NZ Coach links: September 2018

10 September 2018

The NZ Coach newsletter for September 2018


Let’s control the ‘verbals’
Remember the old saying, ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.’ Turns out, the last part isn’t true. Neuroscientific evidence suggests that ‘verbal abuse’ can cause changes to a young person’s brain that may have long-term negative consequences. And in the short-term, we'd suggest the anxiety and fear created wouldn’t be helpful either.
Shouting at kids in sport wouldn’t necessarily, or usually, meet the threshold of ‘verbal abuse’, although we expect we’ve all seen some that might. But we think the research that’s been done by people such as Dr Martin Teicher serves as a good reminder that words do matter … and potentially for a long time.
We recently reflected as a group on all the coaches we've had in sport. We could remember almost all of them, but between us there’d been two coaches who were remembered specifically because they’d said something that made us feel better about ourselves.
So, let’s all agree it’s never okay to yell in a young person’s face, or ‘rip into’ a child for making a mistake. Or stand by and watch others do it. Shouting aggressively at someone always diminishes the relationship, but kindness never does.
Ngā mihi
The Sport NZ Sport Development Team.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr Seuss

Echoes beyond the game: the lasting power of a coach's words | Coach Reed 

A discussion of the lasting power of words on youth athletes.
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Every kid needs a champion

Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids."
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Dear David Coleman: My son never misses GAA training but is always a sub. Should I encourage him to quit?

Q: My 11-year-old son plays GAA. He goes to all the training but is then left to sit out the matches until the last five minutes. 
[Irish Independent]
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The future of sports coaching – a word from the experts

A sports match is far more multi-layered than we ever give it credit for: there are far more factors involved in the decision-making process than we realised.
[Coach Logic]

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Kids talk sport: What do you love about sport?

With a focus on participation and having a good time, our holiday programs are suitable for primary school aged children and will have your child exploring a world of fun, activity and adventure.[YouTube] 

Motor learning: What coaches should know about the science

Coaches are the ultimate teachers and, as a profession, being called a coach is a true honor. 


Strategy vs. tactics: What’s the difference and why does it matter?

In order to do anything meaningful, you have to know where you are going.

[Farnham Street]

First principles: The building blocks of true knowledge

First-principles thinking is one of the best ways to reverse-engineer complicated problems and unleash creative possibility.