LVC Pathway Night
Last night at STA the start and the end of the LVC Pathway were on display as five teams shared the courts for an "LVC Pathway Night". The night was exciting and engaging for the 13U Fury, 13U Ignite, 13U Intensity and 14U Energy and powerfully reflective for the girls from 18U Intensity. These graduating athletes are set to embark on the next steps in their volleyball careers (as post-secondary athletes/coaches) and were able to share insight on their experiences as an athlete and give advice to the future of LVC. It also included a Parent Info session as well to help map out the many steps along the Pathway. Thank you to all who attended! As a club, our training model is directly in line with Volleyball Canada/Sport Canada's Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model.

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!