Academy Philosophies


The fundamental difference between TBA and most clubs in an amateur environment is our attitude and approach to coaching and development of players. We develop and invest in the individual and that in turn helps the team. We also believe that Injuries last longer than trophies do, so we will never overplay a player or any such thing.


Six Fundamentals

of Coaching


3 Hours


Parent or Coach




What to teach



This is an excerpt of my post season wrap up for 2016.

The season is over and I am here asking myself some question such as; how was the season, did the players learn anything, did I achieve what the club had hoped?, will they invite me to do it again?, would I do it again?, If I did, what would I do differently? Etc and it occurred to me that my questions went from questions about the club and players over to questions about me and my season and it occurred to me that the adults give up so very much time and effort and for what? They do not compete, what is the reason for us old farts doing this? What would the answer be for all the coaches and management to this question? HOW WAS MY SEASON?….

To answer that I just want to lay out a couple of things and then answer, how was my season.
So the next obvious question is this. What is a coach? By definition, a coach is “a person who trains an athlete or a team of athletes.” However, a coach can be anyone who chooses to empower others and after that the only logical question can be. Why do people choose to coach? Is it for money or love of the game? Is it for altruistic reasons, a need for affiliation, or something else? This last question is possibly the most important question in a walk as a coach / shepherd / whatever you choose to go by.

I know why I coach and if it is not apparent in the way that I coach,

I need to reassess a couple things.

More recent research confirms the obvious—that sustained participation in sport is related to an ongoing positive experience, which includes having fun, improving skills, and having positive interactions with peers and adults
Was I still having positive influence and interactions with young people at the end of the season?

You can motivate by fear, and you can motivate by reward. But both those methods are only temporary. The only lasting thing is self motivation. Homer Rice, Longtime Coach and Athletic Director at Georgia Tech. As a high school coach, Homer Rice won nine Coach of the Year Awards.

Good decisions don’t make life easy, but they do make it easiER.

SO, I get to why do I do it? I do it cos not to do it makes little sense, we had opportunity as young men and people, so the very least we should do is offer the same. The society of today is sooo narcissistic that there really is very little hope for young people to actually be in a safe forum and a welcoming fun environment where they can be nurtured and developed to be better and stronger people of character. BUT and here is the big BUT, why do we, as coaches, have to resort to becoming the feared coach instead of the supportive coach to get the results today? Is it that culture today just takes advantage of the supportive (as can be seen by what is stolen, what is left behind and always the same people doing the work when work is to be done). It is a bit of a quandary isn’t it.

I leave you with the quote from Larry Gelwix (see the movie forever strong)
Coach Larry Gelwix: You boys might think I coach because, uh, I love rugby and I love to win – both true – but I KEEP coaching because of you guys. That’s why I’m more interested in turning out champion boys than champion teams. I want you to be forever strong on the field so you’ll be forever strong off it.