Re: Regional Age Grade Championship
Haven't read the whole thread but here is my thoughts.
Long Term Athletic Development of our youngsters is a journey that takes time and if done correctly will lead to players enjoying the game long term (whether at the Elite end of the game or down in the grass roots!)
The LTAD model is used across many sports and as rugby is a late development sport it is particularly pertinent.
The various stages for Rugby are:
Stage 1 – The FUNdamental Stage TM
AGE: 6 – 9
Objectives: Learn all fundamental movement, skills should be practiced and mastered before sport specific skills are introduced. The “FUNdamental” phase should be well structured and fun! The emphasis is on the overall development of the player/athlete’s physical capacities and movement skills, and the ABC’s of athleticism – Agility, Balance, Coordination and Speed.
Stage 2 – The learning to train stage
AGE: 9 – 12
Objectives: Learn all fundamental sports skills (build overall sports skills) Specialised movement skills are developed from age seven to age eleven, and are specialised sports skills.
Stage 3 – The Training to Train Stage TM
AGE: 12 – 16
Objectives: Build the aerobic base, build strength towards the end of the phase and further develop sport specific skills (build the “engine” and consolidate sport specific skills). During the “Training to Train” stage young athletes consolidate basic sports specific skills and tactics.
Stage 4 – The Training to Compete Stage TM
AGE: 16 – 18
Objectives: Optimise fitness preparation and sport, individual and position specific skills as well as performance (optimise “engine”, skills and performance).
This phase of development is introduced after the goals and objectives of the “Training to Train” stage have been achieved. The training to competition and competition-specific training ratio now changes to 50:50.
Stage 5 – The Training to Win Stage TM
AGE: 18 years+
Objectives: Maximise fitness preparation and sport, individual and position specific skills as well as performance (maximise “engine”, skills and performance).
This is the final phase of athletic preparation, all of the individual athletes physical, technical, tactical, mental, personal and lifestyle capacities are now fully established and the focus of training has shifted to the maximisation of performance.
Stage 6 – The Retirement / Retention stage
Objectives: Retain athletes for coaching, administration, officials, etc. This phase refers to the activities performed after an athlete has retired from competition permanently.
We have to learn to walk before we run etc.
THis is not just a rugby programme it is used by many other sports and is an integral part of the coaching levels (WRU, RFU, SRU etc)
There are many links but here is the RFU booklethttp://www.rfu.com/TakingPart/Coach/Coa ... oklet.ashx