Who is responsible for athlete performance: Athletes, coaches, or committees?

The chairman of the Coaching and Training committee for the Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) resigned recently after their squads failed to make it past the quarter-finals in the recent Uber Cup or past the semi-finals in the Thomas Cup tournaments. The resignation implied that the committee is responsible for the athlete's performance in competition. In practice this committee may oversee various aspects of training but it's doubtful that it is foremost among factors affecting performance. So why did the chairman feel he needed to resign? What about the coaches and the athletes themselves? Aren't they more responsible for performance, good or bad? Read more...


Creating a culture of achievement in sport

When mission and vision statements became a 'thing' for U.S. swimming clubs in the early 2000s the club I was coaching had a go at creating its own. The process was both meticulous and often frustrating as staffers, administrators, and directors met, discussed, argued, and philosophized about what the club was all about. What did we want to achieve and how would we go about doing it? These questions are not as simple as they seem when some principals wanted to focus on high performance, others wanted their children to learn how to swim, and still others wanted a fun, youth sport recreational experience. Was there a way to address these desires in a simple statement? As it turns out, there is.

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Sport development in the headlines (sort of): Is Malaysia really serious about revamping their sports system?

Every few weeks something in the media makes it sound as if Malaysian sport officials may be moving towards a more comprehensive approach to developing individual sports. Sometimes it's as a result of bad news, like it was this past week when Malaysia failed to make it past the quarter finals in the Thomas Cup in Bangkok and when Sime Darby pulled its sponsorship of the Malaysian LPGA tournament. No matter what the reason though, anything that grabs people by the lapels and says, "Think of something else!" is a good thing. Read more...


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