Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement 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. Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. CS4L, with LTAD, represents a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.

Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

What is LTAD?

LTAD is a training, competition, and recovery framework for individuals at all stages of life.

LTAD offers equal opportunity for participation and recreation.

LTAD is athlete centered, coach driven and supported by officials, administrators, parents, sport medicine, sport sciences and sponsors.

LTAD focuses on the general framework of athlete development with special reference to growth, maturation, and development.

LTAD is a framework for full sport system alignment in Canada, integrating health and education with sport and physical activity.

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Why is LTAD important to Ringette Canada?

LTAD is a framework for the optimal development of athletes of all ages, interests and abilities. It provides a structure for program structure and design at the national, provincial, community and club levels. The LTAD framework identifies specific athlete needs and therefore influences coach education programs. It ensures that all participants have the opportunity to reach their potential and that Canada is continually represented on world podiums.

LTAD is a vehicle for change in our organization. By understanding and respecting the principles of LTAD, we are in a better position to make sound decisions about the future directions of our sport. It allows us to set goals that are clear and attainable, to plan programs that will allow us to achieve these goals, and to identify and address gaps in our system.

Click here to learn how LTAD applies to ringette. By respecting the principles of LTAD, we will ensure that our programs and structure meet the developmental needs of participants in each stage. This document sets out a framework for LTAD in ringette that also reinforces Ringette Canada’s statement of core values. When fully implemented, the LTAD framework will allow Ringette Canada to fully realize its vision. For additional information please contact the Technical Director at