FUNdamentals: Shuttle Time

Learn to Train: Shuttle Time

In Canada, badminton is a popular recreational sport played at all levels, from elementary schools to private clubs. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians play the sport in one form or another. Although this large participant base hasn’t translated to much international success yet, Badminton Canada has now adopted a Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) plan based on Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) principles. This will help develop a more physically active nation and more future badminton athletes.

Along with teamwork, badminton teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.

Badminton’s LTAD model consists of eight stages.

  • Active Start (M, F 0-6) – Teaches fundamental movements and makes physical activity a fun, daily routine.
  • FUNdamentals (M 6-9, F 6-8) – Begins teaching the ABCs and overall skill development, including badminton-specific skills.
  • Learn to Train (M 9-12, F 8-11) – Develops fundamental badminton skills and physical literacy.
  • Train to Train (M 12-16, F 11-15) – Focuses on major fitness development with an emphasis on aerobic development at the onset of the growth spurt.
  • Train to Compete (M 16-19, F 15-18) – Enhances performance based on the discipline preference (singles, doubles or mixed) of the individual.
  • Learn to Win (M 19-23, F 18-21) – Refines previously developed capacities and heightens experience and confidence in national and international competitions.
  • Train to Win (M 23+, F 21+) – Maximizes all previously established capacities, thereby maximizing performance.
  • Active for Life (M, F any age) – Transitions high performance athletes into a participation role and encourages everyone – whether competitive or recreational athletes – to remain active for life.

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