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October 31, 2017

A well-known New Zealand electronics retailer of the 1980s, the late Alan Martin, had a strap-line on TV adverts in which he appeared, "If it's not right, we'll put it right and it's the putting right that counts". I always thought he would have been a useful contribut...

October 29, 2017

"I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. And that is is why I succeed." (Michael Jordan, 1998)

This is one of Michael Jordan's best known quotes and many coaches reference it. I go further today as many young athletes already don't...

October 22, 2017

Sometimes we need to know when to keep quiet!  We have a lot to say in practice. Skill or technical correction is a critical part of our role. And when our athletes are rehearsing or training to competition standard, we should use our moment with the athlete, because i...

October 20, 2017

Coaches often talk about their philosophy. But what we often then get is less philosophical and more about 'what' coaches do. So let's look at two things. Philosophy -  put most simply, it means that approach or attitude you bring that acts as a guiding principle for b...

October 14, 2017

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has responsibility for the World Anti-Doping Code (the Code). New Zealand’s own Drug Free Sport New Zealand is a government agency with responsibility (in law) for implementing the Code. If you’ve never seen the Sports Anti-Doping Ac...

October 14, 2017

It's common for coaches and players to think that the effective elite coach has 'secret sauce' in their coaching that lower level coaches don't. But most research into effective coaches reveals that the best coaches do basic things that all coaches do - but the best co...

October 14, 2017

Good coaches act like good teachers. They care about those over whom they have responsibility and constantly engage in reflection on what they do and how they do it.


Legendary US Football coach, Paul Brown, had no doubts about the teaching side of coaching[1]:

“A pro… c...

October 14, 2017


It's a provocative title, as I've often been asked this question, or versions of it. My answer is simple. When I coach - I teach. And that's the simple answer. While the sports (or music or dance) coach is concerned with the specifics of the sport, you want something...

October 14, 2017

This might be an odd title. But it's a long-standing topic. How to ensure your athletes get a meaningful amount of your time in a team or group session. This is the opposite of the one-on-one or two situation, where athletes may often say, privately of course, that the...

October 14, 2017

US Navy SEALs have a saying, "The only easy day was yesterday". The military has a long history of preparing its soldiers for combat readiness with physically and mentally demanding training regimes. The idea is that men and women of the military will learn and be cond...

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