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Train to Train Stage 12-17 yrs old

Players enter the Train to Train stage when they have developed proficiency in the player development performance components (physical, technical-tactical, mental, and emotional). Rapid physical growth, the development of sporting capability, and commitment occurs in this stage. Players will generally specialise in one sport towards the end of the stage and into the Learn to Compete.

  • The start of the growth-spurt, Peak-Height Velocity (PHV), and menarche are important markers to identify sensitive periods of accelerated adaption to training and inform what is developmentally appropriate. The physical, mental, and emotional maturity of individuals will develop at different rates.


  • During this phase there is a tremendous influence on behaviour from peer groups and possibly tension between adults and adolescents.


  • This is a critical stage for participants to learn and understand the rules of sport, values, and consequences of one’s actions.


  • Implement a regular, periodised training, and competition plan using single or double periodisation. Use physical literacy movement as part of warm-ups.


  • Players should be engaged in a minimum of 14 hours activity across multi sports