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How much is too much when it comes to youth sport?

How much is too much when it comes to youth sport?

How to coach with a Balance is Better philosophy

How to coach with a Balance is Better philosophy

Balance is Better Principles Poster

Balance is Better Principles Poster

Creating a positive parent culture

Creating a positive parent culture

Resources for Sport Administrators

For Parents

Collaborating for (better) impact

One of the key principles of the Balance is Better philosophy states: Aotearoa’s sport sector must work collaboratively to encourage the widest...

What is Balance is Better?

Balance is Better is an evidence-based philosophy about keeping young people in sport – regardless of their motivation for playing sport. Sport leaders & administrators are a key audience for the philosophy, given they play a really important role in delivering youth sport. That’s because whether they are a paid administrator in a national or regional sport organisation; a principle at a school; a school sport coordinator; or a volunteer club administrator; the decisions that these people make can have a vast impact on the experiences of many participants.

The Balance is Better philosophy has been developed by the NZ sport system (e.g. sport organisations, leaders and administrators, schools, clubs, coaches, parents and volunteers) to support the culture change needed to provide quality sport opportunities for tamariki (5-11) and rangatahi (12-18).

Sport leaders & administrators should use the Balance is Better philosophy to guide their thinking when leading, supporting and enabling the provision of sport.

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Balance is Better philosophy.

Principles of Balance is Better

How much is too much when it comes to youth sport?

A guide to understanding specialisation, playing multiple sports, and training load.

Recently, lots of guidance and advice has been aimed at coaches, parents, and sports leaders & administrators about how much sport young people should do, and whether young people should participate in one sport or many.

Resources for Sport Leaders & Administrators

For Parents

Season of change

The changing of seasons has historically seen frustrated parents, flummoxed coaches and overworked athletes. The Covid-19 Pandemic provided an opportunity for New...
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