Article of the week

Updated Monday December 7, 2015 by Richard Moller.

Young Players Ages 12-14

Training (boys and girls at this age)

  • "shoot up" in height when they enter puberty. This rapid growth creates an imbalance between the length of their torso and legs
  • often find it difficult to move around in a fluid manner because of the physical changes they are experiencing
  • on the hand demonstrate greatly improved strength and speed

Consequences:

  • The basic technical principles need to be adapted to this greater swiftness.
  • Their ability to grasp concepts means: they can be taught more demanding tactics.
  • Fitness and stamina are improved, primarily through playing. Training should occasionally be supplemented by simple circuits, jumping exercises, games and exercises to improve reaction and acceleration...please click here to continue.