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

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...

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...
Coaches

The Number One Thing That Good Coaches Do

We all want to be the best coach possible. But what makes a good coach? And, by extension, is there a particular trait, ideology, or approach that all good coaches possess? In this article, we compile the opinions...
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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Sport Leaders & Administrators

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: ...
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

The Path to Excellence: Developing Warriors not Winners

This article is shared by Player Development Project Winners and Warriors: What is the difference and how can you help your players adopt a growth mindset and a focus on process and performance over outcome?  In this article...
Parents

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...
Coaches

The Other Side of Failure

This article is shared by Player Development Project Failure is crucial in human development. Whether as a coach, player, parent or another vocation, embracing failure as part of a journey towards improvement is crucial in the learning process. Reed...

Coaches

Performance is a Behaviour, Not an Outcome

This article is shared by Player Development Project Founder of Changing the Game Project and top Player Development Project contributor, John O’Sullivan shares his ideas about the definition of performance and how to create an environment of autonomy, learning and...
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...
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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...
Balance is Better in Action

Putting the Youth Voice in the Centre Circle

Gisborne Netball Centre has leveraged the power of sport to engage rangatahi, grow confidence and change lives. The challenge: a sporting decline Gisborne Netball Centre have seen declining participation from rural communities over the last 30 years. A...

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