In this episode, I explain how the reluctance to have honest conversations with young athletes is a major blockage to their development.
Sometimes we are fearful that we will affect their confidence and damage their self-esteem so we can offer false praise in an effort to avoid damaging them. However, while this might feel like it is the right thing...
In this week's post I explore the concept of 'comfort' and argue that young people being too comfortable in high quality facilities can actually work against the development of talent. As parents, coaches or talent developers we often want to make things better for the youngsters in our care and the instinct is to make things easier for them.
I have started doing a weekly rant on Facebook live and I am currently in a series of Vlogs on talent development looking at what I call 'The 7 deadly sins' of talent development. This week I look at the dangers of making comparisons between youngsters who may have a vast array of different variables in their developmental history.
Here is part 1 of the series of Facebook live videos that I am currently doing every Monday morning on my walk to work along Oxford Street in London. This episode is all about competition and how it can be both corrosive and toxic to the process of talent development.
This was my first Facebook live rant which has now become a regular Monday morning thing on my way to work.
In this post I lament the crazy situation emerging in some sports where kids as young as 5 are being encouraged into 'Talent ID' programmes that are ethically and morally reprehensible as well as being a massive waste of time and money.
I needed to have a bit of a rant after some of the exchanges I have had with various people in the past few months.
I needed to explain in more detail why I am so against the use of drills in coaching. I just think that it is lazy coaching and it is a coaching methodology that needs to die out from our sporting landscape.