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INTRODUCTION


Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a national movement aimed at improving Canadian sport. It promotes quality sport for all Canadians from infancy to senior years. A key element of CS4L is Long-term Athlete Development (LTAD), which provides a progressive pathway for athletes to optimize their development according to recognized stages and processes of physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive maturation. LTAD is more than a model - it is a system and philosophy of sport development that is athlete-centered, coach-driven, and administration-supported. It recognizes that there are no shortcuts; people develop over time and go through sequential developmental stages that should not be skipped or rushed.


As Ultimate continues to grow, it is our responsibility as leaders, participants, coaches, parents and administrators to be innovative, forward thinking and focused on LTAD as our vehicle of change to create a world-class model that will shape and sustain our sport in Canada. Ultimate Canada recognizes LTAD as a cornerstone for building our sport for athletes of all levels and abilities.


In order to succeed in developing our sport we will need to work together to leverage our strengths and overcome our current challenges. Using the LTAD as our guide we can begin by focusing on:


• Creating opportunities for the greatest number of people to start playing Ultimate. • Creating developmentally appropriate training and competition plans delivered by well-trained coaches.


• Supporting administrators at all levels of our sport. • Creating a broad understanding of Spirit of the Game at every level. • Creating a long-term strategy for infrastructure development and management.


This document begins by taking a look at the sport of Ultimate including the challenges we currently face and the impact of these shortcomings. What follows is the eight-stage LTAD model specifically designed for Ultimate that addresses the needs of the athletes at each step along their developmental pathway. This is a growing, living document that will constantly be fed with new ideas and concepts as our sport continues to develop and grow over time.


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ULTIMATE CANADA LTAD


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