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in New Zealand

Balance is Better is about creating quality experiences for all young people to keep them active and in the game.

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The power of sport in life – White Sox Captain, Lara Andrews

One bad day changed White Sox captain Lara Andrews’ life forever.  At the time the then 19-year-old was going through “teenage stuff” while working as a data entry operator.  “I’d had such a bad day, it was one of my lowest lows,...
Coaching Fundamentals

Playful Mastery

This article is shared by Player Development Project. Coming from a position of influence in young players’ lives, we continually aim to create ‘perfect’ environments for development. Mark Upton co-founder of myfastestmile, explains the organic learning curve that occurs without our...
Development & Performance

Are late developers really at a disadvantage?

In this article, Dr Jason Tee discusses how late-developers may be advantaged (as opposed to early-developers) in their development pathways, and ultimately become more successful in sport. David vs Goliath… During the first week of July, I had...

Development & Performance

Upcoming Webinar: Raising the bar in coaching youth sport

Join Sport NZ and the New Zealand coaching whānau for our first webinar in 2021, focused on raising the bar when it comes to coaching youth sport. We are excited to be joined by international youth sport coach...
Coaching Fundamentals

Latest Research: Key Characteristics of The World’s Best Coaches

This article is shared by Player Development Project What characteristics do the world’s best coaches have in common? Player Development Project Lead Researcher, James Vaughan shares insight from a study at the University of Queensland on the key...

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Welcome
to the home
of youth sport
in New Zealand.

Whether you are a parent, coach, administrator or leader
in youth sport, Balance is Better is for you.

Balance is Better offers a fresh way of thinking for those involved in delivering youth sport in New Zealand. With teen participation levels declining, it’s about creating quality experiences for all young people to keep them active and in the game.

Balance is Better focusses on how to encourage participation at all levels and develop skill at the right pace. With a mix of articles, interviews, case studies and videos from specialists, endorsed by Sport New Zealand, Balance is Better is a way to keep up with the play on the latest advice from trusted sources.

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No Coach is an Island: Coaching in Competition

This article is republished with permission from iCoachKids In this article, Simon Toole discusses coaching feedback and intervention from the sideline. The all too familiar sights (above) at the side of a kid’s sports competition, and the sounds...
Development & Performance

Skill: Adapting to the Environment

This article is shared by Player Development Project Player Development Project Lead Researcher James Vaughan highlights recent experiences adapting to new environments to discuss the research around affordances, forms of life and scorpion kicks. At Player Development Project...
Development & Performance

A tale of two questions

As a coach moves from being a novice to becoming more of an expert, they transition from focusing on the ‘right’ way to do things to understanding that there is no one ‘right’ way. In this article, Dave...
Case Studies

“Don’t lose the joy” – White Fern, Suzie Bates

White Fern Suzie Bates grew up playing everything she could, chasing down her older brothers. She is now a Balance is Better Champion and after spending the past 18 years playing top level cricket, she can honestly say she still has fun.  “Sometimes when...
Coaching Fundamentals

The Power of Moments in Youth Sport

This article is shared by Player Development Project. Moments in sport can have a huge impact on a young athlete’s life. Founder of Changing the Game Project, John O’Sullivan shares his thoughts on a fantastic new book called The...
Sports Parents

The “Unknown Damage” caused from the touchline

This article was originally published by www.parentsinsport.co.uk. It is republished with permission from iCoachKids. Every weekend all over the world millions of parents, children and coaches set off for their weekly sporting ritual ‘Match Day’. Many will follow...
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Secondary School Sport

Understanding Identity with Dr. Suze Brown

This video is shared by Player Development Project In this Masterclass Discussion, Player Development Project Editor, Dave Wright sits down with Dr. Suze Brown, a Clinical Psychologist and expert in the areas of identity and attachment theory. Suze...
Development & Performance

Using sport to help forge resilience

This article is shared by Player Development Project How can sport help build resilience in people? Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Staffordshire University, Dr. Martin Turner shares some examples of failure and success in sport from football, golf...
Sports Parents

The Conversation Afterwards

This article was originally published by www.parentsinsport.co.uk. It is republished with permission from iCoachKids. In this article, Gordon MacLelland provides advice and key tips for parents on the after-match conversation. To say or not to say, that is...

What can you
do to help?

Keep up with the play on the latest thinking, advice
and coaching tips from trusted sources.
For Coaches

Keep winning in perspective and focus on developing a love of sport.

For Parents

Working together we can provide a positive sporting environment for our kids.

For Administrators

As leaders we need to be bold and courageous to tackle the change needed.


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Secondary School Sport

What are the benefits of mixed playing experiences?

This video is shared by Player Development Project The question this week comes from Paul via email; “What are the benefits of my players being exposed to mixed experiences against players at a better level or older ages?”
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Coaching Fundamentals

What is coaching?

This article is shared by Player Development Project The question this week comes from Dan Wright, who was asked: “What is coaching?” Image Source: Serkan Göktay
Sports Parents

What playing Fortnite has taught me about coaching

This article is republished with permission from iCoachKids Sergio recounts playing Fortnite with his sons, and some valuable coaching lessons he learnt along the way. If you don’t know Tilted Towers or Loot Lake, you know nothing… Fortnite,...
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Sport Leadership

Back to the Future: Steve Hansen on Vulnerability

In this six part video series, we rewind to 2015 with All Blacks Coach, Steve Hansen as he discusses key lessons in leadership throughout his own coaching journey. In our second of the Steve Hansen video series, we...

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