BLOGS, ARTICLES, & BOOKS

We have spent a lot of time researching coaching concepts from around the world, in a variety of different sports and levels of play.

On this page you will find blog posts, articles, and links to experts who have influenced our coaching principles.

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Recently I sat around a table with my old school friends discussing how rugby had and continues to enrich our lives. We exchanged opinions on a wide range of ideas that included building confidence, joyful memories, a sense of belonging, cultural capit…

The One Question All Coaches Should Ask Their Athletes

Coaches, imagine if there was a way to gain insight, understanding, and connection with your athletes by asking a simple question? There is. let me explain how. A few years back, I coached a talented, yet underperforming sixteen-year-old girl I will ca…

Waking Up with Miley Cyrus

I woke with Miley Cyrus this morning. Apparently so did 309,525, 687 other people before me. You would be amazed what a father wakes up to just when you think you have a secure password in place on your MacBook.  YouTube is the modern spice r…

The PE Playbook – October 2017 Edition

Blogger of the Month Chris Beardsley is an independent researcher in Strength and Conditioning. His website Strength and Conditioning Research is full of excellent analysis of recent S & C articles however recently he has started blogging at SandCR…

Coaching the Emergence of Football Interactions (Linking practice & theory)

Following on from the ideas suggested in my last blog (see here) we look at how these concepts applied in practice can help coaches form a more complete picture of the player-environment system and give an understanding as to how we can design learning environments in youth football. To paraphrase Gibson (1979/1986): If we want to … Continue reading Coaching the Emergence of Football Interactions (Linking practice & theory)

I wish Wiel Coerver got it right.

 This blog may upset a lot of people in soccer.  More than you may even imagine as it strikes a deep chord. Time to share it again, with renewed hope that change will come – for our children’s sake. Having said that, this article may also res…

The Equalizer 

Teaching Physical Education can be pretty complex at times. We can look to try and reduce that complexity through a number of ways; having a clear purpose, building subject knowledge, increasing our range of teaching styles, having a solid lesson plan …

The “Power of Moments” in Youth Sports

The Magic Castle Hotel is one of the top three rated hotels in Los Angeles. Of its nearly 3000 reviews, 93% rate it very good or excellent, putting it above properties such as The Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton. Yet, as you flip through the photos o…

It Hurts

We are out of the World Cup. It hurts.Let’s first acknowledge that any discussion of football is just that. Let’s also agree that nothing is more important than rebuilding the shattered lives of the victims of ruthless hurricanes, of racial a…

Role Models

It’s performance management season again and I’m really beginning to despise it. Not for what it is trying to do, but what it has become. There is a pernicious idea that has taken hold in my experience of performance management that more is always bett…

Linking Practice and Theory – Complex Systems in Sport Barcelona

Here are my notes relating to what I spoke about in my part of the talk and presentation given at the Complex Systems in Sports Congress at Camp Nou Barcelona recently. There is increasing acceptance that individual differences among learners need to be accounted for when we plan our training sessions and coaching interventions (Chow … Continue reading Linking Practice and Theory – Complex Systems in Sport Barcelona

Undersökning för Svenska Tränare – Coaching, Lärande och Hjärna

Unik undersökning för svenska tränare som innefattar sport, coaching, lärande och hjärna. Tack på förhand för ditt deltagande i denna viktiga undersökning. I samarbete med Richard Bailey (International Council of Sports Science and Physical Education) presenterar vi en unik undersökning för alla svenska tränare som kommer att ge er extremt viktig och användbar information för … Continue reading Undersökning för Svenska Tränare – Coaching, Lärande och Hjärna

The PE Play Book – September 2017 Edition

Blogger of the Month After an 18 month hiatus Dr Ash Casey is back blogging again at Physical Education Practitioner Research Network or PEPRN for short. The focus for his new series is Models Based Practice or more specifically how we can design and i…

Size Matters – The Little Athlete’s Perspective

“What can I do to grow?” my son asks as we drive home from training.“Why?” I respond.“Because everyone is bigger than me and I just want to be their size.”When your child enjoys playing sport, size matters. Being short, slight, and weak compared to you…