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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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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...

For 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...
For 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...
For 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...
For Parents

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...
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,...
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For Coaches

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

Peeling the onion – Identity in youth sport 

Rarely do we take a moment to ponder our identity. That is, what are the x’s and o’s that have gone into making us who we are, what we are, and how we label ourselves. Our memories, our...
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...

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