Athlete Development

Athlete Development

7 ways to improve your coaching

I believe that coaching youth athletes is one of the highest impact and most rewarding things you can do. It’s your chance to make...

Do your athletes trust you?

Trust - It’s Not A Coach's Right It’s easy to think that an athlete’s trust is your right. But it’s not. It must be earned. Please...

It feels better when it’s raining

Ever been for a run in the rain? I’m talking about when it’s really raining. Like when jumping in puddles and taking a shower...

Quantity vs. Quality: doing more gets in the way of learning

The way in which many of our youth sport environments are st ructured creates an environment which leads athletes to believe that just doing more is...

Creating Environment: How can Coaches learn from the All Blacks?

“If you play for something bigger than yourself you play a bigger game.” The All Blacks are one of the most successful sporting teams on...

Environment is Everything

The smell of the first XV training room on game day is distinct. Peppermint infused heat rub, lynx scented deodorant and old mud all...

Stone Skipping and Youth Sport: What can it teach us?

When I was 12 we took a family vacation to New Zealand’s South Island. We flew into Christchurch, picked up a rental car and...

Talk less. Listen more. The Importance of Family Support in Athlete...

“They didn’t really push me. They didn’t force me to do anything. But they still supported me in everything I did”. - World Champion...

Four Ways to Develop Better Athletes

The best coaches take the time to understand their athletes so that they can provide the best environment to help them succeed. 1) Understand your...

Learning About Movement: The Squat

Previously I’ve introduced the concept of fundamental movement skills as a critical cog in the athlete development wheel. The requirements of physical sports performance are unpinned...

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My guest on the show today is Jamie Tout (@JamieTout). Jamie is the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Black Ferns, New Zealand’s senior...

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“Kids get to train alongside, be close to, connect with, these high performing athletes, world class, world champions in many cases, and it just...

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“Balance is key. You need time to regenerate, and reflect. And part of balance is about having fun. Are you still enjoying it when...

The Role of Teamwork in Youth Sport

The value of teamwork in sport is clear. Mike Krzyzewski, the men’s basketball coach at Duke University, led his team to five NCAA championships. He’s...