Coach: Athletic Development

Long Term Athlete Development Model

LTAD Stages

There are seven stages within the basic LTAD model:

  • Stage 1: Active Start (0-6 years)
  • Stage 2: FUNdamentals (girls 6-8, boys 6-9)
  • Stage 3: Learn to Train (girls 8-11, boys 9-12)
  • Stage 4: Train to Train (girls 11-15, boys 12-16)
  • Stage 5: Train to Compete (girls 15-21, boys 16-23)
  • Stage 6: Train to Win (girls 18+, boys 19+)
  • Stage 7: Active for Life (any age participant)

Stages 1, 2 and 3 develop physical literacy before puberty so children have the basic skills to be active for life. Physical literacy also provides the foundation for those who choose to pursue elite training in one sport or activity after age 12.  

Stages 4, 5 and 6 provide elite training for those who want to specialize in one sport and compete at the highest level, maximizing the physical, mental and emotional development of each athlete.

Stage 7 is about staying Active for Life through lifelong participation in competitive or recreational sport or physical activity.

Visit Sport for Life LTAD

Canada Basketball

What is the Canada Basketball LTAD model? 

A Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD) is a framework that illustrates to coaches, parents, volunteers, and administrators at the local, provincial and national levels, the importance of a systematic and consistent approach to the development of athletes.

 The CMBA uses the LTAD model prepared by Canada Basketball as a guide for our coaching and player development.

Download PDF Canadian Basketball Athlete Development Model

ABA Holiday Hoops Hangouts

December 17, 2020

ABA Holiday Hoops Hangout brings together Mark Hogan from ABA and Mike Shaw from CMBA

For previous sessions visit AB Basketball

Additional Documents

Establishing Style of Play

Mark Hogan, ChPc; ABA Manager of Coach Development - Download PDF


Style of Play for Youth Basketball

Mike Shaw; CMBA Technical Director - Download PDF


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