Training to Compete


  • Refine fundamental softball skills and further develop advanced softball skills and tactics/strategies.
  • Further develop general physical fitness and introduce softball-specific physical fitness.
  • Refine general mental skills and develop softball-specific mental skills.
  • Focus on the preparation for optimal performance in competition.

Guiding Principles – Community Softball

  • Fun (socially motivated); Balance between participation and competition
  • Player autonomy is developed.
  • Players play softball and 1 to 2 other sports and play 2 to 3 positions in softball.
  • Fundamental skills are reinforced in practice using game simulations but emphasis shifts to performing skills well during games.

Guiding Principles – Competitive Softball

  • Skill development is reinforced under competitive conditions.
  • Player autonomy is developed.
  • Players specialize in softball and 1 position but play 1 to 2 other positions.
  • The focus on softball-specific and position-specific training and testing is increased.
  • The importance of modeling high performance players is emphasized.
  • Individualized instruction and preparation addresses each player’s individual needs, strengths, and weaknesses.


“In the Training to Compete stage, players determine the amount of time and energy they are able to devote to the game of softball. Players choosing to pursue the competitive stream will focus more on softball-specific technical and physical fitness training. The importance of mental training will increase as players are required to perform advanced skills, tactics, and strategies in a highly competitive environment"

  – Don Bates, Softball Canada National Team Pitching Coach

For a quick overview of the Training to Compete stage of LTPD from the Softball Canada's Guide for Softball Parents, Click Training to Compete


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