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Sport Leadership

Maximising Player Potential with Rob Sherman

This video is shared by Player Development Project In this Player Development Project Masterclass Discussion, Dave Wright is joined by Rob Sherman to discuss how coaches can maximise player potential. This interview (recorded while Rob was NZF Technical...
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...

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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...
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,...

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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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Development & Performance

Back to the Future: Steve Hansen on Performance

In our third instalment of the Steve Hansen six part video series, we listen to Steve discuss where he believe performance comes from. With his usual dry sense of humour, we flash back to 2015 after the All...
Development & Performance

Breaking Mental Barriers

This article is shared by Player Development Project How do we break down self-imposed barriers? How do our own limiting beliefs affect coaching performance? Founder of Fit Across Cultures & cultural intelligence expert, Susan Salzbrenner examines just how you can...
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COVID-19 Resources

Webinar Replay: Coaches returning to play

Join Sport NZ and the New Zealand coaching whānau to hear expert advice for Kiwi coaches returning to youth sport. Who is this for? We recognise the critical role coaches play in creating a safe, positive and enjoyable...
Sports Parents

Let’s give our sporting youth a season to remember

When New Zealand went into Level 4 lockdown in mid-March, Sport NZ and five national bodies were in the middle of a public awareness campaign to drive positive change in the delivery of youth sport. That campaign, Keep...
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...
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Sport Leadership

Back to the Future: Steve Hansen on Learning

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. Leading into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, we...
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Development & Performance

Q&A: An evening with Kane Williamson by Sport Bay of Plenty

Kane Williamson joined Sport Bay of Plenty and the Bay of Plenty coaching network in a virtual Q&A. Here he discusses how playing multiple sports and having fun as a younger player helped shape his career. He also provides...
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Development & Performance

Trail Blazer: An Interview with Lara Andrews

In our interview, we speak to Balance is Better Champion and New Zealand Softball legend, Lara Andrews. In this interview, Player Development Project Editor, Dave Wright hosts Balance is Better Champion, Lara Andrews for an in depth discussion...

What can you
do to help?

An initiative by
In partnership with Player
Development
Project
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

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COVID-19 Resources

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...
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...
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Sports Parents

Les Elder on Improving Youth Sport

Les Elder is living proof of why Balance is Better. Black Ferns Captain, Les Elder is one of Sport NZ’s Balance is Better Champions helping spread the word, drive change and when she’s off the rugby field, work...

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