Long Term Athlete Development

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.

For more information on LTAD click here.


Ringette Long Term Athlete Development Framework

Framework Document
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 and it provides the optimal environment for athlete development, the pursuit of excellence, and instill a love of the game that keeps athletes in ringette for life.

The LTPD model for Ringette has been developed based on the following principles:

  • Doing the right thing for the player at the right stage in their development.
  • Adopting a player-centered approach and not treating the development of all players the same way.
  • The broader the foundation of players, the more successful the game of Ringette will be in Canada.
  • Viewing player development as a long-term process.
  • Aligning player development resources (skills manuals, mobile apps, online tools) with coach development and education resources so that coaches are doing the right things at the right time.
  • A need to better educate parents on the Ringette development of their child - it is okay for parents to want their kids to get to the highest levels but they need to know the best way to go about it.

Parents, coaches and administrators are encouraged to review and utilize this document to work at the local Ringette association level to develop the best program possible for the players involved:

Ringette Canada LTAD Framework Document


Athlete Development Matrix "Essentials"

An Athlete Development Matrix (ADM) is a matrix of key skills or building blocks that a player or athlete must develop through her participation in sport at the local and high-performance levels.

Using Canada’s Sport for Life Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) framework, their comprehensive Athlete Development Matrix (ADM) and acquired expertise from Canada’s Ringette community, Ringette Canada compiled an "Essentials" document to provide a snapshot of the key building blocks for the developing player and high performance athlete.

The Athlete Development Matrix is split into 4 components: Psychological, Life Skills, Technical/Tactical/Strategic and Physical. Further to that, Ringette Canada has added a fifth component, which is the Ethical Literacy, an initiative from the True Sport Foundation.

To access the Essential skills by stage, click on the desired link below.

Active Start - Watch Me Start

FUNdamentals - I Am Skating

Learn to Train - I am Playing

Train to Train - I am on the Team

Train to Compete - I am a Competitor

Learn and Train to Win - I am Exceeding my Limits/I am a Champion

Active for Life - I am Ringette


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