Wheelchair Basketball Canada is pleased to present the Wheelchair Basketball Athlete Development Model, which is a key resource describing the right things wheelchair basketball athletes need to do at specific ages and stages in order to fully develop and reach their potential for better sport, greater health, and higher achievement.

With the input of sport scientists and coaches from across the country Wheelchair Basketball Canada has outlined a long-term athlete pathway and guideline for training and competition to show coaches, parents, volunteers, and administrators at the local, provincial, and national levels the importance of systematic and consistent approach to the development of wheelchair basketball athletes, while recognizing the importance of recreational and non-elite participation.

Introduction to Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

In Canada, wheelchair basketball enjoys the participation of more than 2,500 member athletes, coaches, officials and administrators across all provinces and territories. As the sport’s national governing body, Wheelchair Basketball Canada is committed to excellence in the development, support and promotion of wheelchair basketball programs and services for all Canadians.

To meet this commitment, Wheelchair Basketball Canada delivers programs and services that strengthen the sport from the community grassroots level to high performance competition at the Paralympic Games. The Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model for wheelchair basketball is an integral part of making this happen.

The Wheelchair Basketball Athlete Development Model presents the rationale and basic guidelines for promoting the sport and developing our athletes at the initiation, developmental, competitive and elite levels in Canada. Through logical training, competition and recovery programs that focus on the needs of athletes at every stage of maturation and development, the LTAD model is designed to achieve Wheelchair Basketball Canada’s long-term vision to become the world leader in wheelchair basketball.

Understanding LTAD

LTAD is a systemic approach adopted by Wheelchair Basketball Canada to maximize a participant’s potential and involvement in our sport.

The Wheelchair Basketball Athlete Development Model is an adaptation of the LTAD approach as described by Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L). The rationale behind LTAD is the recognition that better athletic performance and an active nation are both outcomes of a well-defined athlete development pathway.

LTAD aims for optimal training, competition and recovery programming in relation to biological development and maturation. LTAD also promotes equal opportunity and inclusion for all participants, and an athlete-centred approach to coaching and program design. To achieve these aims, LTAD incorporates the most current research in sport science and coaching best practices to deliver optimal programming.

Goals of the Wheelchair Basketball Canada LTAD:

  • To provide a consistent, acceptable framework for coaches to use in developing players.
  • To provide consistent leadership in the development of wheelchair basketball in Canada.
  • To provide age and stage appropriate competition to practice ratios that will allow our players to develop the skills that are fitting for their stage of development.
  • To place the suitable emphasis on winning that is required for each stage of development.
  • To ensure that the fundamental movement and mental, technical and tactical wheelchair basketball skills are being introduced in a systematic and timely way.
  • To ensure appropriate considerations are taken to design programs that will be inclusive and allow everyone the potential for self-fulfillment.
  • To recognize the importance of quality leadership at all levels of programming.

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