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EllyNetball
Elly Moore said:

Thought provoking ... along with some sound advice from Matt Thompson!!!
To facilitate my development over the past couple of years, I've managed to find opportunities to be court-side at a few training sessions led by high profile coaches within the netball world; I can vouch for time well spent; it certainly gave me an insight to that next level and a whole raft of other things to consider. I'm now investigating an opportunity to shadow a Netball SuperLeague coach on a match day and then at a match-analysis session. Although I'm not a high profile coach, I have encouraged other coaches in my area to come to my Academy sessions ... and I urge them to be 'on the floor' listening-in to the questions I pose to the players and the answers and discussions the players have. This makes it much more of a coaching experience as opposed to attending just to capture a few new practices. It also means I can grab a few moments to talk through the practices and coaching tips.
Having read Matt's article, I'm also going to 'document my work' in a so-called normal week. You never know when the output of a task such as this will come in useful ;-)

15/10/16
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Ralph
Ralph Samwell said:

The sad story of Tom Marcus, a present day James Bond, who’s only mistake, perhaps, in being societies hidden protector is; never work in isolation. Tom I hope wasn’t doing it for his country, that is an inanimate object and probably why he wasn’t rewarded for keeping us coaches safe on the streets of Manchester. I don’t coach for my court, I don’t coach for my pitch, I don’t coach for my field and certainly don’t coach for my sport. When we say, we are competing for our country, it’s not the country, it’s what the country represents and what any country represents are the people and their culture, their personality and ethics.
David Cameron (recently voted third worst PM ever) is still working on his Big Society idea, yet coaches have been doing this forever. One recent L.S.E. study showed, if all U.K. people in the voluntary sector, stopped giving their free time to this country, the entire economy would collapse within a month to levels worse than the great depression.
T cells and B cells are central to the human immune system. B cells and T cells silently operate in the adaptive immune response--the immune system's third and final line of defence.
Perhaps that’s why we only become human, when we are ill?
Only then do we create and do our bucket list. “Documenting your work” is the coaches bucket list.
Why do we wait until a close friend dies before we tell them how much they mean to us?
“broadening your coaching network” is the coaches bonds.
“Enhance your cultural experience” are the coaches doing it for your country.
it seems Einstein is right as usual, "all individuality is an illusion", nothing works in isolation. All the entire Universe’s stable chemicals create bonds that make up elements, that make up everything, including us.
Perhaps that’s why Ian Fleming chose the name James Bond.

Perhaps that’s why Matt Thompson has to spell out what the story has to do with coaching.
This platform isn’t called connect coaches accidentally; 66 views and only 2 comments and only 2 likes. Not a one off, blog after blog, question after question, and yet so few coaches can even be bothered to click the like button, breath-taking!
Lack of courage, apathy, contempt, carelessness, selfishness; all the things I’d have thought don’t belong in coaching?
Well at least we can rely on Marcus and out Tcells do to the work we aren’t prepared to do or give them acknowledgment for. Perhaps we shouldn’t complain that we get no recognition because we give no recognition?
"evil happens, when good people do nothing"
“I am a one in ten, a number on a list, a statistic, a reminder, of a world that doesn’t care.”
UB40

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Ralph
Ralph Samwell said:

Greed and fear hamper cooperation

Fear of something or some people within the group can cause people within a group to work better together. Everyone benefits when cooperation runs smoothly. However, people often act obstructively or disengage. Why do they do that? Professor of Social Psychology Carsten de Dreu researches this issue using a wide variety of methods, from brain scans to the role of religion.
Fear of being exploited
From winning a complex war to developing a life-saving drug: there are so many things that can only be achieved if people work together in harmony. They can then achieve impressive performances that also benefit the individual. So, why do colleagues or others so often make things difficult for one another? Empirical research carried out by De Dreu has shown that greed and fear are the basic reasons underlying problems with teamwork. 'People are afraid that their contribution will mainly benefit those people who themselves contribute nothing. That's why people hold back and invest in self-protection rather than cooperation.'
Experiments
De Dreu examined the strategies people use to maximise the benefits for themselves and to reduce the risk of being exploited. He conducts experiments where the participants can invest in self-protection or attacks on others, or they can choose to do nothing. When motivated by greed, people seem to invest mainly in self-protection and less in attacks on others. 'Fear is almost always present as a brake on cooperation, but it's more difficult to predict when greed will crop up.' The paradox is that fear among rival groups tends to result in people working better together. 'It seems to happen almost automatically, often without it even being discussed.'
What does our brain look like?
As Professor of Employment and Organisation Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, De Dreu has conducted a lot of research on cooperation within organisations. In Leiden he intends to approach the subject at a higher level of abstraction. 'We know a lot about what makes the best kind of leaders. Now I want to examine what our brain looks like when we are working together. I'm interested in that because cooperating with one another relies on very basic systems that we also use for other tasks, such as child-rearing.'

16/10/16
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Lippy
Jane Lipton  said:

I would be interested to know if the participants in Professor De Dreu's research are male or female. There is research available that concludes that men overstate their achievements and women understate theirs. As a coach who tends to work independently I find the occasions when I work with and talk with other coaches invaluable. Sometimes it makes me realise how adaptable and effective I can be. Other times it makes me think 'oh I wish i had thought of that!'

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Ralph
Ralph Samwell said:

what better definition of a coach does anyone need, i'd trust my athletes with you Jane.

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Ralph
Ralph Samwell said:

Function rather than form
Research has found that when girls view their bodies through a functional lens, they’re more likely to be satisfied with and appreciate their body. They also report feeling more empowered and physically capable.
The physical activity and sporting environments play an important role in redirecting girls’ focus back to body function. Girls who participate in sports and physical activity express higher value for the functional characteristics of the body and are also more satisfied with not just how their bodies look, but also how they function.
Enrolling girls into sports programs or simply encouraging them to be physically active (walking, hiking, rock climbing) is an effective way to re-introduce them to their functional capabilities and allow them to re-discover the amazing instrument they have within their bodies.
But as children go through adolescence, sports participation in sports activities decreases, with girls participating less than boys. This may be explained by the barriers adolescent girls themselves perceive towards sports participation. Girls report feeling self-conscious or uncomfortable about their bodies, a lack of confidence in their physical abilities and feeling unfeminine as reasons to resist participating in sports.
The sexualisation and overt display of the female body through uniform design can also impact girls’ inclination to participate in specific sports. Track and field, swimming, gymnastics are some examples.
Parents and coaches can play an important role to encourage girls' participation in physical activity. First, the body needs to be taken off “display” so that judgements aren’t being based upon appearance.
Second, dialogue needs to be directed toward physical competence, enhancing rather than ridiculing girls physical abilities.
Finally, participation does not always have to be structured – unstructured sports play can offer the same opportunities for skill development than structured environments.
Bree Abbott Researcher, School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University

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