NZ Coach links: April 2017

1 May 2017

The NZ Coach newsletter for April 2017


This month’s NZ Coach Mag is a bit of a ‘grab bag’, with a variety of, I hope, interesting stories. We lead off with another great Tech Blog from Jim Dickin, our resident (in the virtual sense) sport-tech guru. The next story is a Scottish Disability Sport video on coaching, learning and leadership. But don’t think this isn’t relevant for you if you aren’t coaching disabled participants, for the principles remain the same (sometimes an oft-heard message resonates more when heard with a new voice). There’s also a nice story for coaches about how to help youngsters manage their emotions and expectations when playing sport (and perhaps the follow-up story could be on how youngsters can help coaches manage their emotions and expectations!). Lastly, there is another slightly left-field offering from BrainPickings. Erich Fromm’s Six Rules on Listening draw on Fromm’s PPK (personal practical knowledge) as a long-time psychologist. “Understanding and loving are inseparable,” says Fromm. Now if that sounds a bit, you know, ‘soft’, then let me recount what someone once said to me about children’s sport: ‘If you are going to coach children’s sport, you better like sport, but you better like children more.” Have a great May!

Brett Reid, Community Coaching Consultant, Sport NZ
Hear Tech Blog – Motivation with Technology by Jim Dickin
Sitting in my dim and dusty man cave is a Concept 2 rowing ergometer. The use of a new app and the wireless capabilities of a new rowing computer have got me using this erg on a much more regular basis and even motivated my daughter to do the same. [Tech4Coaching]
Coaching, Learning and Leadership
Video [Scottish Disability Sport]
Mood swings: Helping young athletes keep their cool
Sports are a great way for young kids to have fun, interact with others and stay fit. Plus, they learn valuable life lessons like how to communicate with one another and the importance of teamwork. [SportingKidLive]
Responsible Coaching campaign targets parents to strengthen ethical behaviour in sport
Coaching Association of Canada - (OTTAWA – April 20, 2017) The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) have launched a Responsible Coaching campaign targeting parents and coaches of youth enrolled in organized sport with enhanced ways to strengthen safety and ethical values in sport. [SIRC News Hub]
Look to captains, not coaches, to lead your team
It is difficult to know what to make of professional coaches because they do most of their work in private and face challenges outsiders can't see. []
Erich Fromm’s 6 Rules of Listening
“An experience makes its appearance only when it is being said,” wrote Hannah Arendt in reflecting on how language confers reality upon existence.
Recommendations made in "Duty of Care in Sport" report from Baroness Grey-Thompson
A series of recommendations have been made by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson as her year-long duty of care review was published by the UK Government.
[Inside the Games]