NZ Coach links: June 2016

3 June 2016

The latest NZ Coach newsletter


1. a special personal quality or power of an individual making them capable of influencing or inspiring large numbers of people
2. a quality inherent in a thing which inspires great enthusiasm and devotion

When you mention the word ‘charisma’ to New Zealanders they are just as likely to think of a horse as they are to think of a personality trait or personnel attribute.

This month’s NZ Coach Mag contains a look at four well-known football managers (Klopp, Ranieri, Mourinho, Ferguson) through the lens of ‘charisma’. Such approaches can often end up being more entertaining than informative but it is interesting perhaps to think about charisma as a means rather than an end. If you accept for a moment the two definitions above, and that some coaches are indeed ‘charismatic’, what does that mean for the athlete/participant, and the coach-participant partnership? What do charismatic coaches do better than other coaches? Can you be a charismatic coach if you not a high performance coach? Conversely, what are the risks of having a charismatic coach? Those questions might make an interesting workshop discussion.

Brett Reid, Sport NZ Community Coaching Consultant

88.5% 2016 NFL Draft picks played multiple sports in high school
The 2016 NFL Draft had the highest percentage of high school multiple sport athletes drafted since 2013 (Tracking Football)

Do rev-up speeches and coaching sprays really work in modern AFL football?
“When I was a kid, I loved my toy trucks and my bike, but on my 10th birthday my parents gave me a box of 20 wooden soldiers …” (theguardian)

Coaching from the top of a Double Decker Bus
I am reading 'Good Ideas – How to Be Your Child’s (and Your Own) Best Teacher' by the excellent Michael Rosen. (UK Sport Coach)

Credit New Coaching Approach as Finland Hockey Seeks Triple
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — With the quarterfinals of the men’s hockey world championship set to begin here and in Moscow on Thursday, eight teams are still in pursuit of gold. But only one has a chance to become the first country to earn triple gold. (New York Times)

Coaching BMX – the luckiest gift
There’s not an athlete alive who hasn’t at some stage or another benefited hugely from the input of their coach (The Dirt)

Will Brendon Bolton’s success see more coaches come from non AFL backgrounds?
FORMER St Kilda coach Grant Thomas believes Brendon Bolton’s early success at Carlton could ignite a coaching revolution that is long overdue. (FoxSports.Com)

The charismatic ones: football’s flamboyant managers and their fans
What is charisma? It’s an elusive question; we all know charismatic people in the public eye but what are the ingredients that go into making one? (The Conversation)