Long Term Player Development (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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Long Term Player Development -CANADIAN DEVELOPMENT MODEL

When children start playing hockey at a very young age under the direction of various well-meaning organizations, they are in pursuit of an experience that is both fun and rewarding. As the child grows older and moves up in competitive levels, the game should still be fun but wading through the many aspects concerning what is best for the athlete can become more complicated. The process that follows can offer quite a challenge for players and their parents as they try to navigate their way through the many obstacles to find the answers to questions before making critical decisions. The critical decision points for parents and the player usually occur when Junior-level scouts, coaches and team administrators begin taking special interest in players as early as the Peewee (12 years old) and Bantam (13 and 14 years old) levels of hockey. Being invited to play for teams at the elite Bantam, Midget and Junior levels, may mean the athlete will move to another community, live with another family, and transfer to a different schools. In some cases, a player may be presented with the opportunity to move out of province or even to the United States.

The CDM Parent Handbook has been developed by Hockey Canada with the goal of providing young athletes and their parents with the information required to make these decisions and to insure that the choices being made are in the best interest of the athlete. This handbook serves as an introduction to what the Canadian hockey system offers young hockey players.

Sport Canada’s Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Resource Paper “Canadian Sport for Life” sets out a framework for sport development in Canada. Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is an nine stage model based on the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents. Each stage reflects a different point in developing the player. The first four stages emphasize physical literacy and a broad range of sport experiences. The next five stages focus on development and competitive excellence. Active for Life encourages life-long physical activity and informed healthy lifestyle choices with participation in hockey long after the competitive years. Click Here for a quick overview of the LTPD.

Long Term Player Development is the Hockey Specific response to Sport Canada’s Long-term Athlete Development model. Please visit www.canadiansportforlife.ca for more information.


•Is a philosophy and a vehicle for change.

•Is athlete-centred from a child’s first involvement in sport to the transition to lifelong physical activity or other sport related


• Integrates the needs of athletes with a disability into the design and delivery of sport programs.

• Provides a framework for reviewing current practices, developing new initiatives, and standardizing programs.

• Establishes a clear development pathway from playground to podium and on to being active for life.

• Identifies the shortcomings in Canada’s sport system and provides guidelines for problem solving.

• Provides guidelines for planning for optimal performance for all stages of athlete development.

• Provides key partners with a coordinated structure and plan for change.

• Identifies and engages key stakeholders in delivering change.

• Provides an aligned and integrated model for delivering systems including

• Long-term athlete development — technical, physical, tactical, and behavioural.

• Long-term coaching development.

• Sport and physical activity programs and services in NSO’s, PSO’s, recreational organizations, clubs, and schools.