Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)WHAT IS LTAD?
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.
Why is LTAD important to RINGETTE Canada?
LTAD is a framework for the optimal development of athletes of all ages, interests and abilities. It provides a structure for program structure and design at the national, provincial community and club levels. The LTAD framework identifies specific athlete needs and therefore influences coach education programs. It ensures that all participants have the opportunity to reach their potential and that Canada is continually represented on World podiums.
LTAD is a vehicle for change in our organization. By understanding and respecting the principles of LTAD, we are in a better position to make sound decisions about the future directions of our sport. It allows us to set goals that are clear and attainable, to plan programs that will allow us to achieve these goals, and to identify and address gaps in our system.