U13 to U14 years old
- During this stage a players’ ability to understand the game continues to develop. However, many players are limited by their physical size and the significant changes, which arise with the onset of puberty. Coaches should be cautious to avoid overtraining. Training sessions should be focused on the technical and tactical demands of the game as opposed the physical demands. Tactical training begins to take on a bigger role during this stage.
- During this stage players are grouped into individual teams, Premier & Developmental (if numbers permit). Teams are composed of 13-22 players and are guaranteed one Team Coach. Assistant coaches are dependent upon availability. It is the responsibility of the Premier Team Head Coach and the Developmental Team Head Coach to collaborate with each other to ensure that all players are being developed properly.Whenever possible, the Premier Team and Developmental team should train together or next to each other to ensure that all players are getting exposure to the Premier Team Head Coach. Players from the Developmental team should be considered for inclusion in the Premier Team throughout the course of the season based upon an evaluation from the Team Coaches and the DOC.