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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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How do I support an athlete with a variety of coaches?

We received the following question from Scott, a high school cricket coach,  How should we approach athletes who have more than one coach? I coach a couple of high school teams and a representative team. And work solely...
For Coaches

Four ideas to level up your coaching this season 

Want to take the next step in your coaching journey, but you’re not sure what to do next? Below, we’ve outlined four actionable ideas for coaches wanting to grow their craft.  Challenge: See if you can take one...
For Coaches

A Guide to Running Good Trials and Selection Processes

We know that trials and selection processes in youth sport can be a hot topic for many sports administrators, coaches, parents and athletes. And despite trials and selection processes being a significant part of the youth sport landscape,...

For Coaches

Peeling the onion – Identity in youth sport 

Identity /ʌɪˈdɛntɪti/  noun  the fact of being who or what a person or thing is. “he knows the identity of the bombers”  ___________________________  Rarely, do we take a moment to ponder our identity. That is, what are the x’s...
For 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....
For Coaches

Developing a Team Identity

Many coaches talk about team identity. But what does ‘identity’ mean? And how does it affect the athletes we coach? In this article, we’ll learn that the significance of identity is far-reaching, for both individuals and teams, and...
For Coaches

Developing Your Coaching Identity

Every coach has a coaching identity — some just don’t know it. The coaches that reflect on “what is their coaching identity?”, tend to benefit from this reflection by being able to identify the qualities that either help...
For Parents

7 games in 9 days! Navigating (crazy) athlete schedules 

In this article, Hamish reflects on a conversation with a mum about her daughter’s upcoming football schedule. Last weekend, I was down at my local football club, talking to Sarah*. In the throes of our conversation, Elise*, Sarah’s...
Leaders & Administrators

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...

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...

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