Long-Term Athlete Development Mini-Summits

Sport for Life Long-Term Athlete Development Mini-Summits are part of a Learning Series that are an excellent way to educate, motivate and inspire action amongst individuals from sport or the community at large. Each Mini-Summit has been carefully crafted to activate quality sport and physical activity delivery highlighting best practices, research and experience of our Sport for Life Experts & Leadership Group. 

Our Long-Term Athlete Development Mini-Summits are designed for coaches, NSO & P/TSO Leaders, members of the health, recreation or education sectors and more!

To host a Long-Term Athlete Development Mini-Summit, fill out this online form to get started!


LTAD Mini-Summits

Long-Term Athlete Development: An Introduction (half day) 

Periodization (half day) 

Competition Review and Restructuring for Sport Organizations - An Introduction (half-day)

Sport for Life - Long-Term Athlete Development Activation (half-day)

Developing and using the Athlete Development Matrix (half-day)

Are We There Yet? A GPS for Sport for Life - Long-Term Athlete Development (half-day)

Building the Train to Train Adolescent Athlete (half-day)

Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway (full-day)*

Workshops and Descriptions

Cost for full-day workshop: $900 (+ tax & expenses)

Cost for half-day workshop: $600 (+ tax & expenses)

*The Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway Workshop is $1500 (+ tax & expenses) as it requires 2 facilitators.


Long-Term Athlete Development: An Introduction (half day)

Whether you’re involved in the sport, recreation, health or education sector, you can help to integrate the Long-Term Athlete Development Framework across Canada. Long-Term Athlete Development is a multi-stage training, competition and recovery pathway that guides an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. This Mini-Summit will provide you with background on the 10 Key Factors behind LTAD, the 10 S’s of training and performance, and the seven stages of Long-Term Athlete Development, as well as outlining the key outcomes, values and principles of the Sport for Life movement. Participants will gain a broader understanding of Sport for life - Long-Term Athlete Development, and will learn how embracing this movement will lead to improved quality of sport and physical literacy across Canada.


Periodization (half day)

Simply put, periodization is time management. As a planning technique, it provides the framework for arranging the complex array of training processes (skill development, strength training, regeneration) into a logical schedule to bring about optimal improvements in performance. Participants in this Mini-Summit will be introduced to the principles of contemporary periodization. “What is periodization?” will be analyzed and discussed and a step-by-step approach to plan and quantify an annual training, competition and recovery program will be explored to teach participants "how to periodize". The concept of cycles within cycles will also be introduced, analyzed and discussed, along with tapering and peaking strategies. Participants will leave with a better understanding of what periodization is and how to periodize their training programs.


Competition Review and Restructuring for Sport Organizations - An Introduction (half-day)

This half-day Mini-Summit is perfect for Sport Leaders at the local, provincial or national levels who are just getting started with their competition review and restructuring. Participants will be introduced to reasoning as to why competition restructuring is important for athlete development. This will include discussions about key concepts, including using developmentally appropriate and meaningful competition as a lens to examine competition in sport. The use of a “reality check scorecard” will provide a framework for all sport leaders to gauge their current competition structures. This session is intended to provide Sport Leaders with the knowledge and tools required to begin integrating Long-term Athlete Development into their competition structures, which will contribute to a quality sport experience for sport participants.


Competition Review & Restructuring - Advanced (full-day)

Advanced Competition Review & Restructuring is available in a full-day format for NSO workgroups that are already in place and ready to get to work.  Groups must be familiar with the Competition Review project, and at least on group member must have attended a half-day Competition Review & Restructuring Mini-Summit already. 

This workshop will focus on the application of Competition Review tools and will explain how to use them effectively within the NSO context. There will be many opportunities to work closely with the Mini-Summit Leader in areas such as data gathering and analysis, the relationship between the Skills Matrix and Competition Restructuring, and methods of identifying performance gaps in the athlete development pathway. By the end of the Mini-Summit the group will have a focused project plan with in-depth understanding of the work to be done at each phase of the Competition Review & Restructuring project.


  • A fully formed NSO workgroup is in place and ready to work
  • At least one member of the group attending this session has also attended Competition Review & Restructuring (half-day).


Sport for Life - Long-Term Athlete Development Activation (half-day)

This Mini-Summit focuses on advancing the Sport for Life - Long-Term Athlete Development work from concept to activation within your own organization. You will examine research, tools and templates needed to assess your organization’s Long-Term Athlete Development readiness and explore strategies for integrating Long-Term Athlete Development within your organizational planning and operations. This Mini-Summit aims to guide you in developing your integration strategy and action plan needed to activate Long-Term Athlete Development priorities and maximize quality sport delivery -  PLAN, PREPARE, and ACT!



Developing and Using the Athlete Development Matrix (half-day)

This Mini-Summit will have two points of emphasis, depending on how advanced the participating sports are with their Long-Term Athlete Development Models. Most sports, through the process of creating their sport-specific Long-Term Athlete Development Model, have developed a comprehensive ‘skills matrix’ detailing the capabilities required for athletes at each stage. For those sports, the session will review their athlete development matrix and then will focus on identifying how to measure or assess the skills. This will allow NSOs to guide and align programs, competition and coach training. Emphasis will be placed on determining when athletes have acquired and mastered skills and are ready to move to the next stage. For the sports whose skills matrix is not comprehensively completed, the discussion will revolve around determining the details required or identifying the information needed to complete the skills matrix. Please note: for the context of our discussion, ‘skills’ include physical, technical, tactical (including decision making), mental, emotional, social, and life skills.



Are We There Yet? A GPS for Sport for Life - Long-Term Athlete Development (half-day)

This Mini-Summit will explore ways sports can monitor Long-Term Athlete Development implementation at the national, provincial/territorial and community levels. Participants will learn how to use the Sport for Life "scorecard" to measure success factors, track progress and better understand current government funding models.  We will discuss how planning, "logic models" and evaluation can guide Long-Term Athlete Development planning.



Building the Train to Train Adolescent Athlete (half-day)

The Train to Train stage is typically associated with the adolescent athlete and is a critical time for athlete development. The adolescent athlete’s life is full of competing priorities, such as school, school sports, multiple sports participation, social life, and work. During this stage they also begin going through puberty, which is a great challenge alone. Leaders in the Canadian Sport System have the ability to identify, modify, influence and manipulate elements in the system to promote developmentally appropriate training, competition and recovery programsto enhance optimal athlete preparation.

The focus of this Mini-Summit is to identify and highlight sport system issues that impact the preparation of the adolescent athlete, and to provide sport leaders with strategies to adapt processes and fixtures to reinforce optimal periodization for adolescent/pubertal athletes, while considering the 10 Key Factors and the 10 S's of Long-Term Athlete Development. This Mini-Summit is intended for provincial and national sport organization representatives. 


  • Strong working knowledge of sport-specific Long-Term Athlete Development
  • Have a strong understanding of the influences on the adolescent Train to Train athletes

Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway (full-day)

The Aboriginal Long-Term Participant Development Pathway workshop is designed to help sport and physical activity organizations across Canada enhance their understanding about how to support Aboriginal participants and athletes in their programming. The workshop will spend time developing an appreciation of Aboriginal culture, and how that culture plays out in terms of engagement and sustained participation through the sport system. It will outline the key elements that need to be considered when planning, developing and implementing programs for and with Aboriginal peoples and communities, including a focus on supporting the physical, mental, spiritual and cultural needs of the individual to maximize their experience in sport and physical activity. The workshop will focus on how we can adjust the competition pathway and some of the policies within the system to ensure that we create a clearer pathway for Aboriginal participants and athletes.