BALANCE IS BETTER​​​​​​​

Balance is Better is about creating quality experiences for all young people to keep them active and in the game

Helping our tamariki & rangatahi develop a lifelong love for play, active recreation and sports​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Balance is Better is an evidence-based philosophy which has inspired Sport New Zealand’s framework to focus on ensuring all tamariki and rangatahi receive quality sport experiences (irrespective of the level at which they are involved), to develop a lifelong love of play, active recreation and sport, and realise their potential in sport at the right time.

The focus of the Balance is Better philosophy is on why young people play sport – to have fun, be challenged, develop and improve, be part of a team, and enjoy time with friends.

Three common myths being combatted by Balance is Better:

  • Early specialisation is good: “The earlier athletes choose their sport and focus on it the better”. In reality, this can cause burnout, overuse injuries and declining motivation. By having a diverse sporting experience, children develop transferable skills, greater creativity and better decision-making capabilities.

  • Childhood success leads to adult success: Talent can be identified early (sometimes a young athlete's gifts are obvious at an early age). However, every athlete is different, progress is non-linear – and how one performs at a young age is not a reliable predictor of their future potential.

  • Successful athletes focus on winning: The most successful coaches, athletes, and teams don’t focus primarily on winning. They focus on their development, and how well they perform; winning is the positive outcome of being the best they can be.

WHY?


DEFINING SUCESS IN YOUTH SPORT


WHAT ARE WE DOING IN TE TAI TOKERAU?