What is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)?
Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. CS4L links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming. Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. CS4L, with LTAD, represents a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.
- LTAD is a training, competition, and recovery framework for individuals at all stages of life.
- LTAD offers equal opportunity for participation and recreation.
- LTAD is athlete centered, coach driven and supported by officials, administrators, parents, sport medicine, sport sciences and sponsors.
- LTAD focuses on the general framework of athlete development with special reference to growth, maturation, and development.
- LTAD is a framework for full sport system alignment in Canada, integrating health and education with sport and physical activity.
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Ringette Long Term Athlete Development Framework
The focus of this document is Long Term Athlete Development, or LTAD, for participants in Ringette. By respecting the principles of LTAD, we will ensure that our programs and structure meet the developmental needs of participants in each stage of LTAD. This document sets out a framework for LTAD in Ringette. When fully implemented, the LTAD framework will provide the optimal environment for athlete development, the pursuit of excellence, and instill a love of the game that keeps athletes in ringette for life.
A number of positive developments towards full implementation of the Long Term Athlete Development model for ringette have already been achieved or are currently in progress, such as:
- Updates to the National Coaching Certification Program (all ringette partners and the Coaching Association of Canada)
- Open format for all Ringette Alberta Provincial Championship (Ringette Alberta)
- Open format for the Canadian Ringette Championship (Ringette Canada)
- Open format for U14AA at the Western Canadian Ringette Championship (Western Canadian Ringette Championship Governing Authority)
- Increased access to Train to Train opportunities (Ringette Alberta and partner associations)
- Initial steps towards establishing a stage-based structure for our youngest participaants (Active Start and Fundamentals) (Ringette Alberta)
- Pilot project (Universal Athlete Assessment) underway (Ringette Alberta)
- Pilot project (right-sized nets) underway (Ringette Alberta)
- Competition Review and Restructing task underway (Ringette Canada)
- Creation of comprehensive Athlete Development Matrix underway (Ringette Canada)
- Introduction of the importance of monitoring growth in young athletes (Ringette Alberta and partner associations)
LTAD implementation will take time and there will always be room for improvement. The following will be some of the topics of conversation in the near future:
- Further transition from an age-based to stage-based structure
- Implementation of recommendations from the Competition Review and Restructing process (see above) that should be complete summer of 2016
- Implementation of the Athlete Development Matrix (see above) that should be complete summer of 2016
- Determining how to fully engage associations and parents of the importance of monitoring growth
- Implementing a system to track and report growth measurements and ways to support coaches in adapting training programs
- Improving our collective ability to implement systems that are optimal for the development of girls and women in sport