L.T.D.P Info (Ontario Nationals Baseball Club)

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ONTARIO NATIONALS PLAYER CENTERED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

FOLLOWING THE BASEBALL CANADA LTDP

 

 

The Ontario Nationals are adapting the Long-term Athlete Development Program authored by Baseball Canada. We will be calling it “Player Centered Development.”  It has always been the mission of the Ontario Nationals to provide the absolute best in player development.  The Nationals believe implementing a program designed by Baseball Canada is the best way to help young baseball players become ready for the College or Professional Baseball.  We, The Nationals, believe at younger ages premature competition does not help an athlete, but training and regular repetition will help.

When an Ontario National athlete graduates from his final year at 18u he will be fully prepared for College/University baseball or the professional ranks. The player is fundamentally sound in all technical aspects of the game; throwing, fielding, running and hitting. He will be highly experienced in top level competition, will have composure to deal with adversity, will be mentally strong and able to adjust to and learn from failure.  Teaching each player that he has control over his own career through the understanding that consistent improvement is necessary to reach the highest level of baseball is the most important aspect of the development program. 

So what does this mean for National’s players?  We will be focused on implementing the following stages to our youth development program, starting with our youngest age group U12:

 

STAGE ONE: LEARNING THE GAME 10U – 12U

 

  • Learning the game and fundamentals

  • Training fundamentals such as hitting, throwing, running, fielding, etc.

  • Enjoying all aspects of training and competition

  • Players play all positions, all players will pitch

  • Age based pitch counts

  • 70% training to 30% competition ratio

  • Focus on fun, skill development and training

 

 

 

STAGE TWO: GOAL SETTING 13U-15U

 

  • Advanced fundamental training

  • Position specific training, i.e. Pitching, Infield, Outfield, etc.

  • Goal setting, coping with success and failure

  • Introduction of strength and speed training

  • Focusing on 2-3 positions

  • Emphasis on competing as a team and not just an individual

  • 60% training to 40% competition ratio

 

STAGE THREE: LEARN TO COMPETE 16U – 18U

 

  • Refinement of skills/ position specific skills

  • Full strength and speed training programs

  • Playing highest level competition

  • Focus on discipline, accountability, confidence, will to win and mental toughness

  • Showcasing/promotion to higher levels

  • 40% training to 60% competition ratio

 

*please note the following information is taken directly from the Baesball Canada LTDP 

“The 10 “S’s” related to sports training and practice:

Stamina, Speed, Skill, Strength, Suppleness, Structure/Stature, Psychology, Sustenance, Schooling (Stress), Socio-cultural.

 

Long-term development encourages players to enjoy the game and improve performances. This program for young athletes is designed to promote lifelong enjoyment of athletic activity, provide a structured player development pathway, describe best practices for elite players and create long-term excellence.

                                                                                                                                      

 

 

 

The 10-year rule. Scientific research has determined that it takes at least 10 years and 10,000 hours of training for athletes in any sport to reach elite performance. Research has also shown that baseball players reach their peak as an athlete at 27 years of age.

The key components impacting LTAD for Baseball in Canada can be broadly categorized under: player development, coaching, leadership and organization, competition and facilities.

It is not easy to implement this program. It will take patience to educate parents, coaches and players. This system has always been in place for Baseball Canada but the value has not been put in place yet or followed by any elite program. Baseball Canada has a vision and the Ontario Nationals baseball organization will now implement it for the first time.

Here is another chart below that shows that the high risk of elite achievement is seen as a higher priority than lifelong wellness for young baseball players: