Sport Initiation

Children who are just beginning softball, are not physiologically equipped to endure the demands of most organized and dedicated softball schedules.  The goal during sport initiation, is to introduce children to many activities that will assist them in building many foundational sport skills such as agility, balance and coordination as mentioned in the long term athlete development…

Softball Specialization

It’s finally time for softball specialization.  At least that’s what most will be saying.  It is a seemingly long haul to get to this point however if the previous stages are most appropriately planned, this one will not be disappointing.  The training history is a determining factor for athletes at this stage.  Although the volumes and…

Long Term Athlete Development

The end goal of all sport should be that number one, everyone participates and number two that everyone continue to participate in sport at some level right into their retirement.  This is the goal of Long Term Athlete Development. Long Term Athlete Development Considerations Every day, youth are entered into softball, first to get them…

  High performance is where it all meets.  This is where all of the training, learning and developing from the previous 3 stages meet.  Unfortunately many chose to begin this stage earlier in the developmental process of their athletes who do not make it to this stage of success as a result of burnout or…

Athletic Formation

This group of athletes are preparing for training in sport.  During athletic formation, their cardiorespiratory system is developing and tolerance for lactic acid is improving. It is also at this stage where many of the differences in maturity will be seen.  Athletes that are taller an stronger than others of the same age will become…

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