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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

Unpacking the Balance is Better principles

Unpacking the Balance is Better principles

Running good trials and selections

Running good trials and selections

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Being a perfectionist in sport

For many people, perfectionism is a concern. It features in lots of different areas of people’s lives. Importantly for sport parents, perfectionism can be rife among athletes at any age. This article is republished with permission from Sport...
Sport Leaders & Administrators

Let’s work together

It’s no secret we’re a fan of collaboration.  In fact, one of the key principles of Balance is Better is about “Working together” We’ve previously outlined in detail what it means to collaborate (including tips for organisations wanting...

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Coaches

There is still a race to win

Have you seen Sebastian Vettel’s retirement announcement?  It is a powerful watch.   In the four-minute video, Seb spends 90% of the time talking about who he is and what he wants to do. Away from the track.  “There...
Coaches

The CPR Method: How to Support Players When They Make a Mistake*

* Important clarification: we are not talking about poor skill execution, but more about poor game-decisions. In this article, Dr Sergio Lara-Bercial details his thoughts on how coaches should react when players make game-decision mistakes. Let’s get the...
Coaches

No Coach is an Island: Coaching in Competition

This article is republished with permission from iCoachKids In this article, Simon Toole discusses coaching feedback and intervention from the sideline. The all too familiar sights (above) at the side of a kid’s sports competition, and the sounds...
Coaches

Creating positive environments for young women

Musings from a Dad Coach I am very grateful to work in sport and in a role that supports organisations in providing positive sporting experiences for young people. Sport can be such a wonderful experience, and our relationship with...
Coaches

Skill Development for All

All young people should be offered participation and skill development opportunities. In this article, Sport Development Consultant, Hamish Rogers, discusses why and how. Talent programmes. Skill centres. Academies. Extension coaching.   Should these types of skill development opportunities be...
Value of sport

The Unique Wellbeing Benefits of Organised Sport

A recently published New Zealand study has found that participation in organised sport provides wellbeing benefits to young people, above and beyond the benefits derived from other recreational physical activities.  In this article, we take a deeper look...
Sport Leaders & Administrators

Are you measuring what matters?

Looking beyond the scoreboard to define success in youth sport  In an age where youth sport is becoming more professionalised at an earlier age, it’s important we reflect on how we measure success in youth sport. And in...
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Coaches

Coaches: How do you respond to repeated mistakes?

We often hear that mistakes are necessary for learning. But what does that mean for how coaches respond to repeated mistakes in decision-making?  In this Q&A, Hamish Rogers sits down with Dr. Vince Minjares, to discuss his Ph.D...
Coaches

How to Coach Different Skill Levels in the Same Team

A key challenge youth coaches will face is working with athletes with varying skill levels within the same team. It’s easy to just focus on the ‘good’ athletes, but great coaches know how to develop all athletes, regardless...

Coaches

Amplifying the Voice of Young Women in Sport

“Dear Coach, I really want you to know that each year as a young woman navigating the journey of the teenage years, my motivations change. I want to be healthy, but the loud voice in my head tells...
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Coaches

Resiliency in children through sport

In this Q&A video, Sport Development Consultant Kelly Curr talks to Neuroscience Trainer Kathryn Berkett to unpack why and how sport can be such a great place for young people to learn resilience.  What will you learn?  What is Resilience?  First of all, building resilience is...
Coaches

Hey Coach, what’s your stance on second chances?

What do Ted Lasso and Sir Steve Hansen have in common? This isn’t the start of a bad joke. Rather, that question was going through my head watching episode two of Ted Lasso’s second season.   Spoiler alert! The episode...

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