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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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in New Zealand

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

Coaches

Building Rapport and Developing Great Coach-Athlete Relationships

Building rapport and developing relationships is arguably the most important part of coaching. After all, coaching is a human activity, revolving around people, and centred upon our abilities to motivate, teach, and interact with one another. So how...

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...
Balance is Better in Action

Case Study: Good Sports and Golf New Zealand

Golf New Zealand has relied on a magic formula to navigate challenges, pairing their junior and youth participation approach with the Good Sports® programme. Introduction Golf NZ Futures is about creating quality experiences for young people aged 5-18....
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Coaches

Transforming Character Strengths into Productive Results

Take five minutes and write down on a piece of paper: How you define character? What are three to five character qualities of the team or individual you coach Ask another coach the same two questions and compare your answers. What...
Coaches

Balance getting better with doing too much

For every aspirational athlete, there comes a time, when the pursuit of excellence clashes with the maintenance of their own well-being.  Not being aware of this (and having strategies to manage) can be a recipe for ill-health and...
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...
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...
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...

Coaches

Nutrition for adolescent athletes who participate in endurance sports

Athletes who participate in endurance sports have particular nutrition requirements that differ from those involved in more general sporting codes. In this article, we discuss how young athletes can optimise their nutrition intake to maximise sport performance.   General...
Body and mind

Nutrition for strength-based sports

In this article, we discuss how parents and coaches can support the nutrition needs of adolescent athletes that participate in strength-based sports.  One of the functions of protein is to build and repair muscle. This makes it especially...
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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...

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