Cricket Canada’s Long Term Athlete Development Model
Cricket Canada’s LTAD programmes are as follows:-
The LTAD model is predicated on the idea that each participant’s stage of physiological, mental/ cognitive, and emotional development must be identified and taken into account when developing his or her optimal training, competition and recovery program.
There are a few challenges facing the sport of cricket which if not dealt with can hinder the players from reaching their full potential. We must find ways of integrating the Cricket Canada Schools Program with the grassroots community programs. Challenges such as funding, communication, recruitment and retention of talented players must be dealt with.
Coaching needs to be improved and all coaches must be recognized whether voluntary or compensated. Currently the coaching programs for kids and adults are identical and these programs should be revised so as to re ect the distinct differences between these two groups.
Other areas that need to be addressed and improved include selection, competition structure, organizational structure and the issue of over-competing and under training. There must also be a clear policy on the support for women’s cricket.
Cricket Canada would like to obtain full member status within the International Cricket Council. It is also important that a national academy system is established.
Cricket Canada will formulate long term relationships with schools, universities, youth centres, camps, etc. A high school and university championship will be created, and we will also initiate female leagues in each province leading to a provincial championship.
Our players need to improve their output and become more consistent run scorers and wicket takers in order to be in the top twenty batting and bowling in the ICC associates rankings. Eventually this should lead to being on the ICC full ranking.
With regard to development, the Long-Term Athlete Development, Long-Term Coaching Development and National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) should all be aligned. Each province should have coaching coordinators. Long Term Official Development should be established.
Canada should have an established structured competition system for all levels including schools, universities, clubs/leagues, provinces and nationally.
The philosophy behind Long-Term Athlete Development indicates that 8-12 years of training and practice are necessary before a player reaches the elite level (Bloom, 1985; Ericsson et al., 1993; Ericsson and Charness 1994), and that success is attained via thorough basic skill acquisition, combined with thorough long term training, practicing and competing, as opposed to focusing solely on winning in the short term.There is no short cut to success in player preparation!
The LTCD model not only provides the rational justification for enhancing our current system but also provides some of the solutions that may be applied to tackle the weaknesses identified earlier. Successful talent development involves looking beyond the short-term and planning for the future. This is a major challenge for our sport.
The process of improving our current structures is continuous and educating the people involved is a challenging task. We will however establish the best way to effectively implement the change and have a proper communication pathway plan in place to ensure that the system is beneficial to all involved.