- Youth Development and training should be individualised and have the flexibility to cater to the needs and development of the individual.
- When and if an athletes is ready they can under take more advanced training or increased training load.
- Its important to continually challenge athletes but equally not progress them beyond their capability or progress them too fast.
Focusing on weaknesses will result in greater longer term success than advancing strengths alone.
The YDM aims to ' enable children to experience continued mastery of new tasks though out their developmental years'. This progression helps improve athlete confidence, motivation and desire which will undoubtedly contribute to longer term success.
Using the research of YDM we can create a cycling specific youth development model (above) which should be of benefit to coaches, clubs, riders and parents to help guide what athletes should be doing when.
Now implement that new knowledge into your coaching!