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.

Nine Balance is Better principles were created to support the whole sport system (sport leaders, administrators, coaches, parents, wh ānau) to think about how they can provide quality sport experiences for young people. These principles should help guide thinking about the design and delivery of sport experiences for young New Zealanders aged 5-18, so that these experiences:

  • encourage young people to stay involved in sport for life
  • support young people to realise their potential at the right time
  • enable wider wellbeing outcomes to be generated for young people in and through sport Principles 

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 experiences 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

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. "

Sideline Support

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

Youth Sport Coaches

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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