Child Development and LTPD

Hockey Canada’s Long-Term Player Development Model

The Long Term Player Development model sets out a vision for hockey in Canada that takes advantage of the history and culture of the game to increase participation and to lay the foundations of international success long into the future.

This model for hockey has been developed based on the following principles: Read more >

Hockey Canada Long Term Player Development Plan

Sport Canadaʼs Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Resource Paper “Canadian Sport for Life” sets out a framework for sport development in Canada. Hockey Canadaʼs Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is an eight-stage model based on the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents. Each stage reflects a different point in developing the player. The first three stages emphasize physical literacy and a broad range of sport experiences. The next five stages focus on development and competitive excellence. Active for Life encourages life-long physical activity and informed healthy lifestyle choices with participation in hockey long after the competitive years. Read more >

4 Pillars of Player Development

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Hockey Sense

An Introduction to Initiation Hockey

The main goal is to make the beginner’s first impression of hockey a good one! When players get started on a positive note, they automatically enjoy the game and usually go on to have fun playing hockey for many years.


Proof that small ice hockey is better for kids

For the last few years, a debate has raged in the hockey world. On one side you have hockey specialists that recommend that kids aged 8 and younger play on a smaller surface (often half-ice). On the other side of the debate are the hockey purists and parents who believe that half-ice hockey is not “real hockey”.

For the advocates of a small ice surface for small kids, the main issue is proportion. A full ice surface is simply too big for younger kids. Read more >

Why play cross ice hockey? USA Hockey

Cross Ice Hockey by Saskatchewan Hockey

Cross-ice hockey is an important part of age-appropriate training for initiation and even novice players. Using a smaller surface in initiation hockey offers several benefits, including increased puck battles, increased puck-touches for all players, puck carriers will have to avoid more players in the small areas, etc. All of these benefits are extremely important in the long-term development of each player… [Watch Video]

Relative age and developmental age: Is your child getting shortchanged?

Why do kids differ so much in speed, strength, and skills?

When adults watch small children getting started in physical activities and sports, they see that some are clearly bigger, faster, stronger, and even “more skilled” than others. Based on these observations, they often assume that some children are “natural born talents” and others aren’t. Read more >

Trainability: How far can training and practice take your child?

The human body adapts to exercise. Work your muscles and they get stronger. Run regularly and your lungs get faster at absorbing oxygen into your blood. This is how your body “responds” to training.

But here’s something you might not know: Different people respond differently to the exact same training, kids included. Read more >

Additional content to be considered for future roll-out for the Child development

and LTPD section:

Talent Development vs. Talent Identification

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Think Long-Term When Raising a Child Athlete

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Specialization: What Does It Really Mean? Short blurb and link to: