“Minds that don’t change are like clams that don’t open”

Ursla leGuin

Junior Coaching

“A performance environment should not be designed for comfort but for hard work” – Rasmus Ankersen

My junior coaching philosophy is founded and grounded on the latest research around elite performance in young athletes. This research is academically peered reviewed and practically used.

My main belief is to promote a holistic view of the child, athlete and the player. I integrate models like Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) and Côté’s DMSP guidelines. Although I never prescribe a ‘one size fits all’ ‘linear type approach’, such models, although different in nature, support and embrace the physiological, biological and psychological domains.

My Top Beliefs for Development:

  • Physical talent alone is unlikely to lead to excellence.
  • Fun is primarily associated with immediate success in young participants.
  • Elite performance is underpinned by an array of factors (social, physical, technical, tactical and psychological).
  • Social & economic factors and family influence affects participation and excellence.
  • Fundamental movement skills and physical literacy are essential as they underpin technical development and the occurrence of injury.
  • From a physical perspective, it’s important to train the 5 Ss: Skill, Speed, Suppleness, Strength and Stamina.
  • Talent is not inherited.
  • Early successes aren’t always a predictor of long-term success.
  • There are windows of opportunity and trainability during development.
  • Deliberate play and practice must be employed during stages of development.
  • Praise effort over achievement to build a growth mind-set.
  • Self-Mastery Goals are essential in development.

“Young players out there. Always give your best, that’s all you can do. You never know what might happen in this game” – Gary Player

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