PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY

  1. PARTICIPATION PROGRAMME

World of mini-SQUASH  – introduces youngsters between the ages of 5 and 10 to the game of squash in a FUN filled and safe environment. Age appropriate games are used to develop the fundamental skills related to bat and ball activities. Equipment is adapted to the age of the players (i.e. mini rackets) A positive reward system (certificates, ribbons, medals) encourages the players to progress through the different levels of the programme. The emphasis of the mini squash programme is to build a love for the game.

 2. INTRO PROGRAMME

Kick Start and Accellerate  – these year round programmes emphasise basic squash development. Coaching is aimed at improving the skills level and although fitness and strength and conditioning sessions are held the emphasis is more on dual sided muscular development than actual fitness. Players are introduced to competitive play in a controlled environment.

3. FAST TRACK PROGRAMME

Junior coaching – this Fast Ttrack programme builds the bridge between the junior programme and the junior elite programme. Coaching is aimed at honing the basic skills and the application of these skills in competitive play. Although competitive participation is managed and controlled, players are encouraged to participate in the Provincial tournament circuit

4. STEP UP PROGRAM

STEP UP to a higher level. Players participating on this progam are usually later starters to the game, or players who are committed to other activities as well. An ideal training group for the younger talented player who has passed the Fast Track level, but isn’t physically strong enough or mentally mature enough to train on the junior elite level yet.

Focus is on developing skillz, as well as developing a competitive edge. this program often combines with the Fast Track program or runs parrallel to it

5. JUNIOR ELITE PROGRAMME

The  invited players on the Junior Elite Programme have all participated in an A team at the u14 – u19  Inter Provincial Tournament and regularly compete in tournaments and leagues. They have all committed to squash as a 1st line sport.  This programme falls into the Training to Compete phase of the LTAD philosophy

6. HIGH PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME

A minimum requirement for players to be promoted to the High Performance  programme is participation on a junior National level. Advanced squash skills are introduced,  and then implemented in matches at tournaments and league.

Camps (which include educationals) are held throughout the year to consolidate improved skills and tactics.

Biokineticists, physiotherapists, and nutritionists play a complementary role at this level and strength and conditioning, fitness and flexibility are areas of increased importance.