LTPD

 

WHAT IS LONG TERM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT (LTPD)?

 

LTPD is a model of athlete development that parallels what doctors and psychologists have long used to better understand human development: as a series of distinct stages, which takes us from infancy through to adulthood. A person's abilities, behavious and emotions, as well as their understanding of the world around them, varies from stage to stage.

 

Similarly, experts in sport science have identified seven stagesof development — each with its own physical and psychological characteristics —that form the basis for LTPD. When young soccer players are able to train and compete in an evironment that's appropriate to their stage of development, they not only perform at their best, they also have more fun.

 

| In other words, LTPD is designed to give players an optimal soccer experience at every stage by putting their needs front and center |

 

In order to accomplish this goal, the Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association (WYSA) with the District Clubs and Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA) and Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) has introduced changes designed to encourage more playing time for every player, enhance skill development, improve coaching and generally make the game more fun to play! Whether you dream of playing for Canada's National Team or simply want to have fun with friends, taking the right approach to the game when children are young sets the stage for a lifetime of enjoyment! As well, new and better coach education is a critical element of the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA) and Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association's (WYSA) new Long Term Player Development (LTPD) initiative.

 

WHY LONG TERM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT?

 

We don't expect kids to compete in spelling bees without first teaching them their ABCs. When activities and expectations don't match with a child's developmental stage, this can set them up for failure. The same is true when young children are thrust into a soccer environment that over-emphasizes winning at the expense of developing skills and having fun. The negative consequences can last a lifetime: Some kids develop bad habits and poor skills and can become discouraged. Many don't achieve their performance potential. Others end up leaving the sport altogether because they don't enjoy the game.

 

| The LTPD Model gives all players the best chance of success by tailoring training, competition and coaching to their needs at the appropriate stage of development |

 

When children learn the right skills at the right time —supported by a caring soccer community of parents, coaches, officials and volunteers —they become more confident in their abilities and have a lot more fun. This means more of them will grow into healthy, active adults with a lifelong love of the game!

 

Click here for the National Coaching Certification Program Long Term Player Development Information for Parents

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE LONG TERM PLAYER DEVELOPMENT MODEL:

 

New Citywide Coaching Program:

Coaching instructors have been certified to teach mini-soccer coaches.

Community Centres and District Clubs will have easy access to instructors who will coach the coaches. Each coach will also receive coaching materials to assist them in planning practice sessions for the entire season. WYSA is actively encouraging all coaches to take the new training courses that have been rolled out by the Manitoba Soccer Association (MSA). The MSA has trained more coaches than ever to lead these courses which has made it easier than ever to get certified at all age levels. For information regarding coaching certification, please click here to visit the MSA website regarding coaching certification.

 

Changes to Game Formats, Roster Sizes, and Game/Training Ratios:

 

A) Stage 1, Active Start, for ages 4 & 5:

Two sessions per week for approximately eight weeks, 30-45 minutes in duration, adults and children play together informally with fun drills, max 12 players to a team with a ratio of 4 players to 1 coach.

 

B) Stage 2, Fundamentals, for ages 6-8:

Recommended ratio of 1:6 coach to players:
i.              U6 - 3 v 3 with max roster size of six, co-ed
ii.             U7 - 4 v 4 with max roster size of 8, boys and girls to play separately
iii.            U8 - 5 v 5 with max roster of 10 players, boys and girls to play separately
 

C) Stage 3, Lean to Train, for ages 9 & 10:

The most noticeable change at the U9 & U10 level is that we’ve moved to a 6 v 6 game format. With smaller sided games, every player will become more involved in the action and get more touches on the ball! The games will be played on a smaller field in which WYSA has purchased new goals to be placed at the fields specifically designed for these smaller-sided games. Also, as standings won't be kept, coaches shouldn't feel that pressure to win and thus encourage equal playing time, creativity and generally build a love for the game without the pressures of having to win!

 

WYSA U9 & U10 Recreational League Match / Training Formats:

-Teams will play twice a week in May and June and wrap the season up early July with a Jamboree Event!

-No standings will be tabulated during the season.

-Format of each match: two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute half time break.

-Teams are encouraged to have one additional practice per week outside of their matches.

-6 v 6 format on a ½ sized field (30-36 meters x 40-55 meters / 98-118 feet x 131-180 feet).

-Recommended goal sizes are 6x16 feet.

-Teams can make up to 6 substitutions at one time.

-Size 4 soccer ball to be used.

-Fields to be marked.

-Matches to be refereed.

-Offside rule will not be enforced.

-All other Laws of the Game will be enforced.

- No league table (standings) or stats will be published

 

U9 & U10 Developmental League Match and Training Formats:

-Teams will play once a week in May, June, early July, August and wrap the season up in September with a Jamboree Event!

-No results will be posted on the WYSA website nor will any standings be tabulated during the season.

-Format of each match: two 25 minute halves with a 5 minute half time break.

-Teams are encouraged to have two additional training sessions per week outside of their matches.

-6 v 6 format on a ½ sized field (30-36 meters x 40-55 meters / 98-118 feet x 131-180 feet).

-Recommended goal sizes are 6x16 feet.

-Teams can make up to 6 substitutions at one time.

-Size 4 soccer ball to be used.

-Fields to be marked.

-Matches to be refereed.

-Offside rule will not be enforced.

-All other Laws of the Game will be enforced.

-No league standings or stats will be published.

 

C) Stage 3, Lean to Train, for ages 11 & 12:

The most noticeable change for 2015 is that we've changed to an 8 v 8 format and that no standings will be tabulated.

 

U11 & U12 Recreational League Match / Training Formats:

-Teams will play twice a week in May and June and wrap the season up early July with a Jamboree Event!

-No standings will be tabulated during the season.

-Format of each match: two 30 minute halves with a 5 minute half time break.

-Teams are encouraged to have one additional practice per week outside of their matches.

-U11s & U12s will play 8 v 8 on a ¾ sized field (42-55 meters x 60-75 meters / 137-180 feet x 196-246 feet).

-Recommended goal sizes are 7x18 feet.

-Maximum 3 substitutions at one time.

-Size 4 soccer ball to be used.

-Fields to be marked.

-Matches to be refereed.

-Offside rule to be enforced.

-All other Laws of the Game to be enforced.

 

U11 & U12 Developmental League Match / Training Formats:

-Teams will play once a week in May, June early July, August and wrap the season up in September with a Jamboree Event!

-No results will be posted on the WYSA website nor will any standing be tabulated during the season.

-Format of each match: two 30 minute halves with a 5 minute half time break.

-Teams are encouraged to have two additional training sessions per week outside of their matches.

-U11s & U12s will play 8 v 8 on a ¾ sized field (42-55 meters x 60-75 meters / 137-180 feet x 196-246 feet).

-Recommended goal sizes are 7x18 feet.

-Maximum 3 substitutions at one time.

-Size 4 soccer ball to be used.

-Fields to be marked.

-Matches to be refereed.

-Offside rule to be enforced.

-All other Laws of the Game will be enforced.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

Further information regarding the Long Term Player Development model, please view the following resources:

 

LTPD Grassroots Video

 

BC Soccer no longer keeping standings for U12 and Younger!

 

Ontario Soccer Association to stop keeping score/standings (Article)

 

Fire the Coach (Article)

 

View TV Interview about LTPD (video)

 

Lets see how adults like it (video)

 

 
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