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A new survey suggests a majority of schools now opt for events without individual winners but some parents aren’t keen – and perhaps they may have a point.

“You pays your money and you takes your choice,” wrote Mark Twain in 1884 at the end of Chapter 28 of Huckleberry Finn.

Thursday, 09 November 2017 09:28

Is Organised Sports Killing Creativity?

In studies published in many Journals which investigated the relationship between childhood leisure activities and creativity in young adults, some alarming results have been unearthed.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 10:55

5 Top Reasons why Youths Drop out of Sport

We have all seen that young learner at school who displays tremendous talent and as we look on we can only imagine where will his talent take him in the sport. Many of course never fulfil the expectations that are sometimes prophesied about some player who shows promise and that is to be expected. What is sadder perhaps is that some, in fact a growing majority seem to drop out of sport for a variety of reasons.



Friday, 10 February 2017 08:11

Little With A Big Eye on Junior Dusi Crown

By FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon standards the 2017 junior boys race contenders have snuck under the race’s radar with no single paddler putting their hand up until an impressive Campbell’s to Dusi Bridge performance from Stewart Little saw him rise to the top of pretenders to the boy’s throne.

For a parent and a young player it could be the most frustrating aspect of school sport when it appears that a coach has his “special” players which he tends to favour.

Friday, 20 January 2017 13:15

What Defines a Champion?

What defines a champion? Is it making the First Team? Provincial or National selection? Is a champion someone who wins, takes first place or gets the gold medal?

Monday, 16 January 2017 06:51

Specializing is Hurting Young Athletes

Kids love the Protea’s cricketer AB de Villiers. They are mesmerized by his skills and they want to grow up and “Be like AB.”

Monday, 12 December 2016 08:49

Sports Psychology: Don't Panic, Just Breathe

I recently read an article called ‘The #1 Secret Astronauts, Samurai, Navy SEALs, and Psychopaths Can Teach You About Good Decision Making’.

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 11:19

Landslide Result for Oldest Field in SA

With over 17 000 votes cast in their favour which garnered them 60% of the vote it is once again Piley Rees of Bishops that takes the popular vote for the Best School Sports Arena in the country.

By popular demand we are going to host another poll to determine Where is The Best School Sports Arena in South Africa for 2016.

Each year this poll enjoys a tremendous amount of response as thousands from around the country cast their vote as to which school has the Best School Sports Arena in the country.

In 2013 it was “The Rec” at Queen’s College that took the honors and in 2014 it was the turn of Piley Rees at Bishops who by a clear majority was voted as the best in SA with The Rec taking second spot and in 2015 Piley Rees edged out The Graveyard of Dale College.

Architecture, ambiance, history are all important criteria when it comes to choosing which arena is the best but the roar of the crowd can do more for a sporting arena that almost anything.

There is something about a school field or pool or court that will always hold memories that never fade but seem to grow brighter and perhaps bigger with each passing year. Yes maybe that wingers sprint to score the winning try was only 20 metres and the result of a dodgy pass, but for us it was all of 50 metres, in slow motion, mud kicking up behind him, time suspended as we stopped breathing and in that one moment, that scene, that noise yes that sports field was permanently etched into our minds with such clarity that many years in the future we would be able to recall it as if it has just happened.

The School Sports Arena is a special place, a place of great jubilation, of disappointment but more importantly a place that will always belong to us like a home that we long to revisit.

So which school will take the honors in 2016?

Brookes, Goldstones, The Rec, Markotter, The Main Reds, Stott, Brug Street, Memorial A and so many more are part and parcel of South African School Sport. Which is your favourite field? Let us know and vote for it now on our poll 

Action Pic of the Month October 2017

Hockey: Kingsridge High School for Girls in King Williamstown. - 14.4%
Rugby: St Johns College, u/16A - 39.2%
Netball: Collegiate Girls' High School, 1st team - 31.7%
Rugby: Boland Landbou 1st team - 14.6%
The voting for this poll has ended

If your favourite is not listed on the poll post it in the comments and we will add it to the list!

Voting Closes 05/12/2016 @ 1pm CAT

Monday, 14 November 2016 22:43

How to be a Better Sports Parent

Hundreds of college athletes in the USA were asked to think back: "What is your worst memory from playing youth and high school sports?"

There is a concept in the psychology literature called ‘identity foreclosure’, which refers to cases in which someone settles on an identity too soon. In the current sporting climate at schools, there is a real danger of this happening to our most talented young sportsmen and women.

“The greatest burden a child must bear is the unlived life of its parents.”

The above quote came from Carl Jung, the famed Swiss psychologist. He would have had a field day if he ever saw the parents of kids playing sports today.

The movie Chariots of Fire is the true story about two athletes, Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, training for and competing in the 1924 Paris Olympics. What makes this story so interesting is the motivation behind each athletes desire to do well.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 08:46

The Mind- Sport's Final Frontier

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Consider these two questions:

  • What proportion of your sports performance is determined by the mind rather than by physical factors? 
  • What proportion of your training is spent preparing the mind rather than the physical factors?
Thursday, 13 October 2016 08:52

Sports Psychology: Success vs Winning

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How do you define success?  SUCCESS = __? _


Monday, 25 April 2016 18:04

Soccer: Minister of Sport Slams SAFA

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula was on the rampage today as he banned SA Rugby, Cricket South Africa and Athletics SA from bidding for international tournaments due to lack of transformation. School football was also under the spotlight.

You see them at every Olympic games, the parents of the champions. In the stands shouting, cheering and proudly claiming that their child is “UNBELIEVABLE!” Perhaps as you look at them you may have wondered, would they all be hard-driving parents?  Were they super competitive? What did they do to help their child achieve championship status?

The annual South African Schools Sprint Championships were hosted by the Academy for Canoe Development at their Roodeplaat Dam headquarters over the past weekend and with a solid turn out of paddlers from Under 8 to Under 18 the event was a success and the organisers are happy with their trial run for African Champs in 2016.

We have all heard it and even said it before, phrases of encouragement directed towards young athletes with phrases like, “dig a little deeper” or “you have to want it more than they do” or, ideally, “be mentally tough.”  

Glenwood’s Vince Deyzel is poised to fulfil a lifelong dream when he soon say’s goodbye to South Africa and heads off to the United States to play baseball in the US Major League.

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