Utilizing body weight to external (barbell, kettlebell, medicine ball, etc...) weight is the foundation for helping young athletes not only perform better but most importantly, feel better and increase their self-confidence.
Making it fun, challenging and competitive (whether individually or in a group) is a critical component to getting buy-in from young athletes. Parents, make it a priority for your athlete to engage in strength training!
Strength training weekly and year round, regardless of other activities is best practice and always in season
Strength training in season, including on practice and game days is also best practice
Hire a strength coach that understands this and can tell you why
Above, see our middle school athletes beginning their journey on the barbell. The BB is a tool in every school and athletic program/sport. Make sure they first know how to move well under their own weight and then be sure they know how to properly and safely move external loads.