What is Long Term Player Development?
Long Term Player Development (LTPD)
is a Canadian Soccer Association soccer-specific adaptation of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)
model developed by Canadian Sport Centres. LTAD is a scientific model for athlete training and development that respects and utilizes the natural stages of physical, mental, and emotional growth in athletes. Like the LTAD program, LTPD puts an emphasis on these stages of growth in athletes specific to their development in the sport of soccer. LTPD is designed to:
1. Promote lifelong enjoyment of physical activity.
2. Provide a structured player development pathway.
3. Describe best practices for elite player development.
4. Create long term excellence.
Long Term Excellence
LTPD is based on general findings that the greater the quality of player preparation, the greater the likelihood that players of all abilities will remain active throughout their lifetimes, and the greater the likelihood that the performance peaks of those who pursue excellence will be higher and maintained over a longer period.
Sport research shows that rushing into competition frequently results in technical, physical, tactical, psychological, and emotional shortcomings that hinder performance. While premature competition actually detracts from performance and achievement, progressive player development that follows a balanced formula of training, competition, and recovery tends to produce longer involvement in sport and higher achievement.
LTPD is designed to promote lifelong wellness for all soccer participants and optimal performances for elite players, particularly in the growth and development years when performances can become unstable and lead to dropout.
LTPD encourages players to enjoy the game and improve their performances through:
· Logical and integrated training and practice programs.
· Application of scientific principles in growth, development, and maturation.
· Provision of optimal structure for competition at all stages of LTPD
Stages of Long Term Player Development
*Click on a stage for a brochure with more information regarding the stage of development.
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