It Takes a Village to Raise a Child - It Takes a Club to Coach One Too
Coaches are important. They are the first port of call for kids and their parents.
Yet, the way clubs are set up and operate has a major impact on what kids make out of their sport participation.
In this section, iCK will provide examples and tips to help clubs:
- Develop positive and safe cultures
- Attract more participants
- Support coach development
- Engage parents more effectively
- And much more…
Because Youth Sport is One Big Family!
The all too familiar sights (above) at the side of a kid’s sports competition, and the sounds to match. As an interested observer and listener I find it really interesting to watch and listen to these coaches, and I do wonder…which of the instructions, if any, do the players hear or process?...have the kids been supported and prepared for the situation they’re in, if so much instruction is needed?... and is the communication from the ‘side-lines’ helping the kids develop their decision making ability for the longer term?
Athletes perform best when they learn how to effectively handle competitive pressure. This is most evident in defining moments of important competitions when the consequences of mistakes are highest. Failure in these moments can often be traced to a lack of confidence, resulting in poor decision-making.
Kris Van der Haegen, Director of Coach Education for the Royal Belgian Football Association and a visionary for the development of young footballers, encourage us in this brave blog to stop thinking of football as adults, take our grown-up glasses off and see the game for what it looks like and means to 5 and 6 year olds: a fun game! The Belgian FA has done this and thus changed the competition format for U6 to 2v2, yes 2v2!! Learn the full story here!
We now live in an age where it is common to see young athletes being pushed to play a single sport year-round. Why does early specialization persist despite all the scientific evidence and position statements by leading sport organizations to the contrary?
Dr Wade Gilbert explores this more here.
What makes for a good teammate...? And what can coaches do to help their athletes become one? In his first blog for iCoachKids, Dr Wade Gilbert offers a ton of tips and advice to help coaches create good teammates. Are your ready to take the CREDIT?
Kids nowadays are exposed to more organised sport than ever before. Unfortunately, opportunities for unstructured play, the good old 'kick-about' with your mates in the local park until it goes dark or you get hungry (whichever comes first), have sharply declined. Pete Sturgess, English FA National Lead for the Foundation Phase (5-11), argues that notwithstanding the benefits of organised practice, clubs and coaches should think about providing more PLAY time as a fundamental tool to develop top players.
Doping in youth sport is on the increase. Period. However, we know that certain strategies can help young athletes steer away from the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. Dr Kelsey Erickson from Leeds Beckett University (England) shows us how her research indicates that parents and their attitudes have a great role to play in their offsprings' beliefs, and most importantly, actions about doping. Time to parent up!
When we think about doping in sport we tend to think about the high profile cases we have seen in the news over the years affecting athletes at the top of professional and Olympic sport, but do we ever think about what goes on in youth sport? Should we? Dr Lisa Whitaker from Leeds Beckett University thinks we should! This may be the most important blog you have read for quite some time.
Parents are the biggest resource available to coaches. Yet, they can also become a 'bone of contention' in your daily practice. In this blog Spanish acclaimed author, coach and sport psychologist Chema Buceta explains the motivations behind parents behaviours and encourages coaches and clubs to take responsibility to support and educate them. Priceless!
Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) was developed in the 1980s by Rod Thorpe, David Bunker and Len Almond. They were looking for a better way to teach games in a PE context. Nearly 40 years later, TGfU has become one of the best known and followed approaches, not only in PE, but also in sport coaching. In this blog, Leeds Beckett Sport Coaching Principal Lecturer and Leeds Force Basketball Coach Dave Piggott spells out the key components of the TGfU model and their implications for coaches. He even provides some video examples of some great games. Time to play!
This PCA 1-on-1 interview features Paul Tough (@paultough) the author of Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. His previous book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, was translated into 27 languages and spent more than a year on The New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists.
In this podcast, Tough discusses two different "toolboxes" that help children succeed: the connection toolbox and the challenge toolbox.
In this very insightful blog, Paul Gamble cuts through the debates surrounding the concept of Long Term Athlete Development and provides much needed clarity and context to resolve some of the confusion. SInce the 'Why' is generally agreed upone, here Paul attempts to move things forward by finding shared ground and common principles to guide the 'what' and 'how' in relation to LTAD.
Professor Jim McKenna, Head of the Health and Active Lifestyles Research Centre at Leeds Beckett University (England) discusses the challenges coaches face to support the drive to increase participation and retention in youth sport: Can we deliver the sport experience kids want, not the one we think they need? And is the coaching workforce ready for that?
In this blog USA-based Changing the Game Project founder John O'Sullivan analyses the current picture of youth sport and takes us back to basics. He argues that if we keep our focus on what draws kids towards sport in the first place - enjoyment - we cannot stray too far from the right path. Wise words.
The amazing gold medal winning performances in the recent Olympic Games at Rio brought to mind a topic that coaches and athletes think and dream a lot about but rarely really understand: Winning it all. And fewer still know how to prepare to do it.
Dr. Wade Gilbert discusses this more here.
As a part of their work against sexual harassment and abuse in sport, the Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports (NIF) has produced five short films. The films are intended to make it easier to address the topics of sexual harassment and abuse in federations, clubs etc., and are available for free.
To watch the videos click here
This video produced by the Child Protection in Sport Unit of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the UK shows several children involved in different sports describing how the behaviour of parents/spectators deteriorates when they wear their 'magic sports kit' -- i.e. when they compete. They talk about a range of bad adult behaviours and how these negatively impact on them. They then describe and promote positive behaviour. We must listen to them and act accordingly!
This video developed by Sport England has inspired thousands of women and girls to become physically active. Worth every second. Spread the word (images we mean!)
In this beyond cute video Sport Wales, the national sport council for Wales, explains in simple terms what Physical Literacy is and why it is important at all ages but specially in younger children to support the development of a lifelong love for sport and physical activity. Try to get through it without smiling. It is impossible!
This short fun film was developed by sportscotland, the national sport council for Scotland, to help young athletes, their coaches and their families understand what 'talent' is and how you can get good at sport - it's more of a choice than you might think. For more information about talent, visit their website - sportscotland.org.uk
In this terrific clip produced by Sports Coach UK, the national lead agency for coaching in the United Kingdom, coaching children experts Alan Williams, Alison Tootill, C.J. Lee and Pete Sturgess, tell us why they got involved in coaching, why coaching children enthuses them and what they think children get from taking part in sport and coaching. Really inspirational stuff!
Sports Coach UK and Sport Scotland have developed this great animation detailing the 'Youth Physical Development Model' and what this means for the development of 'Fundamental Movement Skills'.
Coaches do much more than setting up drills. In this simple yet comprehensive self-assessment tool, Sergio Lara-Bercial uses the 6 Core Functions of the Coach described in the International Sport Coaching Framework to help coaches get a feel for how they are doing in each of those areas. Don't feel you have to do them all. Prioritise what's important to you and go get better!
This research was commissioned by the CPSU for the purpose of safeguarding children and young people in sport and leisure facilities. Titled 'Summary of child development ages 8-11 years for the purposes of safeguarding children in sport and leisure facilities, this research details changes in children's cognitive, moral, social and physical development. Children develop at their own individual pace and some may mature more quickly in some areas of development than in others.
The report was authored by Dr Vicky Lovett of Swansea University
Sexual abuse and sexual harassment are completely incompatible with the values of sports
and there is Zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment irrespective of gender, ethnic
background, religious faith, sexual orientation and disability in Norwegian sports. This document outlines key guidance to prevent sexual harassment and abuse in sport.
These safeguards outline the things that should be put in place by any organisation providing sports activities to children and young people.
The International safeguards for children in sport should be viewed as guides, which facilitate an organisation’s journey towards safeguarding children, rather than an end in themselves.
They reflect international declarations, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, relevant legislation, government guidance, existing child protection and safeguarding standards, and good practice.
This eBook was released in May 2012 by www.theinclusionclub.com Please subscribe to their fantastic website.
The What is Inclusion eBook is all about explaining and demystifying what is inclusion as it relates to people with disability and sport. The four contributors to this eBook (Martin Mansell, Eli Wolff, Steffi de Jong and Hamish Macdonald) have decades of experience between them and, in these interview transcripts, offer insights and practical advice that will further your understanding of inclusion.
This eBook was released in June 2012 by www.theinclusionclub.com. Please subscribe to their fantastic website.
In this eBook seven world leading practitioners explain what they do to create welcoming environments for people with disability where they work. The first point of contact is very important and can make or break inclusion. Discover more...
Another great infographic from Believe Perform offering wise advice for parents turned coaches. At your own risk!
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand how children learn best and what it means for our sessions.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand and develop the Fundamentals of Movement.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand how children grow and develop and what that means for our sessions.
Part of the new Coaching Children 4-workshop series developed by Sport Ireland Coaching and Leeds Beckett University, this 16-page factsheet contains highly applicable knowledge and coaching tips designed to help coaches understand what children want from sport and how to give it to them.
sportscotland and the Winning Scotland Foundation, in cooperation with the Positive Coaching Alliance, have developed a national programme called Positive Coaching Scotland (PSC). PSC aims to culturally transform the way coaching is delivered to create a more positive environment and to support the development of life-skills through sport.