U12 skaters will continue to develop fundamental ringette skills in a fun, participation- based environment.
--To continue to develop physical and motor capacities
--To develop general physical fitness
--To introduce the development of mental skills
--To introduce and develop simple tactics
--To introduce game play with focus on application of skills learned in training
--To introduce and develop decisionmaking skills in standard/ controlled conditions
--To encourage players to strive to succeed and do their best.
Toward the end of the stage: --Introduce understanding of how to use skills to resolve tactical problems --Introduce balance of individual/team offensive and defensive preparation. --Use game situations as learning opportunities.
Build on these skills later in the stage by introducing: --Decision making in competitive situations --Goal setting ~ individual and team, long and short term, process and outcome --Focus management / attentional control ~ concentration strategies --Anxiety management / emotional control ~ visualization (mental rehearsal of game situations) strategies --Game preparation and routine ~ game strategies