LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT & COACHING
By Mark Lonsdale, Judo Training Development
Built on scientific studies and widely used in the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is driven by the logic that sports training and coaching must be appropriate for the age and development of the participant or athlete. Even though individual development is a variable, and there are recognized differences in development between boys and girls, within LTAD there are seven fundamental stages with recommended age ranges for each level.
- Active Start (Under 6 years)
- FUNdamentals ( 6-9 years)
- Learn to Train (8-12 years)
- Train to Train (11-16 years)
- Train to Compete (15-23 years)
- Train to Win (18+ years)
- Active for Life (any age)
Within these seven stages there are also other training objectives such as Playing to Learn, Learning to Play, or Training to Excel, but the primary goal is to match the training and sports development to the developmental age and interests of the participant. At the same time the coach is working closely with the individual to make their sports experience enjoyable, worthwhile, and challenging. To help achieve these goals, coaches must constantly work to improve their coaching skills and understanding of child development and athlete development.