them to shine on the field. You actually progress them on the field without thinking toomuch about it by using different developmental teams. For instance, skill development isoften broken down by class; when freshman come in they play freshman football for ayear. The next year you progress them to a junior varsity team. As juniors, if they areready, you move them to varsity. That is a form of progression! So you need to do thesame thing in the weight room.So this is what Coach Bompa has to say about multi-year planning, “Theuninterrupted development of the organism’s functional potential is fundamental to thegrowth of sports results. This is achieved by constant and systematic raising of theloading in year-round and multi-year training” (Bompa). So to simplify, make the program harder every year. Seems like common sense huh? So, how do you make itharder? There are two ways as far as I see it, you can increase the volume-load andincrease the technicality of lifts.Volume load is calculated as follows (VL = (Sets * Reps) * Weight Lifted). Sothe volume load for an athlete who performed 3 sets of 10 reps with135 lbs would be4050 lbs, some strength coaches calculate their workouts in what they call “tonnage”. Now, Coach Bompa would have you do this for each lift, each workout, each week, eachmonth, and for each year! The soviet era coaches were known for being very meticulous planning each workout this way. Understandably, unless you are a full time strengthcoach, you do not have time for this. So, all I am suggesting you do is to be aware of theamount of lifts you have your freshman do. It should be minimal in the beginning, because they are trying to master the basics and still have tons of room for growth. So begin gradually increasing the work they are doing in the weight room over time.