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Performance is a Behaviour, Not an Outcome

This article is shared by Player Development Project Founder of Changing the Game Project and top Player Development Project contributor, John O’Sullivan shares his ideas about the definition of performance and how to create an environment of autonomy, learning and...
Case Studies

Case Study: Kayla Imrie

In this Balance is Better Case Study, we spoke to top New Zealand Kayaker, Kayla Imrie on her developmental journey from multiple sports, to the Rio Olympics. There’s not much that Kayla Imrie hadn’t tried before she settled...
Case Studies

Case Study: Ben Sigmund

In this Balance is Better Case Study, former All White and Wellington Phoenix player, Ben Sigmund discusses his journey and the importance of resilience and values. “There was this moment,” says Ben Sigmund. “I was in the pub....

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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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Development & Performance

Q&A: What is the benefit of a player-led training session?

This video is shared by Player Development Project The question this week comes from Liam: “I’m working with players around the age of 14. What are your thoughts on having a group of 2-3 players replace the coach...

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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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Coaching Fundamentals

Are You a Biased Coach?

This article is shared by Player Development Project How do we manage our own bias in coaching and player development? Founder of Fit Across Cultures, Susan Salzbrenner discusses this difficult topic that is inherently part of human nature but...
Coaching Fundamentals

Redefining Masculinity in Rugby Cultures

This article is shared by Player Development Project Masculinity plays a huge role in how male coaches communicate and behave. It also impacts how young men and boys express themselves in sporting environments. In this article, sports teacher...
Case Studies

Case Study: Lisa Carrington

In this Balance is Better case study, Lisa Carrington discusses her journey surf life-saving to kayaking and the value of failure along the way. “There are no secrets to success, It is the result of preparation, hard work...
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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

Experience doesn’t equal expertise

Dave Keelty unpacks whether experience is the be all and end all to becoming an expert.  To get better at something, we need to do more of it. Get more reps in, do the work, put in the hard yards....
Development & Performance

Interview: Michael Inglis – Sports Psychologist

This article is shared by Player Development Project People who know their values are often happier; they’re more focused, and live a more meaningful life. In this article, Player Development Project Positive Psychology expert, Lara Mossman met with...
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Development & Performance

How to Develop Footballers of the Future

This video is shared by Player Development Project In this Masterclass Discussion, Player Development Project Editor Dave Wright hosts Wellington Phoenix FC Academy Director, Paul Temple. Paul holds a UEFA A license and is alongside his role as...
Case Studies

Streetwise: Futsal Case Study

Futsal is becoming one of the most popular sports in New Zealand. In this Balance is Better Case Study, we examine how it’s grown so quickly. Around the country less sport is now taking place in the traditional...
Sport Leadership

Meeting the Needs of Youth

Young people value sport. So why do participation rates consistently drop at similar ages? In this article, Sport New Zealand presents some research that adults need to take note of. Introduction Sport offers many benefits for young people...

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

Coaching Fundamentals

The Other Side of Failure

This article is shared by Player Development Project Failure is crucial in human development. Whether as a coach, player, parent or another vocation, embracing failure as part of a journey towards improvement is crucial in the learning process. Reed...
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Sport Leadership

Back to the Future: Steve Hansen on Resistors

In this instalment of the Steve Hansen video series, we hear Steve discuss cultural expectations and resistance within the team environment. Steve outlines the model that the All Blacks have used around challenging the players and ensuring direction...
Case Studies

Nathan Twaddle on Flow

Former World Champion rower, Nathan Twaddle speaks to Balance is Better on athlete flow and being in the zone to perform. “You know from the sensation,” says Nathan Twaddle*. “You can hear the change as the boat cuts...
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...

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