The AIM Program is an innovative approach to training that is specifically designed to help athletes build a strong general athletic foundation to support their sport-specific pursuits.
By integrating physical and mental training, the AIM Program represents an efficient and effective way to build this foundation over time. We began by identifying the most important fundamental and advanced skills that exist in both of these areas.
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At the FUNdamentals stage (ages 6-8 years), it is essential for young athletes to begin to build the fundamental movement skills that underpin all sports and contribute to athleticism, namely running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, striking, agility, balance, coordination, and speed. This is accomplished through a carefully designed combination of sports experiences that provide an ideal blend of fun, fitness, and learning. At the Learn-to-Train stage (ages 9-11), young athletes need to improve and strengthen the fundamental movement skills that underpin all sports and contribute to athleticism. As a result, approximately 75% of the physical activities will be dedicated to movement training, and the remaining 25% to a stage-appropriate approach to strength, endurance, and flexibility. At the Train-to-Train stage (ages 12-14), young athletes need a balance between advanced movement skills training and sport conditioning. As a result, approximately 50% of the physical activities in this AIM Program will be dedicated to the ABC’s of athleticism (i.e. agility, balance, coordination, and speed). The other 50% will be focused on the proper techniques for Olympic lifts, squats, presses, pulls, and jumps, and on building strength, power, endurance, and flexibility. At the Train-to-Compete stage (ages 15-17), athletes need a heavier emphasis on sport conditioning, while still spending enough time on advanced movement skills training. With this in mind, approximately 75% of the physical activities in