Athlete Development Plan

What is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)?

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.

  • 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.

For more information on LTAD click here

To see what Long Term Athlete Development looks like specific to ringette, including the Framework Document, check out Ringette Canada’s Long Term Ringette Development Page.

Clarifying Participation Contexts

Fundamentally, not everyone of the same chronological age is at the same stage (biological age, technical skill, emotional / social maturity, etc.) in their development and, even those who are, may not necessarily want the same ringette experience. There must be some degree of choice in the programs athletes access if we are to have happier athletes (because they are achieving their definition of success) and therefore improve retention. A key challenge in implementing a stage-based model (Ringette LTAD Framework Document) is that ringette, like most team sports, is organized by age group.  How do we apply stage-based principles to an age-based structure?

Clearly defining the different participation contexts, which includes an indication of which LTAD stages are found in these different contexts, and only then applying the stage-based changes to our sport, will be our way forward to a smooth transition to a LTAD-friendly sport.

The Participation Contexts* are:

  • Intro to Ringette (Youth and Adult)
  • Children’s Ringette (everyone under 12 years old)
  • Classic Ringette (competitive, ages 12 and up)
  • Excellence (pathway to High Performance programs)
  • Flex Ringette (older youth and adult)

*Please note these are working titles and may 

Children’s Ringette

The early steps in implementing Children’s Ringette are under way.

Provincial Ringette Associations, with the support of Ringette Canada, will be phasing in small-area games (as opposed to full ice) as the national standard for competition over the next four years according to the following timelines:

  • pilot projects: 2018-19 season
  • U8: 2019-20 season (loosely defined as U10 Step 1 in Alberta)
  • U9: 2020-21 season (loosely defined as U10 Step 2 in Alberta)
  • U10: 2021-22 season (loosely defined as U10 Step 3 in Alberta)

Note: Please consider this transition process as a work in progress.

Full details about Children’s Ringette in Alberta, including ice diagrams, season structure, and FAQs can be found at the Your Ringette website.

As we look to the 2020-21 season, Ringette Alberta is looking into creating a transition plan to help athletes move from small-area games to full-ice games and looking into when the “best time” to make that transition is. This process includes discussion with our counterparts from BC Ringette, Hockey Alberta, and our Athlete Advisory Committee.

What’s Next

November 2018:
Comp Review Implementation Update Nov 6 2018.

November 2019:

  • Continued work on evaluating small-area games and the transition to full-ice games in Children’s Ringette (as noted above)
  • Stakeholder consultation for the Excellence Ringette context
  • Consultation and evaluation of guidelines for the Classic Ringette context

All information about the different ringette contexts and changes to programming in Alberta can be found at:

Your Ringette