Everyone loves results. The wins. The points. The championships. The goals. Positive results are fun, fulfilling, energising and rewarding. We don’t train to fail and we certainly don’t ever train to lose. Teams work hard to get results, and results matter. In my work with youth sports teams, I am passionate about leading coaches into…… Continue reading RELATIONAL MINDSET
Welcome to 2019, I trust you have had a great Christmas and New Year. Lot’s of football action happening around the globe at the moment, which is always brilliant. The community football season in Sydney is about to get underway with trials, training, selections, organising, meetings, scheduling, purchasing, registering, allocating … etc. There really is…… Continue reading READY, SET … GO!
A great article from John O’Sullivan, from Changing the Game Project. Picture the young swimmer stepping up to the starting blocks in a championship race. What is he thinking in that moment? Visualize the soccer player, stepping up to take the deciding penalty kick. What is going through her head? Think of the basketball player,…… Continue reading POWER OF WORDS
A selection from John O’Sullivan’s blog at Changing the Game Project. www.changingthegameproject.com Blockbuster Video was on top of the world in 2004 when a small startup called Netflix approached them and offered to sell the company to them for $50 million. Blockbuster laughed. Today, Blockbuster Video is bankrupt, Netflix is worth tens of billions, and it…… Continue reading NETFLIX OR BLOCKBUSTER COACH?
A good little article from Good Sports. http://www.goodsports.com.au Finals season is an exciting time for any junior team, and as a coach or a parent, it’s natural to want to see the team have success. This time of the year can also be tricky for junior coaches, with pressure from parents, supporters and the club…… Continue reading BEING A GOOD JUNIOR COACH
As we head into the final third of completion, your thinking could make all the difference to how the season ends. Whether you’re winning with a great chance for finals football, or not winning and trying to work out how you stay motivated, your thinking plays a massive part. By the time we are 17…… Continue reading WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?
I think most of us would know that the main reason kids (and adults for that matter) play football is for the F factor, FUN FUN FUN. If they enjoy it, they will keep coming back for more. The level of enjoyment is also linked to how much effort they will put in, and how…… Continue reading THE F FACTOR
(from John O’sullivan at Changing the Game Project) The perfectionist athlete. This is an athlete who has attached his identity to his achievements, or lack thereof. And being perfection focused instead of process oriented can be the downfall of many a young athlete. Sadly, perfectionism is on the rise according to recent studies, and nearing…… Continue reading THE PERFECTIONIST ATHLETE
Extracted from John O’Sullivan’s blog: http://www.changingthegameproject.com She asked me “when do kids shift from having fun to being competitive in youth sports?” We get this question a lot, from parents of children 8-18. Our answer: They don’t! Fun and Competition are NOT mutually exclusive. Youth Sports should be both! How adults define fun is not how children…… Continue reading FUN V COMPETITION