In keeping with the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework, the Active-Start (ages 3-5), FUNdamentals (ages 6-8), and the Learn-to-Train (ages 9-11) stages are intended to help children develop Physical Literacy. We define Physical Literacy as the competence and confidence to Explore, Engage, and potentially Excel in a variety of sports. Physical Literacy forms a common base for lifelong participation and competitive excellence, and is facilitated by the strong general athletic foundation that our AIM Program provides.
At the Active-Start stage (ages 3-5) we begin to build this foundation by providing exposure to all potential movement environments (i.e., land, air, water, and snow/ice). We also introduce a variety of fundamental movement skills (i.e., running, jumping, throwing, catching, kicking, striking, swimming, and skating), along with some basic life skills (i.e. fair play and cooperation).
Then, at the FUNdamentals stage (ages 6-8) participants strengthen their fundamental movement skills, and begin to develop the ABC’s of athleticism (i.e., agility, balance, coordination, and speed). They also strengthen the life skills that were introduced previously, and begin to develop some new life skills that are easily applied to sport (i.e., teamwork and communication).
Finally, at the Learn-to-Train stage (ages 9-11) participants fine tune their fundamental movement skills, continue to develop the ABC’s of athleticism, and receive some initial exposure to sport conditioning through body weight exercises. They are also introduced to certain performance-oriented mental skills (i.e., goal setting, routines, and imagery), which will help to support their future sporting ambitions.