Lacrosse for Life LTAD Stages

LTAD is a framework for systematically training and developing physical, mental, and emotional capacities in athletes according to scientifically-recognized principles and stages of human development. As a training, competition, and recovery model, it respects the natural stages of physical, mental, and emotional development in athletes.

Based on clearly defined developmental stages, LTAD provides recommendations for ratios of training-to-competition hours, points of emphasis in skills training, formats for competition, and more. When adapted to a specific sport such as lacrosse, it provides coaches and administrators with clear guidelines for designing training and competition programs at every developmental stage to optimize long-term skills acquisition and performance.

Importantly, LTAD allows athletes the flexibility to move between competitive and recreational arenas of their sport at almost any time of life. Following early athlete development in the first stages of training, and depending on talent, athletes may choose to pursue elite competition or join a recreational stream for fun and wellness. In this way, LTAD supports lifelong wellness for the greatest number of participants even while promoting medal-winning performances.

Learn all about the Lacrosse Canada's Lacrosse for Life LTAD stages from the great resources below.

Lacrosse for Life: Overview

Lacrosse for Life: Stages

Lacrosse for Life: Stages - Box Lacrosse

Lacrosse for Life: Stages - Men's Field Lacrosse

Lacrosse for Life: Stages - Women's Field Lacrosse

Lacrosse for Life is a player development pathway that helps Canadian kids get into lacrosse, have fun, learn skills, and develop to their full potential over the long term.  It's based on best practices in sport training and coaching from around the world, and it's our way of keeping lacrosse fun and safe for kids of all ages and sizes, even while we develop the champions of tomorrow.  
Lacrosse Canada has produced this player development pathway in consultation with key members of the Canadian lacrosse community. Lacrosse for Life is a lacrosse-specific adaptation of the generic Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model developed by Sport Canada and presented in the document Canadian Sport for Life. LTAD applies the most current international research in athlete development to the long-term task of developing athletes for championship performance. As an additional benefit, it also promotes greater participation for athletes of all abilities and wellness for a larger segment of Canadian society, regardless of whether or not an athlete chooses to pursue an elite or professional career.  
To find out more about Long-Term Athlete Development, please visit 
For more information on Lacrosse for Life, please contact the Lacrosse Canada office at

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