Decisiveness Scoring by AthleteTypes
According to Dr. Troutwine, the TAP measurement of decisiveness is aimed at measuring the natural ability an athlete has to make quick decisions.
This quick decision-making process is important for any athletic competition or sports position, but especially those where quick decisions that make a huge impact on the outcome are required. These kinds of decisions are normally made in dynamic, fast-moving sports.
Boiled down to its simplest form, the decisiveness measurement an athlete receives from the TAP will be an accurate measure of their natural ability to make quick decisions, particularly in crunch time.
The measurement will reflect how cautious or risk-averse an athlete might be when making these quick decisions.
A High Decisiveness Score
Someone who scores highly in the decisiveness category is more likely to naturally make quick decisions without hesitation– this applies to both sports competition and life.
Speed isn’t the only element of decisiveness, however. According to Tom FitzGerald of FitzGerald associates, a CEO consulting firm, there are four elements to decisiveness in any aspect of life.
These four elements include:
- Speed — the time it takes to make a decision
- Importance — the nature of what is being decided upon
- Commitment — to carrying out the decision, no matter the difficulty
- Rightness — the correctness of the decision
A Low Decisiveness Score
A low score in decisiveness likely reflects an athlete’s preference for making deliberate and cautious decisions.
This could stem from them hating (or fearing) being wrong after they’ve made a choice, causing them to be hesitant at times.
As stated before, this low score could also reflect the athlete being risk-averse, meaning they prefer making decisions where not much risk is involved with the result.
It would likely help to have the athletes who score low on decisiveness focus on exercises that help them become more comfortable with risk-taking or risk in general.
For some who score low on decisiveness, it is helpful to just learn that making mistakes is okay!
Sometimes, even knowing the steps in the decision making process can help those with low scores evaluate where they may need to work on their skills and decision-making habits.
As it’s explained on referee.com, “Effective decision-making is the process of identifying potential infractions and then taking action. The three main stages of the decision-making process are: clarifying what the decision is, assessing exactly what is involved and utilizing all the necessary resources including rules knowledge, mechanics and experience.”