Tag Archives: development

The Big Event

The Big Race

At the time of writing this, twelve of my BMXers are away this week for the National Championships and two of my Mountain Bikers are preparing for the last leg of the National Series (and the National Champs three weeks later) I thought I’d post some thoughts on the week leading into the Big Event (race, tournament, competition, final, match ...

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National & State Sports Organisations

NSO

While working with a National Sport Organisation I was approached by a parent who suggested that National Sports Organisations shouldn’t be involved in the development of their sport. Paraphrasing Upton Sinclair’s quote it was difficult for me to accept his argument when my salary depended on him being wrong*. Over the duration of my employment I began to realise he ...

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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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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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