Broomball in Canada is thriving, with steady growth evident across the country. Progressive broomball introduces new participants and young children in a systematic way using age- and skill-appropriate modified teaching systems. At the grassroots level, our strategy of developing provincial and national partnerships to ensure broomball is meeting and addressing community needs is also growing our game.
Along with teamwork, broomball teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.
Broomball’s Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model consists of six stages.
- FUNdamentals (first year beginner player) – Teaches the skills required to play the game, taking into consideration the biological age of the participants.
- Learn to Train (second and third year intermediate player) – Acquires the ability to combine technical skills within a basic tactical framework.
- Train to Train (fourth and fifth year advanced player, four to five years experience) – Develops and refines broomball tactics with the introduction of physical and mental preparation to play the game effectively.
- Train to Compete / Train to Win (elite player with six years of experience or more) – Refines and perfects the skills, tactics and fitness to play broomball.
- Broomball for Life (any age) – Encourages players to stay in the game, whether competitively or recreationally, for life.
Broomball Canada LTAD
The LTAD model has been developed to ensure Canadians have a clear understanding of the six stages of development and provides the reader with information on the key components of the broomball sport system.
This pathway includes a stage-by-stage approach for individuals participating in sport for health, fitness and fun, as well as for high performance sport.
Broomball For Fun (BF2) focuses on the FUNdamentals and aims to introduce young Canadians to the basics of this good-natured sport.
Broomball to Compete, which will target the Learn to Train stage, is in development.
Canadian Broomball Federation – broomball.ca