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Performance More Crucial Than Results: Youth Football Expert
This article suggests that a player’s ability should be measured in terms of performance and not necessarily in terms of wins and losses. Coaches should also not instruct the players on every move otherwise they won’t learn... Read More
  The Future Of Sports Coaching - A Word From The Experts
This article reflects on how the role of coaches are changing nowadays. They not only need to possess technical skills but also soft skills such as inter and intra-personal skills... Read More
Improve Your Coaching By Not Coaching
Tackles the issue of over-coaching. Who does it, associated problems and how to avoid it... Read More
  Lessons From Justin, My First Assistant
A coach giving a recount of his assistant swimming coach, Justin on how to be a good youth coach... Read More
'Youth Coaching - More Than A Game' by Anna-Lesa
The speaker emphasises that youth sports can be treated as a form of development by integrating health and wellness into the training programme. Parents can let kids learn nutritional information without lecturing them. Lastly, she also talks about “soccer for success” and how they make the environment fun and safe for youth athletes... Read More
  Why Coach Children?
Three coaches sharing about why they love coaching children. and how they feel children can benefit from the sports experience... Read More
Retaining Experienced Coaches
A study on "retaining experienced coaches" that provides useful information and tips on how to prevent coach burnout... Read More
  Ten Signs Of A Good Sports Coach
Qualities that parents look out for in a good youth sports coach... Read More
Playing Is Not Coaching: Why So Many Sporting Greats Struggle As Coaches
Views that playing experience is only a small role in coaching. It only contributes to technical, tactical and some organisational socialisation. However, coaching emcompasses a way broader scope. Research shows there are advantages for coaches who have not played at an elite level. For example, those without elite playing backgrounds are generally able to start coaching and to develop their craft much earlier. In fact, they tend to have more extensive and varied experiences in all aspects of coaching work and the pathways of their sport... Read More
  Learn To Lose
Adults like parents and coaches are inculcating the idea of “winning at all cost”. Instead of making it an overly competitive environment, all kids should be given a chance to grow as ball players. Coaches themselves need to learn how to lose and not compromise a player’s growth over a winning . Learning to lose (for players) builds character and it gives the kids the chance to learn and take up the challenge together... Read More
Improve Your Coaching Through Better Learning
The author elaborates on learning as a coach through:
  1. Informal and formal learning - Formal through course and informal through things like social media 
  2. Learn about yourself - Increase your own exposure and this will let you realise what you don’t know
  3. Learn about your learners - Get to better know your learners at a personal level 
  4. Learn about learning - everyone learns differently and we need to know how to cater to all differences 
  5. Learn to reflect whilst living in the present - reflective practice
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  GAA National Games Development Conference 2017 - Wade Gilbert (45mins)
Talk by Wade Gilbert on how to be a better coach. Bridges the gap between research and practice. Learning points include:
  • "When one person coaches, 2 people learn” 
  • Coach people first, sport second
  • If you want people to do the “right” thing, you have to describe what “right” looks like
  • Player centered coaching 
  • Practice with purpose, variety, competition and game-speed
  • Don’t prove your ability, improve your ability
  • Reflective practice – requires noticing skills, things that matter 
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 Discuss what matters most to your athletes
This article emphasises the need to create a platform for athletes to express their concerns. So to ensure that the athlete receives the needed support to strive despite challenges which could adversely affect the athlete. This article provides useful tips to aid coaches in creating the ideal communication platform with their athletes... Read More
This article aids coaches in understanding and work with parents to deter certain behaviours. It is commonly seen in every junior team, every pitch and in every game resulting in confusion, demoralisation and wrecks a child’s self-esteem. By building harmonious relationships with parents is a coach's moral imperative and will shed the 'them and us' label. This article provides detailed explanation on ways to get parents on the side, setting ground rules, prioritising person before performer and to achieve the dream scenario... Read More
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