Balance is Better

Balance is Better 

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

Sport NZ has developed the Balance is Better philosophy to inform and provide a framework that puts the needs of the participant first. It originated from the Sport NZ Talent Plan 2016-2020 that focused on growing the capability of the sporting system to better prepare athletes in their development phase to help them realise their potential. Balance is Better has now become a broader conversation underpinning Sport NZ’s overall approach to youth sport that focusses on maximising participation and skill development.

For Parents - Parents are great enablers of youth sport.  Providing trsnports, washing uniformsna dn being good role models.  How can you support Balance is Better?

For Coaches - Creating positive expereinces for all the young people you coach is so important to keeping them in sport.  How can you provide great coaching expereiences?

For Leaders and Administrators - The actions you take as a club captain, school sport coordinator or sporting organisation can have a lasting impact.  How can you align with Balance is Better?

Good Sports - Positive Experience

Are you providing a positive experience? The Good Sports initiative believes we need to raise adults’ awareness about their behaviours in children’s sport, and if necessary, promote a positive shift in that behaviour.This is a great reminder to always focus on giving our kids a positive experience in play, sport and active recreation.#goodsportswaikato #behaviourchange #positiveshift 

How much is too much when it comes to youth sport?

A great article if some of the Balance is Better concepts that you have seen in the media are a little confusing."This guide has been produced to shed more light on the concepts of specialisation, early specialisation, playing multiple sports (also known as sampling), training load, overuse injury and overtraining.These concepts all underpin the guidance and advice provided about the amount of sport young people should participate in and the number of sports young people should participate in. The guide concludes with practical takeaways for how coaches, parents, sport leaders and administrators should apply this guidance and advice. "

5 Golden Rules of Sideline Supporters

We love our sideline supporters but it is good to be reminded of how we can best be a positive sideline supporter so that our youth have the best experience possible in sport.

1. Fun with friends come first

2. It’s their time let them shine

3. Applaud effort over outcome

4. Be a good sport too

5. Love watching them play

Golden Rules of Youth Sport Coaches

Our youth begin their netball season tomorrow. As youth coaches now is the time to check in to see if we are following the Golden Rules of Youth Coaching. It is also a great chance for parents to understand and find ways to support coaches in using the Golden Rules to create positive experiences in sport for our youth. 

1 Make it fun

2 Always be positive

3 Be patient with progress

4 Process over outcome

5 Teach life skills

6 Coach them to coach

7 Know your athletes

8 Beware of burnout

9 Be a good sport too

10 Coach their heart

In this video by BeSportive we hear from Dan Carter, Melodie Robinson, Phil Tataurangi, Anna Stanley, Ross Taylor, Dillon Boucher, Maia Jackman, Anna Lawrence, Eroni Clark, Warren Gatland and Monty Beetham about how sport coaches can create the best experiences for young Kiwis.

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