FUNdamental Training development pathway

Training requirements at younger ages should enhance the movement patters in the larger muscle groups;
This page has activities for very young skaters. However it should be remembered that the parent has a very influential role in the development of your child at  the early ages, in ALL areas of their life.
Get out and PLAY with you children
At this stage it should be about :
  • having FUN
  • playing many different sports
  • developing the Agility, Coordination and Balance( ABC’s) needed to build the base for sport development later in life. 
  • Learning to appreciate the value of a healthy life style
  • Beginning to develop a good work ethic

Parents play a huge role in developing these skills in daily life.  Development of basic movement skills required by children of these ages is gotten by just playing games.

With this program, skill acquisitions are an opportunity for parents and their children to play and interact together.  This interactions that incorporate the skills needed for future development in any sport are what should be focused on .
  1. That sport is FUN 
  2. Skill development and refinement based on the child’s muscle recruitment ability
  3. Proper development recruitment of appropriate muscle groups for gross motor skills.
  4. Directional speed
  5. Balance & coordination skills
  6. Agility and flexibility
There is not an actual summer training program for skaters at this age –  but here are some general skills that must be developed at this stage in their life.   Below are ideas for you to use in your daily life with your children.
Speed skaters need to eventually develop great endurance for skating.  It begins with the development of the Aerobic capacity system  BEFORE the child reaches peak height velocity ( the growth spurt).  This usually takes place somewhere between 12 & 15 years of age and will vary greatly among children and especially between boys and girls. 
The best thing you can do developmentally, for your child, is get out and go for an EASY run or bike with you child and play challenging games with your children.
Get out and PLAY with your children it is the best thing for them.

Below are some ideas that you might use to help in their coordination & flexibility as they grow.
Speed: lots of games with quick changes in direction ; all types of tag are great -especially if the tag area is reduced to make for greater movement.
Below are foot speed drills that your children can do to help with movement & thought process
Dot Drills:
4 square Drills:

Flexibility / Balance programs:  
Summer Flex/balance/agility circuit  – Balance Flexibility Routines programs
       please note the tabs at the bottom of the page to move to different program pages.  (8 different programs )
Available for all levels of skaters.  Flexibility and balance are extremely important building blocks for any growing child.  As your bones and muscles grow, you need to be continually stretching and keeping your muscles & joints moving in a maximum range of motion. You must also learn to develop quality balance skills for all your activities.
Also flexibility programs (picture version):  
  • Program  # 1
  • Program # 2
  • Program # 3
  • Program # 4
  • Program # 5
STRENGTH  DEVELOPMENT – can be done at the young ages – with the main focus on general body strength in a range of movements the also include other training components for this age group.   These programs can be fun and can be done with parents at home or at the cottage .

Ball Programs
  • Program # 1
  • Program #2
  • Program  # 3
  • Program # 4 
SSNB has ball strength programs  (picture format so they are easy (also a good balance component) for children & Parents to follow. People do not give the strength building components of a ball program the credit it deserves. It is something that can be done at home and is safe & fun.

SLEEP –    is a large part of a child’s overall development
A guide to the needs of your growing body, Your bodies interaction of vitamins and minerals, amounts needed and the food types to get them from.
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