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COVID-19 and youth sport in New Zealand

The COVID-19 pandemic has widely and dramatically impacted all parts of society. As we continue to digest the shock that this pandemic is having on sport in New Zealand, it’s worth reiterating some sage advice flowing around –...
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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

Tips for coaches during lockdown

We all know Covid-19 is having an enormous impact on our lives right now. Work and social routines are significantly disrupted and sporting activity across the country, from community sport to high performance sport, has come to a...

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home of youth sport
in New Zealand.

Welcome
to the home
of youth sport
in New Zealand.

An initiative by
In partnership with Player
Development
Project
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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An initiative by
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Sports Parents

What is a Good Youth Sport Experience?

In this article, Sport Waikato shares insights into how adults can create a great sporting experience for our young people. So you get it. Youth sport is about fun. Competition is great, but when we creep into a...
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Sport Leadership

Wendi Henderson on Improving Youth Sport

Wendi Henderson is a former Football Ferns player and since her playing days has gone on to coach women’s football at all levels. On top of her vast experience in football, Wendi is also a Sport NZ Balance...
Development & Performance

Breaking the Machine

This article is shared by Player Development Project The machine that is premature professionalism in youth sport is a growing problem. Environments created to replicate professional sport, ‘elite’ pathways at 8-years-old and coaches removing autonomy from the environment...
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Development & Performance

Rebecca Dubber on Improving Youth Sport

Rebecca Dubber is a New Zealand Paralympic bronze medalist, who is passionate about getting more young people involved in sport and breaking down barriers. She shares her story and her role as a Balance is Better Champion. Rebecca...
Development & Performance

How Happiness Enhances Performance

This article is shared by Player Development Project Can happiness impact performance? Former Professional golfer and President of New Edge Performance, John Haime explains how putting enjoyment before achievement can maximise performance. Sometimes things get fuzzy in sports...
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Case Studies

Case Study: Netball New Zealand

Every weekend over the winter season thousands of Kiwi kids gather on netball courts around the country. From the outside, the sport is as strong as always with netball continuing to reign supreme as our most popular sport,...
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Coaching Fundamentals

How do I support an unhappy player?

This video is shared by Player Development Project The question this week comes from Michael via email; “I’m new to the club and still getting to know the players. I have one U14 player who is unhappy and...
Development & Performance

Relative Age Effect

This article is shared by Player Development Project Steve Lawrence is a consultant to Cruyff Football and Ajax in the Netherlands. With a Masters in International Sports Management, Steve founded the Football Analytics Lab and is at the forefront...
Sport Leadership

Learning Begins When Teaching Stops

This article is shared by Player Development Project How does a teacher or coach transition to a learner-centric view where you can allow the learner to explore and develop within the environment? Co-founder of Myfastestmile, Mark Upton reflects on...

What can you
do to help?

An initiative by
In partnership with Player
Development
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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.

An initiative by
In partnership with Player
Development
Project

Coaching Fundamentals

That’s Not How I Learn

This article is shared by Player Development Project How do you differentiate between each individual’s learning experience within your group? No single player’s experience is the same. In this article, Reed Maltbie discusses how you can ensure that...
Development & Performance

The Process

This article is shared by Player Development Project What is success in youth development? UEFA A licensed academy coach & PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright discusses his philosophy of what success looks like when a coach takes a long term...
Coaching Fundamentals

Why Talent is Irrelevant

This article is shared by Player Development Project Talent: Nature vs. nurture, is it relevant? Top PDP contributor and coaching innovator, Todd Beane discusses the preconceptions around talent and the role of the coach observing and assessing performance...

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