People like to talk about fundamentals, but few take the time to teach them or work on them. As part of our 360º Player Development Methodology™ we’ve developed a program to address this need, which will consist of:
- 1 athletic training session a week
- A wall ball video tutorial guide (Available after March 1)
- A testing regimen tied to a rewards system called “Gold Club”
The primary intent of the athletics portion is to improve:
- Top speed
- Lateral movement
- Stop and go ability
- Change of direction
- Backwards movement
The primary intent of the wall ball portion is to improve stick skills.
Players will be tested several times during each season in 6 different disciplines so we can track their progress. Testing will consist of:
- Push ups
- Beep Test or Mile (depending on age)
- 4 corner shootout (offense), full field passing (defense)
- Wall ball strong hand
- Wall ball weak hand
Our testing sets a benchmark for each age level in each category and players will achieve either Gold, Silver or Bronze status depending on how many benchmarks they meet. Gold level will be difficult to achieve because we need our players to push themselves to get better and start working outside of practice on their own or with groups of friends. And only Gold level players will be rewarded with an exclusive prize.
Physical benefits aside, what we are really working on is CONFIDENCE. If a player knows he isn’t going to get out run, he isn’t going to get winded and he knows he’ll make the pass/catch, then he has more free mental capacity to actually play the game. Knowing that your fundamentals are solid gives a player a completely different mindset.