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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

Balanced Female Health

Balanced Female Health

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in New Zealand

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

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Coaches

Are we forgetting why young people play sport?

In this series of Balance is Better articles, Sport NZ explores the myths surrounding youth sport and the shift in thinking needed to halt declining participation levels in kiwi teens. Why do people play sports? To win, to move...

Coaches

What Is a Coaching Philosophy?

Our coaching philosophy is essentially the framework around which we build our coaching approach. It’s the product of our beliefs and values, and has a huge impact on our coaching methodologies and the way we work with others....
Coaches

Coaching Your Own Child – 5 Tips for the Parent-Coach

Being a parent-coach presents a unique set of challenges. Coaching is all about relationships, but sometimes the relationship between a parent and child poses different demands to that of an athlete and their coach. Balancing both can be...
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Coaches

Helping Children Build Mental Resilience Through Sport

In this Q&A video, Sport Development Consultant Kelly Curr talks to Neuroscience Trainer Kathryn Berkett to unpack the topic of resilience in sport and education, building resilience in children, and how youth sport can be such a great place for young people to develop...
Coaches

How many times should I tell you?

This article is shared by Player Development Project Communication is a crucial element of effective coaching. In this article, Professor Stephen Rollnick challenges traditional methods of coach communication and offers some practical solutions for coaches to improve player relationships. I...
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Coaches

Are there too many practices a week?

In this series of Balance is Better articles, Sport NZ explores the myths surrounding youth sport and the shift in thinking needed to halt declining participation levels in kiwi teens.  It is well known that when young people...
Coaches

Creating Positive Sports Environments

This article is shared by Player Development Project Player Development Project positive psychology expert, Lara Mossman discusses how to create positive sports environments for developing players. In this challenging article Lara discusses what role coaches can play in trying to...
Balance is Better in Action

“Don’t lose the joy” – White Fern, Suzie Bates

White Fern Suzie Bates grew up playing everything she could, chasing down her older brothers. She is now a Balance is Better Champion and after spending the past 18 years playing top level cricket, she can honestly say she still has fun.  “Sometimes when...

Webinars

Webinar replay: Athlete, Parent & Coach

Building Better Relationships in Youth Sport In this webinar, our host, Dave Wright is joined by two world class youth sport experts – Dr. Craig Harrison and Reed Maltbie.  Dave, Craig and Reed dive into a wide ranging...
Balance is Better in Action

Q&A with Balance is Better Champion, Jack Wang

Tell us a bit about you and where you grew up.  I’m currently a badminton player in the Badminton New Zealand Development Squad, and a student at the University of Auckland. I was born and grew up in...
Balance is Better in Action

Q&A with Balance is Better Champion, Stacey McKerchar

Tell us a bit about you and where you grew up. As a child I grew up on a farm in Mayfield, about 30km out of Ashburton. Having three older brothers, I always had to stand up for...
Balance is Better in Action

Q&A with Balance is Better Champion, Shontayne Hape

Tell us a bit about you and where you grew up. How did you first get involved in sport?  Te Atatu Roosters Under 6s (rugby league) was my first sports team. I loved the social skills involved with...
Balance is Better in Action

Q&A with Balance is Better Champion, Amy Nield

Tell us a bit about you and where you grew up. I grew up in the Hawkes Bay and moved to Auckland when I was 10. I have lived on the North Shore and now reside in East...

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