Because You Care!
As parents, we want the best for our kids. Would you blame us?
Being a parent is probably one of the strongest compelling and driving forces for human beings.
Once you have kids nothing is ever the same, NOTHING!
And sport is no different. We want clubs that care abour our kids, not their talent or our money. We want coaches that deliver safe and enjoyable sessions that our kids can't wait to go to.And yes, we may even have dreams of our kids becoming great athletes. Nothing wrong with that.
As parents, we have a very important role in ensuring that our kids get the most out of sports. This is a dual responsibility though.
- We need to seek and select sporting environments where we know they will be safe and happy
- We must support our kids and allow them to enjoy their sport, not only to progress in it.
In this section we will share with you resources and tips to help you just do that. Be the best sport parent you can be!
The iCoachKids Pledge: 10 Golden Rules to Create Positive Sport Experiences for Kids
Following an extensive literature review, the iCK expert group has developed ‘The iCoachKids Pledge’. The Pledge provides 10 points of guidance for individuals and organisations wishing to create positive sport experiences for children.
Have you ever been frustrated, disappointed, or puzzled by your athletes’ behavior? Of course, happens all the time, right? We all experience those moments when we witness one of our athlete’s making a poor decision, showing lack of focus, or just plain acting out of character.
Winter is Coming! Keep warm with a great read by the fireplace! The iCK Team have created a Practical Summary of the comprehensive Coaching Children Literature Review and The iCK Pledge to provide clear and pragmatic advice to coaches on the ground.
This literature review is a central piece of iCK. It has provided the necessary evidence to aid the development of a European Coaching Children Curriculum to guide those developing training opportunities for coaches of children and young people in the European Union and beyond. The literature review and the ECCC are also informing the development of three Massive Open Online Courses during 2018 and 2019 that will be the final outputs of the project.
Calling All Youth Coaches and Coach Developers – iCoachKids has released the draft European Coaching Children Curriculum and we need your feedback towards the development of the complete and final version to be launched at the first iCoachKids Conference in Budapest 3rd November 2017. The European Coaching Children Curriculum (ECCC) aims to provide guidance for those developing coach education opportunities for children and youth sport coaches. It highlights the key functional areas and tasks of the children and youth coach (CYC), the relevant competences required to fulfil the role, and signposts coach developers to the most up-to-date knowledge basis and underpinning theories.
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.
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.
Would you have put your money on David or on Goliath to win the fight? Ok, what if instead of in a mythical fable, this fight took the shape of a rugby or football match? Dr Jason Tee at Leeds Beckett University makes the case for the little guy in this revealing blog full of great info for those with an interest in talent identification and development. Hang in there little guys!
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!
What does creativity mean for coaching? Nigel Hetherington tries to convince us in his new blog that We Are Not In Kansas Anymore! Are you ready to follow the yellow brick road?
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!
This factsheet is one of a series, produced by sports coach UK and the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), aimed at coaches who coach women or who are interested in coaching them in the future. Each factsheet provides insight into the female athlete and her needs, and guidance as to how better to coach and support her.
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.
Mistakes happen. Children, coaches and parents get upset. In this blog, coach and youth sport researcher Sergio Lara-Bercial opens his heart and soul to us to reveal his own struggles with keeping emotions in check and the strategy he has developed to get better at it.
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.
In this short video, iCoachKids Project Supporter sportscotland gives coaches a quick introduction to the topic of Growth & Maturation and how it affects developing athletes. The video introduces the key challenges that Growth & Maturation pose for coaches and hints at some of the solutions. It also provides some very useful ideas in relation to how to adapt practice for different levels of ability or for athletes with different impairments.
This video is a promotional piece for 'Growth & Maturation', a 3-hour workshop part of the sportscotland Coach Connect professional development series for youth coaches. So don't worry if you can't make it to the beautiful Scotland, this video will set you on the right path when it comes to understanding your athletes' Growth & Maturation
Please visit the sportscotland Growth & Maturation pages 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'.
This enlightening research article, titled 'Is my kid doing too much sport?' – How to reduce the risk of overtraining syndrome and overuse injury in young athletes, defines overuse injuries and overtraining syndrome and looks at how prevalent these both are in youth athletes today. It details the signs and symptoms to look out for and how to reduce the risk or overuse injury and overtraining syndrome in young athletes.
The article has been written by world-authorities in the topic Dr. Rhodri S Lloyd (Cardiff Metropolitan University) and Dr. Paul Read (St Mary's University London) for the Child Protection in Sport Unit
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.