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We have all heard the saying ‘planning prevents a piss poor performance’. We demand that our coaches have an annual plan for their teams. We want our teams to best prepare for each game given the amount of time and resources each club puts into getting them onto the field each week. So why is it, that many clubs and sporting organisations don’t have a strategic plan that is regularly reviewed and constantly used? I actually don’t have a good answer to that question, because I think that it should be a priority.
As coaches, we are often seen as many different things to a youth athlete – coach, teacher, leader, mental support, parental figure, role model. In today’s world where often both parents are working, the nuclear family is under strain or non-existent then the relationship between athlete and coach is much different to that of previous generations. In my athletic performance framework, a key part for an athlete to achieve their potential in performance is to be well educated in managing their personal wellness.
The current era of All Blacks domination started in a hole, a deep hole, in 2003. They lost to Australia in the Semi Finals of the World Cup, 22-10, despite going into the tournament as favourites. Then in 2004 lost to South Africa with a dangerous alcoholic aftermath that bought to the surface the toxic culture and poor leadership principles being employed. Something had to change. Under Graham Henry and following a three-day meeting in the NZRU headquarters in Wellington, a conversation began about how to fix the issues. And so began the organisational change required to bring the All Blacks into the Professional era.
In Part 1 of this blog we defined functional movement and its relationship and importance to athlete development. Part 2 takes this into a bit more depth.
In the 2014/15 Northern Territory Football League, I was lucky enough to work with Andrew Hodges at Wanderers Football Club. Andrew bought four rules to the playing group that I wanted to reflect on, as there are some lessons I have learnt through my time in the Military and the challenges I faced throughout my service.
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