Welcome to
Player Development Project.
Receive quality content every week. Sign up for PDP Weekly
Learn to coach with confidence. Become a Member
Have you got a coaching mentor yet? Coaching Mentors
Turn your club into a learning centre. Club Partnerships
Already a PDP Member?
Get Started

communication

Masterclass Discussions

Coaching youth sport is complex, challenging and rewarding. In this Masterclass Discussion we speak to Founder of Changing the Game Project and youth coaching expert, John O’Sullivan. PDP Editor, Dave Wright hosts John for an in depth discussion which dives...

The Blog
Masterclass Discussions

How can you make your environment as positive as possible? In this Masterclass Discussion, Positive Psychology expert, Lara Mossman joins PDP Editor, Dave Wright for an in-depth discussion on positive psychology in coaching. Lara is one of Player Development Project’s...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Steve via Twitter. “We are planning for next season and wondering whether coaches should stay with their team through the age groups, or is there a benefit in a new coach each season?” Additional...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Steve, via Facebook. “How can I be more effective with my communication?” Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players Will Love. Blog: Praise vs. Affirmation...

The Blog

In this article, coach, blogger and former Australian International Footballer, Joey Peters shares an article on the challenge for coaches to move from a control and command position to trust, optimising the youth development environment and allowing freedom for young athletes...

The Blog

What is leadership? Mark Upton, Co-creator of myfastestmile and world class coach developer discusses leadership in sport, some of the traditional perspectives of what leadership is and the importance of empathy and collaboration. “They are after strong leadership…someone to come...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Ryan, via Twitter; “What advice for you have for half-time team talks with foundation phase aged players?”   Additional Resources Ebook: Coaching Fundamentals: Six Steps to Creating Quality Youth Soccer Training Sessions Your Players...

Research Reviews
The Magazine

What value does belonging have in youth development? PDP Contributor & Founder of Raising Excellence, Reed Maltbie shares a personal story that outlines the critical importance of the environments we create and the tribes we belong to. I sat in...

The Magazine

How do you communicate with your players? In this article PDP Technical Advisor, Dan Wright shares some fascinating reflections and advice for coaches on how to effectively question and communicate with players to make sure they genuinely think about solutions...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Carlos, via the PDP Facebook Page: “What’s the best way to work with an Assistant Coach?”   Your Turn: Ask PDP Anything Each week, we will choose a key question from our community for discussion.  In...

The Blog
Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Sean: “Many of the parents in my team are exceptionally vocal, often coaching the players from the sideline and contradicting the ideas that I am working with in my group.  Do you have any...

Q&A Videos

The question this week comes from Michelle: “Sometimes I feel like I use Q&A too much in my communication style. Can you talk through the different types of intervention strategies and the benefits of them.”   Additional video & reading...

Masterclass Discussions
The Blog

Stephen Rollnick is a pioneer in motivational interviewing and in recent years has been applying his knowledge to sport. In this article, Stephen offers a psychology perspective on the key differences between praise and affirmation with young athletes.   “When...