Over the years there have been many variations on the Samuel Goldwyn quote "The harder I work the luckier I get" and it is now widely accepted that  work-ethic plays a big part in a player’s performance.

In our work with players managers and coaches we refer to our 'Performance Triangle' of ATTITUDE - ABILITY - EFFORT.  The great players have these  qualities in equal measure so we use an equilateral triangle as a symbol of what we expect from our players -.


    • Always maintain a good attitude.



    • Always play/train to the best of your ability.



    • Always give your best effort.

We use Attitude as the baseline of our Performance Triangle because we feel that the only thing a player really controls is his attitude.  In our  view a good attitude maintains effort and allows ability to grow but feel free to rotate the triangle in any direction to reflect what you think is  most important (the performance target will stay the same). 


The main coaching point is that if one of the sides becomes shorter the others have to compensate or the Performance Triangle breaks.


Occasionally over the years we have put our Performance Triangle to a more practical use as an assessment and/or feedback tool. The Performance Triangle is based on the psychology of player performance and as such it can be used it to reinforce visually how a coach feels their players are  performing.  This can be done in two ways -


The coach simply makes an assessment and draws a triangle to reflect his thoughts.


  • By monitoring a player's activities giving 'performance points' for achievements in training, stats from a game etc.  The points can then be used to  construct a player triangle.


  • As an example: a player who shot well in a game, was late to a practice but trained hard during the week would have a triangle with a shortened Attitude line.


There are many uses and variations to this. Here are two -


1. Player triangles can be drawn to scale to reflect player standings the bigger the triangle the higher the player ranks etc.


2. Team triangles can be drawn to match game stats with training levels.


NOTE:  When using the Triangle for feedback we make allowances for younger/inexperienced players who often underperform in terms of ability but they  make up for this with effort and enthusiasm.