GG012 – Mod 2 – Skill and Technical Development in Early Childhood

This is the 2nd module of the GG01 (U6 and U8 Hurling/Camogie Coaching) course.

This module (GG012) examines the concept of skill development in relation to coaching the young child player in the appropriate  skills of Hurling/Camogie as well as how to develop the vital fundamental motor skills and functional skills that form the foundation of all skill learning. Technical development of the player is  dependent on the acquisition of good hurling skills. However it is enhanced depending on the exposure the young player gets to the widest range of fundamental motor skills possible. It is also assisted by the development of key functional capacities appropriate to the child’s age and maturity. This module covers the whole area of skill learning and skill coaching needed by the successful and inspirational coach. Plenty of examples of fundamental motor skills are included as well as the key functional skills the young players need to progress and refine their hurling skills.

Topic 1 – Talent Identification and the Matthew Effect – examines the way that talent identification programmes can be used or misused. It also presents important background knowledge on the concept of Relative Age Effect (or The Matthew Effect) as well as discussing the key issue of how we can stop the haemorrhaging of young people and young talent from the sport.

Topic 2 – Understanding the Effects of Early Specialisation in Sports Training – starts by examining early and late specialisation formats and then presents the research available on this contentious issue. It presents the reasons why people use the early specialisation approach but also presents the major drawbacks with this approach. This topic should give all coaches an indepth look at how we could improve how we coach young athletes and players.

Topic 3 – Developing an Approach to Coaching Players in Early Childhood – discusses the important approach that is needed working with players in the early (5 to 8 years) childhood years ensuring that we can plan for both early and late developing or maturing young people so as to increase their love for and participation in sport

Note: These 3 important topics are also presented in the Under 10 and 12 course as well to ensure the coach has a basic understanding of key background coaching issues.

Topic 4 – The Skills Continuum – examines the skills ladder and the various range of skills the child develops during growth from infancy to the teenage years. It discusses the relative importance of each skill type to the young child player.

Topic 5 – Understanding Stability and Movement Skills in Sport – starts by examining the importance of stability in all forms of movement. It illustrates how stability in vital to the child developing expertise in the various kinds of fundamental motor skills. It looks how coaches can help develop good stability skills in young players.

Topic 6 – Importance of Motor Skill Learning – discusses the issue of age and gender on motor skill proficiency and the role that coaching can bring to enhancing the child’s motor skill proficiency.

Topic 7 – Stages of Learning Fundamental Motor Skills – examines types of motor skill and the learning and coaching phases associated with motor skill development especially for the U6 and U8 player.

Topic 8 – Teaching and Coaching Sports Skills – examines the environment for learning and developing skills as well as covering the factors that assist skill learning.

Topic 9 – Skills Programme for the Under 6 Player – presents 12 hurling skills that the Under 6 player should be coached and lays out the best possible steps to coach the skills.

Topic 10 Skills Programme for the Under 8 Player – presents 13 hurling skills that the Under 8 player should be coached and  outlines how best to ensure that the player develops these skills by the age of 8 years.

Topic 11 – Organising Training and Games for U6 & U8 Players – examines the best way to organise Under 6 and Under 8 training sessions as well as presenting the best approach to organising games to practice the skills of hurling.

Module Duration – This module contains almost 28 hours of lecture content, diagrams, photos and video clips t ensure the coach is fully aware of how to coach a range of motor and hurling skills to children in the 5 to 8 age groups. One has 60 days to complete this module of study but we feel that most coaches will complete the work much earlier. if you need further time please email us to extend enrolment at any time due to work or coaching commitments.


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Fee for GG012 – Mod 2 – Skill and Technical Development in Early Childhood: $69.95
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Fee for Private: GG01 – Certificate in Young Child Player Development – U6 & U8 Hurling/Camogie: $159.95