Long Term Athlete Development

OVA is committed to Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and its principles. LTAD enables athletes to experience training and competition programs that consider their biological and training ages and prepare them for a life in sport. The LTAD guidelines are the driving force behind our belief in and promotion of Volleyball for Life

What is LTAD?

Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement designed to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. CS4L links sport, education, recreation and health; and aligns community, provincial and national programming. From the CS4L framework, Long-Term Athlete Development guidelines were established to implement the movement across Canada.

LTAD is a training, competition, and recovery program. It establishes guidelines for coaches, athletes, administrators, and parents in all areas, including planning, training, competition, and recovery. It takes into account the ever-changing competitive program and the overall demands on the athletes. LTAD is also about identifying potential and providing appropriate developmental pathways for that potential to be fully realized. It is about ensuring that everyone who wants to learn sport has the opportunity and to encourage participation at all levels and ages. 

The best sport development programs have a long-term vision, adapt and account for the rates at which an athlete matures rather than planning programs based solely on chronological age, are athlete centered, coach driven, but strongly supported by administration, sport science, and government at municipal, provincial and federal levels. 

The volleyball LTAD Working Group—a group of some of Canada’s foremost volleyball experts— was tasked with devising a volleyball specific LTAD strategy to support and reinforce the potential for the sport and its athletes and coaches across Canada.

The result was the Volleyball for Life – Long-Term Athlete Development Manual.

9 Stages of Long Term Athlete Development (7 Volleyball Specific Stages)

  1. Active_Start
    0-6 year
    s old
  2. FUNdamentals
    Males: 6-9 years; Females: 6-8 years
  3. Learning To Train
    Males: 9-12 years; Females: 8-11 years
  4. Training To Train
    Males: 12-16 years; Females: 11-15 years
  5. Learning To Compete
    Indoor - Males: 17-19+; Females: 16-18+
    Beach - Males:
    16-20+; Females: 15-19+
  6. Training To Compete
    Indoor - Males: 20-21+; Females: 19-20+

    Beach - Males: 18-24+; Females: 17-23+
  7. Learning To Win
    Indoor - Males: 22-25+; Females: 21-24+

    Beach - Males: 22-28+; Females: 21-27+
  8. Training To Win
    r - Males: 26+; Females: 25+
    Beach - Males: 26+; Females: 25+
  9. Active for Life

For a full analysis of Long Term Athlete Development click here.