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The buzz on my phone was to remind me that it was time to leave for my Covid vacination (a day that brings relief to almost everyone) .. So out of the gate and off for a walk like Hairy McCleary from Donaldsons Dairy (if that is lost on you then you missed out reading Julia

We post a lot here about developing programs but also spend much of our time invested in being better coaches. So prompted by a comment from Adam Kohlbeck last week I thought it would be nice to revisit this! I ask this question a lot on workshops! What is the worst question in the world to ask a

It may sound like a weird statement but let me explain! There are multiple posts on the value of competition in this group, so of course we think kids tournaments are important (in fact I would venture it's the most under developed and greatest need in kids programming today!) but look at the headline again! It's

Ok so you have have enthusiastic parent! Great! But he wants to "work" on things? Hmmm maybe not so great! But the kid gets to practice and they are committed! Great or not?   It's a dilemna most of us have faced and of course there is no perfect answer but here are a few things to consider!  

Today is my birthday so I am not sure what I am more excited about, the 5000 presents that will no doubt arrive from my facebook friends (feeling sorry for the mailman) or my giant birthday cake?   It’s weird how my brain works! Everything becomes a metaphor for child learning, programs or some form of development.   So let’s

Looking like a strange cross between a scifi landscape and a warehouse a skateboard park takes a whole lot of thought. They don't scribble a sketch and build some random hills. The curves are calculated and connected from the angles to the run off!   There is something deliberate about this very expressive and creative place! Kids roll,

Most of us have heard of the concept of Long term athlete (player) development. As part of this there has been a big discussion around the ideas of early specialisation. Should a player choose one sport and stick with it or play multiple sports to develop an multi-dimensional skill base. Most experts agree that from a

Woke this morning to a thread on another group. Where someone described a Kids Tennis Program as a LEARNING program! Innocent enough comment that made my heart sink. Really interested in your marketing headlines following the comments yesterday from the dynamic duo of Lara Suarez-Neves and Christina Mihaela Carare. It occurred to me that while we

The Three Worlds - Taking Your Program into 2021 and Beyond So that was it? Done! Probably the worse year in tennis history for us all! And yet most are still here. The head scratching of course is not over and the way ahead is far less predictable as we thought possible. If you are like me

Are You Ready to Each Your Veggies? If you have ever scratched your head and wondered "why this kid is just not getting it" then this post may shed a little light, but more than that you may refine and improve your coaching just by adding one key element, understanding why motivation is so important! We all know

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