#LTAD or Long Term Athletic Development - is a research based framework to mainly drive the elite athletes to perform even better and that is why the concept is easy to take to the heart, or sell.
As Belgium recently started to play very good soccer at the top level - the reason claimed - LTAD.
Here is a great place for knowledge about LTAD
Let us just quote one of the first sentences in their presentation:
"Canadian Sport for Life is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada."-
Now to the core thing in this post - we claim that this is not 100% right. Do you see that word Quality? Yep - it is not wrong what they say - but we think they can say it better.
A few of the main things in LTAD is to keep kids in sport. Long Term Athletic development does not like the current drop-out rates of maybe 75% of the young athletes at for instance age 13 in some studies. Without referring to a specific study - drop-out rates among kids doing sports are way too high. So one aim with LTAD should be to lower the drop out rates in substantial ways.
Second; Long term athletic development also talk at times that folks should do sports for life.
So if we add the first thing - let's pretend that the drop-out rate among kids can be changed from 75% to 25% - to the second thing - people will stay with their sport for, why not 10 years longer..?
This is indeed not only about Quality - but tends to become much more about Quantity. Just listen to this version...
"a movement to improve the quantity of sport"
Maybe is not as "sexy" as quality - but the implications are truly staggering. In a sweep we could have 3 times as many athletes if not more.
What this may be "worth" as a health measure is very promising. Then look at the little venue - the local little hockey club would probably need 3 rinks instead and the local soccer club 3 fields... think about tourneys.. activity..
But mainly think about the economic impact for the society and the activity this may create? Activity is economy - right?
We are strong promoters of LTAD here - but as we shift our own mind focus from Quality to Quantity...
LTAD and its intentions becomes real mind blowing -
The only thing left to do is to turn most of the current Youth sport educations on its head.
But if we may kickstart Floorball in the USA - we should be able to deal with this peanut task too.