SCJuv04 – Speed and Agility Development

Objective of the Course

The objective of this course is to ensure coaches working with juvenile athletes, players or teams understands and appreciates:

  • the concept of speed and agility training as it applies to those in the 6 to 12 age categories
  • is conversant with the speed training methods that should be used with children
  • the emphasis that needs to be place on the skills and exercises that lay the foundation for future speed development

Course Content

This course examines the important issue of theory and practice of speed and agility training as it relates to coaching juvenile athletes and players. After skillspeed must be seen as the most important component of physical fitness especially for adults. With the conditioning of children it is not so much speed that is important but rather the physical development that is necessary to lay the significant and critical foundation for speed development later when those young people begin to function and compete as teenage or as adult performers.

Speed is defined as the rate at which someone or something moves or travels or the rate at which something happens or is done. It involves the quality of being quick and fast. For children the central elements in coaching and training speed are strength and flexibility in the area of physical fitness development. However in terms of general development there is a massive requirement to maintain progress in the area of motor skill and functional skill enhancement.

Topics of the Course

The following topics will be covered in this course

Introduction to the course

This topic introduces the course and the importance of speed and agility for juveniles

The Basis of Speed Training for Children

This topic discusses how we need to understand how speed is coached and why this foundation must be developed to ensure athletes/players can become faster at a later stage.

Understanding the Windows of Opportunity for Speed

This topic introduces the coaches to the windows as outlined in the LTAPD pathway and in particular it looks at the training relating to the First Window of Opportunity for Rapid Development in Speed.

Approach to Speed Training (6 to 9 Year Olds)

Looks at the importance of Fundamental Motor Skills for children in the age group and sets about trying to develop Key Performance Indicators for the work of the coach.

Approach to Speed Training (10 to 12 Year Olds)

The children in this age are between the First and Second Window of Opportunity for Speed and at this stage we actually can begin sprinting. However we look at continuing the development of function and strength while also suggesting some Key Performance Indicators for this age-group too.

The Principles of Speed Training

This topic examines the Principles or Guidelines for Training speed and agility with a special emphasis on how they apply to children on juvenile teams.

Coaching Speed to the Young Athlete/Player

This topic examines the definition of speed and looks at how exercises can be used to develop force production by the young athlete/player and improve his or her fast ground contacts times.

Understanding the Juvenile Athlete/Player

This topic examines the importance of physical and skeletal growth and their effect on the physical and motor development of the young athlete/player.

Importance of Strength in Speed training

This topic examines and discusses that during the first Window of Speed that it might be wise for coaches to avoid speed training per se and ensure that they develop the function and physical strength of the young child.

Four Basic Speed Development Exercises for Juveniles

Brian Grasso, one of the world’s leading experts on juvenile coaching has suggested that all children need to become proficient in 4 basic motor/muscular skills. This topic examines the four exercises and presents a series of progressive development exercises to use with the young athletes/players.

To complete this course

To fully complete one’s education in speed and agility there are two additional courses which are more practical and more specific to the work of the coach:

Speed and Agility Training Exercises (6 to 9 year olds) €39.95

Speed and Agility Training Exercises (10 to 12 year olds) €39.95)

These course are list other Optional Additional courses


Course Fee

The fee for this course is €49.95.

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Pay and Enrol

Fee for SCJuv04 – Speed and Agility Development: $54.00
Or Pay for full course
Fee for SCJuv0 – International Diploma in Strength and Conditioning (Juvenile Sport): $509.00