For Parents

How much should a Child be training for their Sport?

Specialisation

The title above is a common question that is asked, debated and pondered by Coaches and Parents a like. The short answer is either ‘we don’t know’ or ‘it depends’. In other words, we seem to have some ‘grey’ answers for a ‘black and white’ question. Some of the variables that might affect the answer include: Chronological age (how old ...

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Tips for Choosing a Coach

Coaching

How to Choose a Coach for your Child? Choosing a Coach isn’t always easy, especially when considering the variables such as qualifications, experiences, results, costs and proximity. Below are some guidelines Parents might want to take on for choosing the next Coach for your child. Scout for Coaches. See which Coaches are in your catchment area (depending on how far ...

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The ‘Earn the Right’ Principle

Earn the Right

For parents, the instinct to provide our children with ‘every available opportunity’, while admirable, may inadvertently be impeding their desire to achieve. Think of this desire to achieve as a thirst. And as soon as that thirst is quenched, so is the desire. This is captured in the oft-used quote in athlete development circles: The easiest way to ensure a ...

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Q&A: Clyde Rathbone

Clyde Rathbone Sprint

Former Wallabies and Brumbies winger, Clyde Rathbone and I met at the South African-based Natal Sharks in 2002. As it happened, it turned out to be a stand out year for Clyde with him making his Super Rugby debut, winning the Under 21 Rugby World Championship as captain and signing with the Australian-based Brumbies. Clyde, since we first met you’ve ...

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For Parents: 17 Dos & Don’ts

Dos & Don'ts

1. Do support the Coach, especially in public and in front of your child. Regardless of the emotions, always remember that the Coach has every one of their young athlete’s best interests at heart. If there is a disagreement, settle it privately. It’ll benefit all parties.  2. Don’t let ‘Did you win?’ be the first question you ask your child. Rather ...

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