Learning to Train
Develop the Basics - Fundamental Sports Skills
The Player - EXPLORES
The players in this stage are generally 9 - 12 years old for boys and 8 - 11 years old for girls
At this stage, the players’ capacities allow them to learn through exploring. Trying out new approaches, pursuing solutions and new experiences in a controlled environment will facilitate the development of the player. Individuals are capable of problem solving and should be encouraged to express their opinions.
The Coach - TEACHES
Due to maturation, the players are now capable of longer periods of concentration and att ention; therefore teaching rather than guiding is more appropriate for accelerating learning. Knowledge of how to facilitate progressions and learning through understanding is critical for development.
The Game - STRUCTURED
Now that players have the capacity for greater understanding and technical competence, the game develops from open play to a more structured format to include the development of basic unit play (restarts - forwards and backs). The game is still fun, safe and enjoyable with ample running, passing and the intoduction of tackling.