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American Sport Education Program

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Players are individually different in terms of their age, gender and physical strength and therefore certain skills are more appropriate to some than some others.   Different players need to improve different skills. Some skills are more appropriate for some people whereas some other skills may not be so. Therefore, it is important that those who train and coach them must use some ways to identify skills that are appropriate to different individuals.   Players are individually different in terms of their age, gender and physical strength and therefore certain skills are more appropriate to some than some others.   Different players need to improve different skills.

Some skills are more appropriate for some people whereas some other skills may not be so. Therefore, it is important that those who train and coach them must use some ways to identify skills that are appropriate to different individuals.   Coaching activities must be planned in a way that they focus on the chronological ages of the players before addressing the functional ages. A player with a physical disability should be afforded a chance to learn and play in a modified softball game and he should not be offered a wheelchair obstacle course etc.   A common argument is that when trainers develop age-appropriate skills among the players, it would be helpful for them to enhance self-esteem as they would see what others in their similar age are doing (Kasser, p.

8).   A coaching that has been well-planned and developed through a thought-process would more likely to be an effective way to provide age-appropriate coaching. Various age groups must be identified so that coaches can make all players in to few groups and each group can be targeted with their age-appropriate skills.

For instance, players can be grouped into the 10- 12 age group, 13- 14 age group, 16 – 18 and 19- 20 age groups. Which specific physical skills each group lacks also needs to be identified. One or two groups may be very good in hitting, but they may need to improve positioning, bat positioning, and stance etc. So, accordingly, each different group should be given different age-appropriate skill coaching. Lench explained some positive ways to foster age-appropriate skill developments among players.

He argued that children under the age of twelve may not be emotional, mentally and cognitively ready to compete as adults compete. It is because they have not developed a mature understanding of the seriousness of competition. In this case, competition skill needs to be enhanced among such players. Likewise, players should not be pushed to do something which they are not ready to do developmentally.    

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