PERIODIZATION THEORY

Groups of players of similar age and ability will train together under the supervision of their coach/mentor as much as possible. The training sessions are dictated by the theory of periodization training. The training cycle consists of the following periods: (1) Fundamentals, (2) Tournament Prep Training, and (3) Tournament Peak Training. The timing of these cycles will be different for each player in the program, and the coach/mentor will ensure that each player is maximizing their training time.

FUNDAMENTALS

New concepts or technical changes are introduced. The training will focus on high intensity and high repetition. This will consist of dead­-ball drills and live-ball hitting.

TOURNAMENT PREP

Short term and small technical adjustments may be made. The focus will be on competition tactics, strategy, and the mental game. This will consist of situational points; dead ball drills to focus on offensive, defensive, and transitional skills; and situational match play.

TOURNAMENT PEAK

Lots of grooving the strokes to maintain sharpness and a high level of play. The focus is to remain sharp without overworking in preparation for competition. The timing of these cycles will be different for each player in the program, and the coach/mentor will ensure that each player is maximizing their training time.