NZ Coach links: October 2017

26 October 2017

The NZ Coach newsletter for October 2017


Something for everyone
A quick recap … what are the four core principles of Sport NZ’s Community Coaching Strategy? If you are not sure (or even if you are), read on, as some of this month’s content is aligned with each of them. 

Principle 1: Coaches are leaders – the first link this issue could be the MOST important video you watch this year! Now, just so you know: the video is an hour long … how curious are you? Whether you are a coach or not, reflect on what this video means to you. And then … send the link to another coach, or parent, or teacher, or administrator, and TELL THEM you would love to discuss the ‘Pyramid of Leadership Development’ with them – ‘Please watch the video so we can learn together by talking about it.’ 

Principle 2Participant and athlete focused – I recently attended an excellent HP conference in Dublin. One of the keynote addresses was given by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, the author of the UK government’s report entitled Duty of Care in Sport. There are many obvious reasons why this is important for coaches but a sometimes overlooked one is that sport’s have a duty of care responsibility to coaches as well as participants (and, of course, officials, support staff, and so on). The link to the report is below, as well as a link to an article on what can happen when duty of care is absent (‘Para-swimmers bullied and verbally abused in coach’s 'climate of fear’’). 

Principle 3: Continuous learning – click on the TEDxTalk link for The Curious Person's Guide to Learning Anythingand find out what it looks like to learn 52 new skills (52Skillz) in 52 weeks! 

Principle 4: Collaboration amongst coaches – the Toni Minichiello interview is partially grounded in HP, and the collaborative piece is more about support people, however, I believe the idea and considerations translate to any coaching context. What do you think?

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Nga mihi
Brett Reid
Community Coaching Consultant
‘To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well’ – John Marshall

What’s in this issue? Leadership; Duty of Care (participant-focused); Learning; Collaboration; Coaching the self-taught; the cost of winning ‘at all costs’; Concussion; Why you should leave the Comfort Zone
US Football National Conference – Building Programs of Excellence [video] [BeLike Coach]
Duty of Care in Sport
The most important element in sport is the people involved, whether they are taking part, volunteering, coaching or paid employees. [UK Government; author Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBR, DL]
Para-swimmers bullied and verbally abused in coach’s 'climate of fear'
The duty of care scandal engulfing Olympic and Paralympic sport has plunged to a new low as British Swimming admitted disabled swimmers, including vulnerable teenagers, were subjected to a “climate of fear” while training for Rio 2016. [The Guardian]
The Curious Person's Guide to Learning Anything – Stephen Robinson [video] TEDxUAlberta
Toni Minichiello, Athletics Coach: Flexibility and collaboration to drive medal success [video] [Leaders in Sport]
Coaching gives self-taught surfing superstar Tyler Wright a new edge
Tyler Wright, the extraordinarily talented 2016 world surf league (WSL) championship tour winner, finally gave in and took a surf lesson last year. [AOC]

Nonprofit Seeks to Transform 'Win at All Costs' Mentality
EVANSVILLE - Craig Shoobridge met with his players down the left-field line after a lopsided loss in a fall-league baseball game last year. [The Evansville Courier]
Creating A Culture Of Concussion Safety Requires Teamwork All Season Long, Not Just One Day
“If I can get up and walk away from it, yeah, I’ll probably keep playing,” one player said. [Huffington Post]
7 Reasons to Abandon Your Comfort Zone and Why You’ll Never Regret It
Imagine with me for a second. You wake up, roll over, and blindly reach to hit your alarm to start the routine of the day. Make the same thing for breakfast. [Tiny Buddha]