Training to Train

Objectives (Ages 11 to 13)

  • Further develop and consolidate fundamental softball skills and simple tactics/strategies.
  • Introduce more advanced softball skills and tactics/strategies.
  • Develop overall general physical fitness.
  • Develop general mental skills and introduce softball-specific mental skills.
  • Learn to cope with the mental and physical challenges of competition.
  • Optimize the skill set and build on competitive experiences.

Guiding Principles – Community Softball Ages 11 to 13

  • Fun, participation, and learning
  • Players are divided based on skill levels if possible.
  • Player autonomy is developed.
  • Players play 1 to 2 complementary sports and play 2 to 3 positions in softball.
  • The focus is on individual and team development rather than on a competitive outcome.
  • Multiple sport participation is encouraged.
  • Enrichment programs are available and open to all.
  • An appropriate Achievement Award Program is in place.

Guiding Principles – Competitive Softball Ages 11 to 13

  • Fun (competitively motivated); balance between participation and competition
  • Player autonomy is developed.
  • Players play 1 to 2 complementary sports and play 2 to 3 positions in softball.
  • A talent identification process selects players for enrichment programs.
  • The focus is on individual and team development and coping in a competitive environment.
  • Advanced softball skills and strategies are introduced and developed during practices and reinforced in games.

Objectives (Ages 14 to 16)

  • Further consolidate fundamental softball skills and simple tactics/strategies.
  • Develop more advanced softball skills and strategies.
  • Further develop overall general physical fitness.
  • Further develop general mental skills and softball-specific mental skills.
  • Focus on transferring the performance of skills developed in training into a competitive environment. In the competitive stream, there is an additional focus on optimal team performance.

Guiding Principles – Community Softball Ages 14 to 16

  • Fun (socially motivated); balance between participation and competition
  • Player autonomy is developed.
  • Players play 1 to 2 complementary 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 Ages 14 to 16

  • Fun (competitively motivated); balance between participation and competition
  • Player autonomy is developed.
  • Players play 1 to 2 complementary sports and play 2 to 3 positions in softball.
  • A talent identification process selects players for enrichment programs.
  • Advanced softball skills and strategies are developed during practices and reinforced in games.

 

"This stage is critical in the physical development of young softball players and can definitely have a long-term impact on their softball career. It's during this period that the qualities of speed, strength, and power, three of the most important physical qualities in softball, are most responsive to training because the body is in ‘growing up’ mode. So, it's vital that young softball players in this stage of development be exposed to activities and exercises that will challenge the development of these important physical qualities."

  – Marc Dagenais, Strength and Conditioning Coach for Softball Canada’s National Teams

For a quick overview on the Training to Train (Community Softball) stage of LTPD from the Softball Canada's guide for Softball Parents, Click Training to Train (Community Softball)

For a quick overview on the Training to Train (Competitive Softbll) stage of LTPD from the Softball Canada's guide for Softball Parents, Click Training to Train (Competitive Softball)

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