Simply put, a Long-Term Player Development model (LTPDM) is a framework to maximize a player’s potential and long term involvement in sport over the course of their life.
Our goal is to develop players who are technically proficient, tactically aware, physically athletic and mentally confident. This is a comprehensive approach to player development, and we believe that this approach will maximize every player’s enjoyment of the game, and overall development.
The LTPD model for hockey has been developed based on the following principles:
- Doing the right thing for the player at the right stage in their development
- Adopting a player-centered approach and not treating the development of all players the same way.
- The broader the foundation of players the more successful the game of hockey will be in Canada
- Viewing player development as a long term process
- Aligning player development resources with the right age & ability
- Coach development and education resources so that coaches are doing the right things at the right time (skills manuals, DVD’s)
- A need to better educate parents on the hockey development of their child. It is okay for parents to want their kids to get to the highest levels but they need to know the best way to go about it