Long Term Athlete Development, otherwise known as LTAD, is a training, competition, and recovery framework for participants at all stages of life, offering equal opportunity for participation and recreation.

LTAD is an athlete/participant centered concept that is coach driven and officials, administrators, parents, sport medicine & sport sciences supported. LTAD focuses on the general framework of athlete development with special reference to growth, maturation, and development. LTAD is a framework for full sport system alignment in Canada, integrating health and education with sport and physical activity.

What is LTAD?

Long Term Athlete Development, otherwise known as LTAD, is a training, competition, and recovery framework for participants at all stages of life, offering equal opportunity for participation and recreation. LTAD is an athlete/participant centered concept that is coach driven and officials, administrators, parents, sport medicine & sport sciences supported.  LTAD focuses on the general framework of athlete development with special reference to growth, maturation, and development.  LTAD is a framework for full sport system alignment in Canada, integrating health and education with sport and physical activity.

To download the Ringette Canada Long Term Athlete Development Framework Document click here.

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Age Divisions and Stages

The following outlines the age changes to the divisions for Ringette, which have recently changed terminology from the old names (Petite, Tween, Junior, etc.) to the “U” Classification. The following outlines the age divisions. Please note that U9, for example, refers to “under 9” so ages 8 and under. It does not mean 9 and under.

U7 = Active Start (refers to rec programs and learn to skate, not a “ringette” age division)
U9 (Bunny)
U10 (Novice)
U12 (Petite)
U14 (Tween)
U16 (Junior)
U19 (Belle)
+18 (Belle/Open)

U7: Watch me Start – Active Start, 0-6 Years (Males and Females)

Community-based learn-to-skate programming. Fundamental skills through “play”. Stimulated, positive learning environment. Activities are continuous and fun. Parents should participate on the ice. Limited technical instruction. Maintain a 1:5 adult/participant ratio. Feedback on skills is minimal, simple.

U9 & U10: I AM Skating – Fundamentals, 6-8 Years (Males and Females)
Community-based programming for U9. No competitive programs. No structured teams. Combined practice and modified games. Emphasis on social interaction. Active ‘’play’’ in a varied/structured environment. Active time is greater than non-active time. 1:5 adult/participant ratio. Instruction and technical feedback is simple.

U10 (Novice) is not a 1-year division. Someone who is 8 could register for either U9 or U depending on their experience and ability. For example, a new player with little skating/playing experience will likely register U9, while someone who has been on the ice for a few years and has played the game would register for U10. In the old system this would translate to a Bunny who started when they were 5 and had already played for two years AND were proficient at skating and the ringette basics, to play Novice at the age of 8. This would have also allowed for the 8 year old new to ringette to play in the Bunny division for their first year.

U12: I AM Playing – Learn to Train, Females 8-11 Years & Males 9-12 Years
Community-based programming. Introduction to the game with modified rules. There is no “competitive” program. Team created on equal abilities distribution. No tiering. Players play all positions. Introduce team-building activities.

U14 and U16: I AM on the Team – Train to Train, Females 12-15 Years & Males 13-16 Years
Community Programs: Fun (socially motivated), balance between participation and competition. Ensure life-long participation in sport. Limited tiering. Skills are reinforced in real game situations.

Competition Programs: Fun (competitively motivated), balance between participation and competition. Tiering begins. Coaches empower athletes and include them in the decision making process.

U19: I AM a Competitor – Train to Compete, Females 16-18 Years & Males 17-18 Years
Community Programs: Fun (socially motivated), balance between participation and competition. Ensure life long participation in sport. Limited tiering. Skills are reinforced in real game situations.

Competition Programs: Skill development under competitive conditions. Individual actions must be team oriented. Individual responsibility within team play becomes a focus. Game plan/individual play must adapt to opponent. Individualized instruction based on the needs of each athlete.

In the U19 and 18+ ages, an 18-year old can register for either division. This allows the flexibilty for someone to play a third year of U19, or go to 18+. An example is a player who has played two year’s of U19 and wants to stay with her friends on the U19 team, can register for a third year in this division. Alternatively if an athlete moves from another Province for University and wishes to play they may choose to play 18+ rather than join the U19 team as a third year player.

U20 (CWG) – I AM Exceeding My Limit – Learn to Win, Females 18-19 Years & Males 19-20 Years
High Performance Programs: Exposure to high levels of competition. Performance outcomes are critical. 24 hour athlete. Ability to adapt to a different/new environment, including teammates, travel, training, coaches, strategies and lifestyle.

18+ (Team Canada & NRL): I AM a Champion – Training to Win, Females 18-19+ Years & Males 19-20+ Years
High Performance Programs: Highest level of competition programs. Establish and maintain a program that will lead to success at the international level. National Team & National Ringette League.

I AM Ringette – Active for Life, Enter at any age
To enjoy lifelong physical activity. To be flexible in approach to assist all athletes. To provide integrated programs for athletes with a disability. To encourage involvement and contributions to sport. Coaching · Officiating · Volunteer · Administrator.

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For more Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) resources designed especially for parents and coaches, click here.

U9 to U12 Handbook

Designed to provide a detailed outline of the U9, U10 and U12 divisions in ringette. Download the guide here.

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