understanding of an athlete’s mental make-up to aid in the understanding, development, evaluation, coaching and parenting of the individual athlete. The TAP measures individuals on 11 behavioral traits and 3 learning traits important for participating and competing in athletics.
The TAP survey is taken online via a computer or tablet such as an iPad® and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete.
What is a psychometric assessment?
The word psychometric is formed from the Greek words for mental and measurement. Psychometric assessments measure various mental aspects such as sensitivity, memory, aptitude or personality characteristics.
Take the TAP
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What to do with your results? Your results are yours and yours alone. Should you chose to share them with parents, coaches, and friends that is entirely up to you. Coach Greaney invites and welcomes players to share their results with him. Learning about players, as a result of their TAP assessment, can help all of our PLG coaches to better understand what makes a player "tick," and how to help him/her develop. It can also help us to ensure that our match ups between coaches and players benefit everyone involved.
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Being a great athlete is not only about your performance on the field, but in the classroom as well. As Coach Greaney mentioned in his Recruiting Advice, it is no coincidence that the top D1 programs for lacrosse are also some of the top academic institutions. Being a top-notch student does not only mean having a good GPA but also demonstrating a range of involvement in extracurricular activities outside of sports.
Where to start? A personal assessment, in an easily digestible format, can go a long way in helping you to determine where you are currently and what you need to do to meet your goals.
Knowing and understanding your strengths and weaknesses as a student, as well as an athlete, is an important part of the college search and application process. It will not help you to apply to a school with +40k students if you are more comfortable in a small-group setting. Understanding and being aware of what you want, not what your friends (or parents) want, is the first step in finding the best school for you.
The document below can be downloaded and kept for quick reference. It should:
- Help you gather basic information that you will need on every application in one spot.
- Answer some general questions about your accomplishments and areas for improvement while you're still in high-school. You might notice that you have little or no volunteer hours, or only focus on sports, not other clubs or activities. Seeing what you have accomplished and how you spend your time can help you make adjustments, or keep going on the same path, before it is time to apply to college.
- Highlight some important, commonly asked questions about what you expect and hope to gain from college.
- Miscellaneous items such as "favorite book," can often work their way into a personal essay or application letter, if appropriate. It is good to have these things written down.
- Saving the completed document on Google Drive or in your email will help you to "copy and paste" in to application forms down the road and save you time!
The document is not an outline for an essay nor does it function as an application. Rather, it is an all-important self-assessment of where you are and what you need to do to "fill in the gaps," on your college application. Combine this academic and personal assessment with the TAP test and you went from "not knowing where to start," to being well on your way to finding an academic and athletic program that suits your needs. For freshmen and sophomores, it is worthwhile to update the form every two to three months to stay on top of it. If you are a junior or senior, consider reviewing and updating it monthly.
If you have any questions you would like to add to the form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org