Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) is a program for soccer player development, training, competition, and recovery based on biological age and physical maturity rather than chronological age. It is player centred, coach driven, and administration, Sport Science, and sponsor supported.
LTPD eliminates gaps in the player development system and guides planning for optimal athlete performance at all stages. It provides a framework for program alignment and integration, from volunteer club coaches to national and professional teams, LTPD follows scientific principles and practical coaching experiences.
Byron has employed the LTPD philosophy in our house league program for over five years. Size of the ball, number of players on the field and no scores and standings are all ways that the environment is tailored to provide players with fun, positive and developmental opportunities in the game of soccer.
LTPD Is about putting the player first and offering age-appropriate opportunities for kids to enjoy the game of soccer. Making the game fun is key in teaching and coaching so that players will continue in the game and may even coach or referee as they get older.
Please visit Ontario Soccer's website at http://www.ontariosoccer.net/player-ltpd.