The Canadian Amateur Softball Association, commonly known as Softball Canada, has been around since 1951. Softball Canada`s National Teams Program is recognized as one of the worldwide leaders in the sport of softball. Canada is considered a medal threat in all four major International categories, including Senior Women, Senior Men, Junior Women and Junior Men. And through the implementation of the Long-Term Player Development (LTAD) model, our players and teams are only going to get better.
Along with teamwork, softball teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.
Softball’s LTPD model consists of eight stages.
- Active Start (M, F 0-6) – Introduces fundamental movement skills through physical activity and play.
- FUNdamentals (M 6-9, F 6-8) – Establishes further development of fundamental movement skills and lays a general foundation of physical capacities.
- Learn to Train (M 9-12, F 8-11) – Focuses on developing softball-specific skills, ensuring an appropriate level of fun.
- Train to Train (M 12-16, F 11-15) – Develops physical capacities and softball skills while adding the competitive aspects of the game.
- Train to Compete (M 16-23+/-, F 15-21+/-) – Consolidates softball skills and further develops fitness through position-specific training.
- Learn & Train to Win (M, F 19+) – Shifts toward true high performance, including an increased focus on individualized training and performance results at competitions.
- Live to Win (M 23+, F 19+) – Emphasizes performance results and international excellence.
- Active for Life (M, F all ages) – Encourages players to remain in the game, either competitively or recreationally, for life.
LTPD Guide for Softball in Canada
This document helps to ensure that player development and program delivery are aligned across the country, at all levels, and for all ages.
The Learn to Play Program address the FUNdamentals, Learn to Train and Train to Train stages. Activities that foster the involvement of ALL players, including players with high and low skill levels, are included.
CANpitch is Softball Canada’s national pitching program and covers the FUNdamentals, Learn to Train, Train to Train and Train to Compete stages. It provides a standardized curriculum based on Softball Canada’s LTPD framework to introduce and develop the skill of windmill pitching to children and youth.
Softball Canada – softball.ca