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Long Term Athlete Development


Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a seven stage model that provides a framework for development that ensures enjoyable lifeline playing opportunitieis for players of all levels of ability, as well as development of a pathway for elite players who pursue excellence. CS4L, with LTAD represents a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.


Children and youth need to do the right things at the right time to develop in their sport or activity – whether they want to be hockey players, dancers, figure skaters or gymnasts. Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) describes the things kids need to be doing at specific ages and stages in their development.



Stages 1, 2 and 3 develop physical literacy in a fun, stimulating environment before puberty. Physical literacy includes fundamental movement and sport skills that give children the confidence to participate in a variety of sports and physical activities throughout their lifetimes.

Stages 4, 5 and 6 provide specialized training after age 11 for those who want to compete at the highest level. To enter this high performance path, physical literacy is essential. 

Stage 7 is about staying Active for Life through recreational participation in any sport or physical activity. It’s also about giving back to the sport community through coaching, officiating, administration, or volunteering.


Learn more about Fundamental Movement Skills.


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