Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Hands-on LTAD - when we skip the age requirement


One of the ideas in LTAD say that you must realize that Traditions Stop Development - if we want to develop Sports.
So from that stand point you should try to do new things.

One of the ideas you may then use if to toss out the basic notion that player must be born the same year - and instead one should let players play according to skill levels - and also play in more than one league so the teams will both win and lose.

Here is now an real example of this from a Floorball league system in Northern Sweden
http://www.innebandy.se/Global/SDF/Vasterbotten/Tavling/Kommunserien/Ume%C3%A5/2012-13/Serieindelning%20kommunserien%20Ume%C3%A5%20-%20Pojkar%20-%20121025.pdf

Yes it is hard to grasp this, but in reality what goes on is that teams play in a division depending on their strength instead of their age. In reality this does not change very much and the age bracket variation is still limited with a 3 year max variation window - and it is only a few teams that stand out in terms of the age groups - compared to their skill level - as they will play in this system.
But if as you find different team names (under the read headlines) you will notice that they participate in 3 divisions at the same time, one where they should be a strong team, one where they should have reasonable resistance as being on par with the other teams and the third where they might be a weaker team...

It is like a new - Dynamic Transitional League System.

We like this and think it is very interesting.

So our question is to all folks out there that hard want to defend strict age brackets for kids in Sports (irrespective if you do Basketball, Hockey or Soccer) - why do you want to defend it?

More on LTAD is to be found here
http://www.canadiansportforlife.ca/
And the inspiration for this post came from this Swedish site
http://blogg.folkbladet.nu/ Kudos to you guys!
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Caution

Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!