What does it mean to be a coach in New Zealand? Tim Motu from Sport Hawkes Bay has conducted a fascinating series of short video interviews with a range of top New Zealand coaches and the result makes for some fascinating viewing.
Helping young athletes develop specific skills is a huge part of coaching, but there are traps. Skills learnt in the context that they will be used are far more likely to be effective than those learnt in simple drills. In this article Brian McCormick demonstrates the difference using dribbling in basketball as the example.
When young athletes receive head injuries just how do you make decisions about what is safe and what is not? In this article from the Dr Mark Putnam on SportDigest.com provides some good insights.
Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation
Want to find out a little more about the science of motivation? Well, if you have the time (be warned the video is 18 minutes long) listen to Daniel Pink as he gives in an entertaining and insightful presentation.
How does a Baby Boomer coach communicate with a Generation Y athlete? If the essence of good coaching is to understand what the athlete really needs, then that is an issue that all good coaches have to come to terms with and understand. In this article social researcher Mark McCrindle presents an Australian perspective.
Sports development through video conferencing
Ever thought about how difficult it must be for athletes and coaches in remote regions to access expert support in their sport? It doesn’t come much more remote than the West Coast of the South Island but they have found a way to defeat the tyranny of distance. Check out this video from Jackie Gurden to see the innovative solution they have been trialling.