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Skills Instructors and LTAD

What is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)?

Federal, provincial and territorial Ministers responsible for Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation identified sport and recreation infrastructure as their number one priority during their annual conference in Regina on August 4 and 5, 2005. The Ministers determined that an improved infrastructure would advance sport and physical activity in communities across the country while addressing critical health challenges and strengthening Canadian communities. The Ministers directed officials to develop the parameters of a long-term national approach dedicated to sport and recreation infrastructure based on information shared between jurisdictions and to be implemented bilaterally between the Provincial/Territorial Governments and the Government of Canada. LTAD was the result.

LTAD is a systemic approach being developed and adopted by the Canadian Sport System to maximize a participant’s potential and involvement in sport. The model will identify the specific stages of athlete development from first entry in sport through to the high performance level. It will address the appropriate stages for introduction and refinement of basic and technical skills, as well as physical, mental and tactical skills. The LTAD model describes the pathway to sport excellence, including the program support that must be in place to allow for the development of the athlete. This support includes the coaching, training and competition programs required at each stage.

Sport Canada funding has facilitated the creation of a generic national LTAD model that identifies systemic changes required in Canada and will aid in the development of sport-specific models by National Sport Organizations, using the generic model as a template.

Who is using LTAD?

The Council of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers responsible for Sport have endorsed and established the goal of the implementation of a Long Term Athlete Development program throughout the sport community in Canada. Sport Canada has been working with National Sport Organizations to develop sport-specific programs according to an overall framework established by an expert group of sport scientists. To date, over 57 sports in Canada have started the process of designing and putting into place LTAD programs. There has been a sharing of best practices among resource personnel and National bodies and the overall program is gaining momentum.

Various national sporting groups in the UK and Ireland are approximately 18 months ahead of their Canadian counterparts in the development of LTAD programs and we are using their experiences and best practices in process development to ensure we have the most comprehensive and effective system possible.

Where will Ringette’s LTAD model come from?
Ringette Canada will be embarking upon the LTAD process in the summer of 2006 and will be following closely the work of such groups as Volleyball Canada, Athletics Canada, Canada Basketball and Soccer Canada to create the best opportunities for all children. This process will be in consultation with a wide range of coaches, sports scientists and experienced volunteers from across Canada to represent the views of the whole Ringette community.

The LTAD will be split into stages in which an athlete will move from simple to more complex skills and from general to sport specific skills. At each stage the athlete will be trained in the optimal systems and programs to maximize their potential as an athlete and as a long-term participant in sport. The LTAD will set out recommended skills development and training sequences for the participant from the Learn to Play Stage through to the Train to Win Stage. It will address the physical, mental, emotional and technical needs of the athlete as they pass through each stage of development.

This project is being funded by Sport Canada and has been flagged as an 18-24 month process.

Petite Skill Development Program

Rationale

A couple of seasons ago, it was decided that the Petite division should remain a developmental stage which promoted athlete skill development instead of a provincial championship competition. It was felt then, and is still today, that the athletes’ long term development was better served in this manner.

Petite Skill Development Sessions

Jessica Putland has been instrumental in the designing of this Skill Development Program for U12 (Petites). Under the guidance of Donnell Schoenhofen and Keith Doering, Jessica designed a 3-module program with each module delivering unique skill development sessions relative to the season. The modules offer additional training and skill development opportunities to further improve and advance the skills of these athletes. Each module focuses on the introduction and refinement of the basic skating and ring skills through demonstrating proper techniques and correcting error in skill execution.

The module each includes five 60-minute ice or gym sessions consisting of a warm up, skill instructions, related drills and games and cool down. The three modules, Preseason, In-season and Mini Camp, have specific time allotments throughout the season of when they are to be implemented. Here is each of the module components:
• The Preseason Module includes three on-ice sessions and two gym sessions that focus on the most basic skating and ring skills. The module is to be complete by the end of October or before regular season play starts.
• The In-season Module is to be executed throughout the duration of the season having teams meet once a month from October through March for five on-ice sessions. This module includes introduction of all basic skating and ring skills.
• The Mini Camp Module includes three on-ice sessions and two gym sessions to be completed between December 1st and January 31st. The module covers all basic skating and ring skills as well as the introduction of drop passes, defensive triangle 1 on 1s and 2 on 1s.

SKILL INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

RAS will be conducting Skill Instructor training for Junior to Open age athletes who are interested in working within this program. The instructors will learn how to deliver this program including how to instruct and correct the skills involved in the game of Ringette. As well as becoming instructors, they will provide a valuable resource to coaches throughout the season. In addition, they will be honing coaching skills that may lead them to become coaches one day. These instructors, trained by RAS, will be the only ones allowed to offer the Petite Skill Development Program.

HOW TO APPLY FOR THE PETITE SKILL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

The local association will fill out this application form Petite Skill Development Application Form, indicating which modules they would like to present. The deadline for this application is September 30. RAS will then provide the local association with a list of skill instructors available in their area. The local association will then contact instructors to set up the details of their program. The Skills Instructors must be paid according to RAS guidelines.

This program is to be implemented with a instructor to athlete ratio of at least 1:6. The instructor honorarium is $12.50 per hour. These criteria must be met to apply for any reimbursement from RAS.

The local association is responsible for all expenses involved with this program – instructor fees, facility rental, etc. Once their program is complete they may apply to RAS for a rebate on expenses for this program.

FUNDING ASSISTANCE

In order to apply for reimbursement of instructor expenses from the Petite Athlete Development Program a local association must meet the following criteria:
1) At least 2 modules of the PADP must have been offered during the season.
2) Only RAS trained skill instructors will be used to implement the program.
3) PADP sessions must have been conducted with an athlete to instructor ratio of at least 6:1.
4) Instructors must be paid at a rate of $12.50 per hour.
5) Local associations will apply only for reimbursement of funds which have already been paid.

Skill Instructor Training

This clinic is for anyone interested in becoming a skill instructor.  It is structured to teach young, female ringette athletes the necessary expertise to deliver skill development sessions for Petite aged athletes or younger. It is important for these athletes to learn leadership roles, experience the dynamics of teaching skills and learn the importance of providing younger athletes with positive role models.  Please contact our office if you are interested.

Certified Skill Instructors will be invited to deliver Petite skill development sessions on behalf of Ringette Saskatchewan. An honorarium will be paid on an hourly basis.