LTAD – “Better athletes, better hockey players”
Multi-sport hockey players are far more likely to achieve their elite aspirations in junior hockey and beyond over a player who only participates in hockey 10-12 months in a year!
Sport Canada’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) Resource Paper “Canadian Sport for Life” sets out a framework for sport development in Canada. To meet the goals of the LTAD, Hockey Canada and it’s provincial branches developed a hockey-specific model to foster better athletic development of our players. The Hockey Canada Long-Term Player Development (HC-LTPD) is a model based on the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents. Each stage reflects a different point in developing the athlete.
Below are athlete development outlines by age division to give associations, coaches, players, and parents an indication of what we all need to do in order to optimize athlete development for our players: