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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

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

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Resilient youth: Harnessing the power of sport

He moana pukepuke e ekengia e te waka  A choppy sea can be navigated  The stats on anxiety and depression in young people continue to pour in. And they continue to alarm.  Earlier this year, WHO released a...
For Parents

Changing how we talk about young women’s bodies

The physical and social changes teenage girls go through can often push them away from sport. So we need to change the way we talk about puberty and periods, says women’s health in sport working group, WHISPA. This story was originally published...
Balance is Better in Action

Canterbury Sports Sign First Season Alignment Agreement

This is an update on the previous article about the work Canterbury sports have been doing to align seasons A commitment has been made by twelve Canterbury sporting codes, Christchurch City Council, School Sport Canterbury, and Primary Sport...

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 Zealand sports codes to address this. As one sports season rolls into another, many young athletes...
For Coaches

How Coaches Can Help Young Athletes Develop a Growth Mindset? 

Coach, do you want to develop confident and resilient athletes? Then coaching your athletes to develop a growth mindset should become a key part of your coaching toolbox.  Research has shown that having a growth mindset is a...
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Balance is Better in Action

Andrew Eade: A Decade at Sport New Zealand

In this interview, we hear from Andrew Eade, reflecting on a decade at Sport NZ, and the changes he has seen in the New Zealand sport sector.  Andrew Eade, Sport Development Team Lead, has called time on his...
Balance is Better in Action

Wellington regional sport organisations make changes for participant wellbeing

Six major sports organisations in Wellington have agreed to improve the experience for players and parents by aligning their respective season transition dates. In a first for Wellington, College Sport Wellington, Netball Central, Wellington Hockey, Capital Football, Wellington...
Women and Girls

#itsmymove – encouraging young women to move their way

It’s been more than three years since Government launched its Strategy for Women and Girls in Sport and Recreation, and since Sport NZ responded with 24 commitments. Over three years, immense progress has been made in highlighting and...
Balance is Better in Action

Taranaki Hockey: Bringing back fun with festivals

Bold and courageous leadership within the hockey community means more young Taranaki players are being offered better opportunities to learn new skills and have fun with friends. Changes to the traditional representative pathway for u13s and u15s were...
Women and Girls

Reframing physical activity for and with young women

We need to continue to ask ourselves if the rationale of the action or initiative has been informed by young women. If yes, ka rawe! Awesome! If not, then why are we doing it? We might need to...
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For 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...

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For 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...
Women and Girls

Young women’s engagement in sport in a ‘pandemic’ world

For many, the stop-start nature of sporting seasons, or the abrupt and prolonged cessation of training and competition, mean that they have lost important aspects of their social lives. During such a critical time in their lives when...
Women and Girls

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...
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For Parents

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 and how can we build resilient children? ...
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For Parents

Unpacking the Balance is Better principle – Bold and Courageous Leadership 

“Bold and courageous leadership at national, regional and local levels is required to design and deliver quality youth sport participation and development opportunities “. In this video, Sport Development Consultants Alex Chiet and Hamish Rogers, unpack the Balance is Better principle – Bold & Courageous Leadership. Key Points: ...

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