LTPD is a framework used to describe the evolution and development of a player.
In Ontario, LTPD is the model to be used by Ontario Soccer Clubs to "right" the soccer ship throughout Canada.
There has been plenty of mis-stated facts about LTPD, usually by those not really understanding LTPD.
- LTPD is NOT about taking competition or the desire to win away from players.
- LTPD is NOT about turning our youngsters into a "play nice" generation.
- LTPD is NOT about lumping all players together into one big happy family.
LTPD is about treating each player as an individual and giving each individual an opportunity to develop at their own pace and to their own individual optimum level.
LTPD is about putting the horse before the cart such that players grow and develop at their own natural pace. We would never consider teaching a child to read before they know the alphabet. Soccer is no different; players must first learn to run/jump/balance/coordinate before we expect them to strike a soccer ball. Once they are ready to learn to play with a soccer ball, they need to be given an opportunity to learn how to keep it under control, otherwise it just rolls away from them.
Soccer-rich nations around the world have long practiced LTPD principles (for example, in Spain, players do not compete for standings until U15).
LTPD is nothing new. The Candian Soccer Association has simply adopted athletic and soccer development principles from best practices around the world. USC has implemented those practices in their philosophy since its 2001 inception. Finally, in 2011, the OSA has followed through making it mandatory.
The implementation of LTPD is not difficult, as long as parents understand the philosophy. We at USC use that philosophy since 2001. In general, the implementation of LTPD means more opportunities for the individual, programs designed for a player's development level rather than their chronological age, more game play for our players - overall, a whole lot more FUN in learning.
For more information on LTPD, please check out the additional link below.
(President, United SC/USC Academy)
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