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.

 

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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