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

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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,...
Sports Parents

The Conversation Afterwards

This article 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 the Question… We have all been...
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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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Sports Parents

A message to Kiwi Coaches

COVID-19 has meant thousands of Kiwi kids have missed out on sport and the wellbeing benefits it provides. As we move closer to the return of community sport, coaches will play a critical role in inspiring, connecting and...
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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

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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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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...
Coaching Fundamentals

Praise vs. Affirmation

This article is shared by Player Development Project Prof. Stephen Rollnick is a pioneer in motivational interviewing and in recent years has been applying his knowledge to sport. In this article, Stephen offers a psychology perspective on the...
Case Studies

‘I thought I was crazy’: cyclist’s painful endo battle

This story was originally published in LockerRoom at Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. At least one in 10 New Zealand women suffer every month from endometriosis. NZ cycling champion Kirstie Klingenberg (nee James) talks to Suzanne McFadden about the...
Development & Performance

What’s Next? A Perspective of Athlete Identity

This article is shared by Player Development Project Athletes can tie their entire identity to their sporting exploits. PDP contributor & mental performance expert, John Haime shares insight into the challenge for athletes coming to the end of their career,...
Development & Performance

Why specialising later can reduce the risk of injury and burnout

Good practice at youth development level can enable both life-long participation in sport and future high-performance outcomes. The High Performance Athlete Development team at High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) works with targeted National Sport Organisation’s to create...
Development & Performance

Breaking the silence on syndrome hurting female athletes

This story was originally published in LockerRoom at Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. It’s the syndrome few people have heard of – or dared talk about – but RED-S is affecting the health of many of our female athletes. New Zealand,...
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...
Case Studies

The constant loss that wiped out Kayla Imrie

This story was originally published in LockerRoom at Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. Olympic paddler Kayla Imrie has struggled for a decade with the debilitating condition menorrhagia and now wants to help other young women to talk about their periods. ...
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Development & Performance

Webinar Replay: Implementing Character Development by Sport Wellington

In their latest Coaching through COVID-19 webinar series, Sport Wellington extended on the Transforming Character Strengths into Productive Results webinar delivered by Balance is Better by hosting a session on how coaches can take action to implement character development in their coaching.  This webinar focuses on sharing practical ideas and...

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.


Case Studies

RED-S syndrome knocked Kiwi cyclist off-track

This story was originally published in LockerRoom at Newsroom.co.nz and is republished with permission. Commonwealth Games cycling silver medallist Georgia Williams is on the comeback road, after taking time out to let her body recover from RED-S syndrome. Watch Video Here At the...
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Coaching Fundamentals

Webinar Replay: Transforming Character Strengths into Productive Results

Join Sport NZ and the New Zealand coaching whānau to hear from international character development and leadership expert, Dr Ralph Pim. Dr Ralph Pim is an inspirational teacher, dynamic team builder, and author of nine books. He’s recognised as a global expert in character and leader...

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