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Learning to Train

Phase Two, "Learning to Train," in the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model is vital for young field hockey players, generally between the ages of 8 to 12. This phase focuses on developing fundamental movement skills and basic sport-specific techniques, providing a foundation for future athletic success. Emphasis is placed on teaching players how to train effectively, introducing them to structured practice sessions that include a variety of drills to improve their agility, balance, coordination, and speed. Players begin to understand the importance of practice and repetition in skill acquisition, while also starting to grasp basic tactical concepts and the rules of the game. This stage prioritises enjoyment and fostering a love for the sport, ensuring that training is engaging and fun to promote long-term participation and commitment. By the end of this phase, athletes should have a solid base of fundamental skills and a growing tactical awareness, preparing them for the more intensive training to come during their hockey journey.

End-of-Season Development Programme

The focus of the programme is to deliver quality training sessions to build on each players skills and game understanding before gaining the opportunity to test these at localised festivals. These trainings are aimed for players of all abilities. Participants will be training in small groups working on individual skill development. These training sessions will have a strong emphasis on basic skill execution and will also touch on more advanced techniques if appropriate.

Important Information
  • In order to register for the 2024 Wellington Hockey U11 End-of-Season Development Programme, players need to be born in 2012 or 2013.

  • The U11 End-of-Season Development Programme will be run in Term 4. Come back later when dates are confirmed and finalised.

Under 11 Development

Under 11 is the first age group that Wellington Hockey offers development opportunities for players and this is the start of their development journey.

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