Lecture Content:

This 7 video series looks at the impact of maturation rates & trainability when considering long term training programs for athletes in the critical youth development / high school age ranges. Starting with the natural maturation rates for endurance, strength & speed & their relation to the introduction of specialized workloads and then examining the concept of trainability and how it influences coaching decisions & strategies at various stages along the developmental continuum, the conversation then turns to the introduction of various specialized sub-abilities at various age ranges. It then ends with a practical look at how to implement such strategies when you have large groups to contend with.

Your Lecturer

  • Derek Evely

    EveltrakSport.com Owner & Sport Consultant / Lecturer

    Derek Evely

    Derek Evely has taken a career path unique in Olympic sport. As an athletics coach, he has coached professionally at all levels along the developmental continuum and is widely regarded as a foremost expert in both youth development programming and elite training methodology. As a coach he has produced three World Junior Championship medalists, two of whom went on to win Olympic medals. He was the development coach for Gary Reed (IAAF World Championships 800m Silver Medalist), Dylan Armstrong (Beijing Olympic Shot Put Bronze Medalist) and Sophie Hitchon (2016 Olympic Hammer Throw Bronze Medalist). He has been a national team coach for both Britain and Canada to every major championship on the global calendar including the Olympic Games, IAAF World Championships and European Championships. He was a High Performance Training Centre Director for British Athletics leading into the 2012 Olympic Games where he coached the youngest athlete on the British athletics team (Hitchon) to her first Olympic final. From 2005 to 2009 he was the Sport Science Manager for the Canadian Athletics Coaching Center. He consults and coaches with federations and individuals worldwide on all aspects of developmental and high performance programming. He currently lives in Chicago with his wife and three teenagers.

7 videos / 72:00+ with slide and video overlays.

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What coaches are saying about this lecture:

  • This course could completely transform youth sports as we...

    Nigel Hole

    Derek discusses a lot of things that are tragically never talked about in the world of youth ("development") sports. If more coaches took this course and the...

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    Derek discusses a lot of things that are tragically never talked about in the world of youth ("development") sports. If more coaches took this course and then re-built their programs in accordance with it, not only would their athletes be exponentially better set up for sustainable long term success, but they'd also be more likely to end their careers with peace of mind, rather than heatbreak and life-long mental health issues.

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  • Coach Evely is Awesome!

    Carmyn James

    This is a must see for all coaches of developmental athletes. Not only is the content highly organized and based on sound training principles, it clearly def...

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    This is a must see for all coaches of developmental athletes. Not only is the content highly organized and based on sound training principles, it clearly defines what should be coached when (based on an athlete’s maturational level) and demonstrates how to manage a large group of athletes. Most importantly, it explains how early specialization can lead to injury, burnout and/or the inability of young athletes to reach their ultimate level of high performance after they mature. How well athletes are coach during their high school days will greatly determine their future success. Parents should be made aware of the consequences too!

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