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Stage 5: Train to Compete Ages: Males 16-19 / Females 15-18


Objective: Perform basic and Ultimate-specific skills under a variety of competition conditions. Build strong support network for athletes to ensure continual development.


During the Train to Compete stage importance is placed on creating a strong support network to assist the athlete with personal development as demands in and outside of Ultimate increase. Athletes at this stage are committed, competitive and focused on performance at an advanced level. They participate in year-round training to refine and consolidate physical, technical, psychological, and tactical skills. They remain a versatile Ultimate player while consolidating position- specialized skills.


As the athlete matures they begin to demonstrate leadership skills and will often assist their coach and/or senior teammates in developing the team as a whole. Athletes in this stage are also learning to achieve balance with other important roles such as schools, university, part-time jobs, family, etc. They must be highly regulated in regards to their recovery activities to effectively meet the heavy demands of training and competition. As the training volume and intensity increases, the athlete may need to establish a relationship with a pre- habilitation/rehabilitation team that could include physiotherapists, massage therapists and sports medicine doctors.


Elite-level adult teams may express interest in recruiting well developed, skilled, and mature players in the Train to Compete stage. Care must be taken to recognize and protect the long-term interests of each player. Risks and issues can be avoided by ensuring that the development model remains player-centred.


Ultimate is offered in high school, university, camps, competitive clubs, provincial and national teams.


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