Train to Train 1

Stage Stats

Stage Start
Onset of Puberty
(Approx age: 11-13 years old for males, 10-12 for females)
Stage End
"Peak Height Velocity" (middle of growth spurt)
(Approx age: 13-15 years old for males, 12-14 for females)


During Train to Train 1, young athletes should be consolidating their basic sport-specific skills and tactics. This is a window of accelerated adaptation to aerobic, speed, and strength training.

During competitions, athletes should strive to do their best (including winning if that is appropriate for the competition), but the major focus of training is on learning and consolidating the basics as opposed to competing.

Because athletes commonly start orienteering as late as this stage, it is important to remember that athletes should have mastered the skills from earlier stages before they attempt to learn the more advanced skills listed in the Train to Train 1 stage. The skills in this stage rely heavily on the foundation laid earlier. They build on the concepts of handrails, collecting, and catching features, as well as foundational map reading skills including keeping the map consistently oriented. Athletes start exploring contours in this stage and begin using attackpoints to simplify and run with more confidence.

At this stage athletes should learn how to use a compass to orient the map and to take a bearing. Athletes should also be introduced to international control descriptions.

Participant Characteristics

The following is a list of key characteristics and habits of athletes in the Train to Train 1 stage to keep in mind when working with these athletes. Remember that each athlete is an individual and will not have all of these characteristics / habits. Group dynamics can also play a big factor in which of these characteristics come out in a group.


Major Features

Social Characteristics

Physical Characteristics

Psychological Characteristics

Learning Emphasis

Preferred Games



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