What is Long-Term Player Development?


  • is based on the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents. Each stage reflects a different point in athlete development.
  • ensures physical literacy upon which excellence and lifelong participation in sport and physical activity can be built and
    • a) is promoted through quality daily physical activity in the schools and a common approach to developing physical abilities through community recreation and elite sport programs
    • b) recognizes the need to involve all Canadians in Long-Term Athlete Development, including athletes with a disability.
  • ensures that developmentally appropriate skill development, training, competition and recovery programs are provided throughout an athlete’s career.
  • it provides developmentally appropriate and meaningful competition structure throughout the stages of an athlete’s development.
  • impacts the entire sport community, including participants, parents, coaches, schools, clubs, community recreation programs, provincial sport organizations (PSOs), national sport organizations (NSOs), sport scientists, municipalities, and government ministries and departments (particularly but not exclusively in the portfolios of health and education) at the provincial/territorial and federal levels.
  • it integrates and aligns high performance sport, community sport, recreational physical activity, scholastic sport and physical education in schools.
  • it is “made in Canada”, recognizing international best practices and responding to research findings.
  • it promotes a healthy, physically literate nation whose citizens participate in lifelong physical activity

More information and resources are available from Softball Canada.

Athlete Development Matrix

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