COACHING INTERVENTIONS TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE

When a player’s self-confidence drops so will his sporting performances. What is more, a fall in a player’s self-confidence is frequently accompanied by increased stress and anxiety levels. An important coaching function is to help improve a player’s self-confidence in these situations. This is achieved through a combination of training and providing the player with the tools to better manage…

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The importance of the coach, the parents and peers in the child’s social development (The Social Development Triangle)

There are three key role-players at the heart of the psychosocial development of a child in the world of sport. The Coach The coach plays a pivotal role in the child’s development, and the best coaches design a unique development framework for the sportsperson concerned. While the development framework has many elements, and these may differ with different sporting codes,…

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Aggression in fast bowling

Something I feel that is sorely missed in the world of cricket, is having a fast bowler running in for an over with the aim of scaring the batsman. I miss the days of watching the likes of Freddie Flintoff, Mitchell Johnson, Dale Steyn, running in and bowling a well-placed bouncer, forcing the batsman into doing something unconventional and making…

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