Event-Technical-Specifications (Updated May 2016)

Step Up! to Excellence Program

The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model is a framework for an optimal training, competition and recovery schedule for each stage of athletic development. Coaches who engage in the model and its practices
are more likely to produce athletes who reach their full athletic potential.

The LTAD model has been developed based on the research of the Canadian Sport Centres LTAD expert group. The principles of this research have been adopted by Athletics Canada as the framework for the proper management of youth and adolescent growth and development processes, and identified the critical periods of accelerated adaptation to training.

Please click on the link below to read the full Long Term Athlete Development document produced by Athletics Canada.

For more information on coaching…

Athletics Ontario also recommends that you visit the Coaches Association of Ontario website at www.coachesontario.ca

Concussions Guidelines (external link to a document by the Ontario Ministry Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport)

Coaches of Canada Benefits Program
Coaches of Canada, in partnership with AthletesCAN, is pleased to introduce a health and dental plan for their members. READ MORE
Coach Education Grants Available
The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) is now accepting applications for the next wave of Chevrolet’s Making Dreams Possible Club Coaching Grants. CAC is also accepting applications on an ongoing basis for
grants, made available through Investors Group sponsorship, from organizations interested in hosting community coaching conferences. READ MORE

Canadian Sport for Life “A Sport Parent’s Guide”
The newly released Canadian Sport for Life “A Sport Parent’s Guide” is now available for download. Canadian Sport for Life and LTAD (Long-Term Athlete Development) focuses on the general framework of athlete
development with special reference to growth, maturation and development, trainability and sport system alignment and integration. It incorporates information from a number of sources. The guide provides
parents and coaches introductory information on the basics of training, LTAD stages, and how to support Canadian Sport for Life in sport, at home and in your community…not to mention a comprehensive appendix of

This document may be helpful in introducing the concepts of CS4L with your organization, clubs, coaches, parents and partners in sport. To download the document and for more information, please click here (PDF) or visit www.ltad.ca

A Running Start
New York Road Runners has released a free on-line collection of 83 coaching videos developed by New York Road Runners to teach the fundamentals of running. Created in collaboration with a team of expert youth coaches and physiologists, A Running Start offers a wealth of instruction for coaches and physical education teachers who want to teach kids how to run. For more infoormation, visit www.nyrr.org/arunningstart

Basic coaching resource list – “Essential Reading”
Roger Burrows, on behalf of AO has compiled a list of essential resources for coaches of all disciplines. This annotated list is a great starting point for coaches and gives details on where to find these resources. To download this list, please click here.

Results from Coaching Survey are now available

Athletics Ontario and the University of Ottawa, recently conducted a research study for Athletics coaches. The goal was to understand why coaches coach, how they have been trained, their goals, and the challenges and barriers faced as a coach. An on-line survey was prepared and sent by email to coaches who have been registered with Athletics Ontario over the past 5 years and for whom we have a valid email address.

This study is one of the first of its kind to investigate the coaching context in youth sport and helped advance research at the University of Ottawa and will contribute towards scholarly knowledge in the field of coaching science.

As a thank-you for completing the survey, Athletics Ontario organized a draw for a Timex watch for all coaches who completed the survey. Coaches must have been at least 18 years old in order to complete the survey.

The objective of this document is to present  a summary of the results to Athletics Ontario.
It is hoped that after reviewing the document that Athletics Ontario will identify areas within the results where they would like to conduct additional statistical analyses to
determine whether there are any patterns or trends. The University of Ottawa will then conduct those analyses and present the results in a final report.