Volleyball Canada's LTAD & VCEP

As a club, our training model is directly in line with Volleyball Canada's Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.

From ages 4 – 18, LVC has programming tailored to your age and experience level! Not only are these programs offered year-round, but they are overseen by our “LTAD Stage Leads” who specialize in the sport-science of their specific stage.

LTAD Stage Leads
8U FUNdamentals Jen Black
12U Learn to Train A/B Craig Dixon
14U Train to Train A  Dave Bellehumeur
16U Train to Train B Sean Pellow
19U Learn to Compete

Patrick Johnston

8U - 19U Pathway Coordinator Chris Lawson

LVC Pathway Coordinator – Chris Lawson

Overseeing the Pathway is Chris Lawson. Chris spent nine seasons as the Head Coach of the University of Waterloo’s Men’s Volleyball program leading them to five consecutive OUA Final Four’s and into two U-Sport Championships.

What makes Chris so unique is the variety of his experience. Prior to being at Univ. of Waterloo, Chris was a high school and club volleyball coach for 25 years! Add to that, he is a fully certified NCCP Level III Coach, and a Learning Facilitator, meaning he has taught many of our coaches already! Chris has coached with Youth Team Canada, Team Ontario at the Canada Games and several cycles with the Ontario Summer Games program. Needless to say, we’ve struck gold by adding Chris Lawson to our team.

The LVC Volleyball Canada Excellence Program (VCEP)

LVC is thrilled to announce that Volleyball Canada has acknowledged our commitment to their LTAD model by partnering with us in the Volleyball Canada Regional Excellence Program. There are currently 25 VCEP’s across the country, from Yellowknife to St. John’s to Victoria! There is a singular focus at the VCEP, with standardized language and teaching cues that aligns directly with our technical model at LVC. Thus far, after five years as a club, 6 LVC athletes have been named to our National Team and 17 athletes have represented Team Ontario. We feel the VCEP is a tremendously valuable section of the LVC Pathway.

What is LTAD?

Human development from birth to adulthood is a continuous process. To understand the process better, experts divide human development into distinct stages with specific characteristics; these are called stages of development.
 

In Canadian sport, experts have identified several stages of development, each with its own physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive characteristics. This is our Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model, and it’s the basis for the optimal training and competition kids need to enjoy sport the most and perform their best.

LTAD is a training, competition, and recovery program. It establishes guidelines for coaches, athletes, administrators, and parents in all areas, including planning, training, competition, and recovery. It takes into account the ever-changing competitive program and the overall demands on the athletes. 

Why do we need the LTAD model?

Because NOT matching skills and activities to a stage of development has serious negative consequences, and Canadians and the Canadian sport system have been suffering from them for some time. 

 To mention just a few of them: 

  • Children don’t have fun
  • They develop bad habits because of the over-emphasis on winning
  • Their skill development is poor
  • They don’t reach their optimal performance level
  • Many burn out and drop out of sport

To learn more about the LTAD Model, head to the link below!