NZ Coach Links: 17 November 2015

17 November 2015

Latest coaching-related updates from around the Web.


“Tell me and I forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” As coaches, many of you will be familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s adage (or variations of it). Franklin was one of the founding fathers of the United States and also a scientist, author, politician and social activist. As a parent, coach and educator I’ve found Franklin’s words to be largely true. But as the video link (Echoes Beyond The Game) in this issue suggests, we don’t always forget what we are told. When a message is delivered at the right time, by the right person, in the right way, with the right intent, words (and the feelings they engender) stick.

I remember the five words one football coach said to me at a practice nearly 40 years ago. The same can apply, of course, when a person gets the delivery of a message ‘wrong’. So, yes, the words from a coach can echo for a long time … and kids’ words can have a powerful impact on adults, especially when spoken by Kid President (video, 3 minutes).

Brett Reid, Sport NZ Community Coaching Consultant

Coaching content and related reading

Sports governance in Japan: No more coach violence and fraudulent accounts
Japan is not only fighting bad governance in several sports, but also outdated, authoritative training methods. New rules for good governance have been set out to reform elite sport in one of the world’s leading sports nations, but conservative forces are working against them. (Play the Game)

Sporting Schools Deliver Benefits to Everyone
Having signed up as a community coach with Netball Victoria, Carter took the next step by getting involved at the ground level and has run several programs over the past two terms at schools around Melbourne. (

Jack Welch's Formula for Transforming Youth Sports
The latest from youth sports world: A youth football league was forced to cancel its season due to violent threats against league officials. (The BLOG)

Paul Green's success with North Queensland Cowboys proves value of a coaching apprenticeship
North Queensland mentor Paul Green believes his success in delivering the Cowboys their first premiership after just two years in the job is the latest example of why coaches should serve an apprenticeship elsewhere before taking charge of an NRL team. (The Sydney Morning Herald)

Workouts Don’t Matter
Workouts Don’t Matter. All this stuff about volume, intensity, frequency, heart rates, lactate, speed, power, endurance…it’s doesn’t really matter. None of it. (Swimming World Magazine)

Coaching Top Tips for Young People by Young People
sports coach UK’s Liz Burkinshaw recently attended the Cooperative StreetGames Young Volunteers (CSYV) conference in Walsall. The CSYV conference was for young people aged 16-25 who are volunteering at doorstep sport projects in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities. (sports coach UK)

Olympic Medal-Winning Leadership
The purpose of this qualitative research was to develop a detailed description of leadership in contemporary Canadian Olympic-medal winning sport to better understand how Olympic podium performances are developed. (

Real coaching more important than ever before, says Ric Charlesworth
There has been a paradigm shift in the way head coaches need to approach their jobs of preparing teams and athletes for success in today’s competitive world. (AIS)

Echoes Beyond the Game (video, 8 minutes)
A discussion of the lasting power of words on youth athletes. (TedxCincinnati)