At my 147 Academy, I have developed a training system, yellow to black, to train my players. Essentially, it is a road map to each player’s development as they learn to master the sport. Its purpose is only meant to be an example, but its practicality should be used to guide players, new and old alike.
I have seen many players fly through this program and perfect the drills. However, these practice drills’ purpose is to work up a level of confidence in the player’s own ability to clear the drills or achieve good breaks.
The journey of building up one’s confidence is usually a long one but is vital to succeeding as it feeds into a player’s self-belief, technique, fitness and mental skills. Each of which needs to be fully developed by each player individually and at their own rate.
The intensity for the player both on and off the table, goes up accordingly with each level of the program
Yellow Level: This is about learning about the game and enjoying playing and having fun.
Green Level: Here, you will gain a deeper understanding of the game and discover and develop good fundamentals you will need to practice and develop to learn more about match-play.
Brown Level: Here, you will begin to transition into competing on a national stage, and by doing so, you will learn how Nationally ranked players perform.
Blue Level: This level consists of much in-game experience and, through this, building up the pieces to compete to a high level in national events.
Pink Level: Here, we will learn what is needed to be practiced and developed to compete on the international stage.
Black Level: Finally, we will put all the pieces into place in order to win an international event, hopefully, spring boarding you into a professional career where you will start again at the start, as a new professional, to black so as to achieve world champion or world No.1 status, similar to Judd Trump.