March 2014 Coaching Update from Sport Auckland.
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Jeff Mitchell: Community Sport Advisor for Sport Auckland.
Welcome to the March Coaching Update. In this update we link to our second article in our new article series: Using your learning edge. In this issue we examine the learning cycle and learning zones. Also in this update is some information on a Netball Northern Zone Development role based in Counties Manukau.

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Jeff Mitchell
Community Sport Advisor
Sport Auckland


February Workshops
During February we held a number of workshops in conjunction with the Auckland Rugby Union:
  • We held our second Developing Skilled Athletes workshop, which was delivered by Dave Keelty from Harbour Sport.
  • We ran a Match Day Coaching workshop which was facilitated by Simon Kent, GACU Coaching Manager for Counties.
  • A Goal Setting workshop was delivered by Dave Keelty also.
This month we provide you with some reflective questions you could ask yourself based on our article theme of learning zones.
Reflective Questions 9:
Q1 What is an area of my coaching where I have felt really challenged?

Q2 What is an area of my coaching where I am running on autopilot? How could I move this area into m learning edge?

Q3 What stage of the learning cycle am I at in specific areas of my coaching?
Situation Vacant - Development Officer Southern Centres
Netball Northern are currently advertising for the role of Development Officer based in Counties Manukau. This is a fixed-term position until 20th December 2014. Please see the following documents for this role:

Development Officer Flyer
Application Form

Applications should be made on the Application Form and mailed to:

Trish Wilcox, Community Netball Manager Netball Northern Zone
P.O. Box 21 241
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Coach Development

Using your learning edge
We continue our new article series this month with our second issue, this time looking at the idea of learning zones and your learning edge. Click on the image above to download the article or read it online here.
Sport NZ Coach Mag

Sport NZ produce a Coach Mag which has a range of articles. Each month we will link to one article that may be of interest to you. You can subscribe to the Coach Mag here.

This month we link to an article by Jim Dickin on the use of video analysis apps in coaching. 
Coaching Blogs
The Sport Expertise blog contains a number of more technical articles looking at areas of skill acquisition and talent development.

The Growing The Game Together blog by John Kessel of USA Volleyball has a blog with a large number of articles. Many of these articles can be applied to a variety of sports.

Mark Upton puts out a quality blog called Sports Relations. His focus is on player development and he makes good use of research. You can follow him on twitter @SportsRelations
Coaching Books

The 1997 edition of this book was one of the first coaching books that I read, and I still go back to it from time to time. It contains a number of useful tips and I like how it uses activities and self-reflective questions to help deepen your understanding and application of the content. Lynn Kidman does a lot of work with the GACU team.

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