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Six more S’s that Influence Training and Development


Beyond the physical, technical, and tactical development, there must be consideration for the mental, cognitive, social and emotional development of the athletes. Holistic athlete development (Key Factor 2) depends on a balanced approach to training - building a solid foundation for each successive stage. The optimal development of the first 5 S’s cannot occur without attention to six more S’s:


Spirit of the Game


Spirit of the Game (SOTG) sets Ultimate apart from other competitive team sports. Over the past 30 years Ultimate has gained a reputation as a highly competitive sport without the use of referees. In Ultimate, the honor system works and the players ensure that SOTG is in full effect at every game or practice. Even amidst the most difficult of discussions players are able to agree upon the solution to continue playing the game. Built into learning SOTG are basic principles of conflict resolution, respect and sportsmanship.


Structure/Stature


The tracking of stature is a guide to developmental age and allows planning to address optimal periods to train stamina, strength, speed, suppleness and skill. Functional movement screening to identify strengths and weaknesses is critical to factor structure and stature into training plans.


(P)sychology Ultimately, the planning, implementation and refinement of mental preparation strategies for training and competition will have a large influence on performance. Consequently, programs at all stages must develop the psychological aspects of athlete preparation including goal setting, distraction control and dealing with success and failure. This aspect of development must be integrated into the training plan.


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