Long Term Athlete Development:
- Is based on the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents, Each of the stages of LTAD reflects a different point in athlete development.
- Ensures physical literacy upon which excellence can be built and
- Builds literacy in all children, from early childhood to late adolescence by promoting quality daily physical activity in the schools and a common approach to developing physical abilities through community recreation and elite sport programs.
- Recognizes the need to involve all Canadians in LTAD, including athletes with a disability.
- Promotes a healthy, physically literate nation whose citizens participate in lifelong physical activity.
- Ensures that optimal training, competition and recovery programs are provided throughout an athlete’s career.
- Provides an optimal competition structure for the various stages of an athlete’s development.
- Has an impact on the entire sport continuum, including participants, parents, coaches, schools, clubs, community recreation programs, provincial sport organizations (PSOs) national sport organizations (NSOs), sport science specialists, municipalities and several government ministries and departments (including health and education) at the provincial/territorial and federal levels.
- Integrates elite sport, community sport and recreation, scholastic sport and physical education in schools.
- Is ‘Made in Canada”, recognizing international best practices, research and normative data
Ringette Canada's LTAD Framework
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