Athlete Development

Athlete Development

Parents, What You Say After the Game Matters

It’s difficult to contain your emotions when you care deeply about something, or someone, and things go wrong. Remember how it felt the last...

Lessons from A Silver Fern

Guest Contribution: Anna Harrison - New Zealand Netballer. Another big year of Northern Mystics and New Zealand Silver Fern Netball commitments has come to an...

Youth Sport: How Much Is Too Much?

How do you know how much sport is too much? How do you know that all the training you’re doing isn’t doing more harm than...

How to Stop Your Emotions Affecting Your Game

Does your game crumble under high pressure? Are you hard on yourself when you make a mistake? Are you quick to blame others when...

Stop yelling from the sideline to go harder, and start teaching...

Have you ever had an athlete pull out of a maximal fitness test claiming they’re done, when clearly it’s just not the case? Have...

3 Exercises for getting faster

Explosive athletes win games. Imagine the rugby player who tears through the gap to score a try in the last minute, or the footballer who...

The problems with developing early and how to avoid it

There are two times in life when you go through an accelerated period of growth. The first is during infancy. It’s a rapid stage...

EP 22 – Dr Jean Côté – Play vs Practice,...

If you’ve read Outliers by Malcom Gladwell, you’ll know that it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice to become an expert. Unfortunately, it’s not quite...

EP 35 – Nicolas Gill, Ph.D. – Coaching the All Blacks,...

“It’s not about how sore you become, or about how hard you’ve pushed yourself into a hole, it’s about the value you’ve added to...

5 Reasons Why Competition is Good (and bad) for your Child

What does the word ‘competition’ bring to mind? Is all competition a good thing? How do you distinguish between helpful competition and that which...

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EP 38 – Camilla Knight, Ph.D. – Developing Confidence, Managing Stress,...

“Knowledge is power. If parents have knowledge of what their kids are trying to achieve, they have a much better opportunity to support them.” Today’s...

Less Hustle, More Precision: Why the Best Athletes Focus On Skill

There’s a deep-rooted belief in youth sport that training should leave you sore, red faced and out of breath. A belief that the fittest...

EP 37 – Eddie Kohlhase, MNZM – Humility, The Art of...

“What I’ve learnt as a parent, and as a coach, is that my role is to teach them to work it out. Because I’m...

EP 36 – Adam Price, Ph.D. – The Unmotivated Teenage Boy...

“The child is running the race, but it’s the parent’s job to make sure they stay on the track.” Today on the show I’m chatting...

Relationships Are More Important Than Gold Medals

The golden sand of Hahei Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula was my summer haven growing up. My days were spent swimming, fishing, diving and...