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May 22, 2013

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Coach and Organization Benefits

Coach's Benefits:

  • Canada Basketball and Coaching Association of Canada sanctioned educational opportunities through the new NCCP Community Coach model and curriculum.
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Coaching CD Workbook - LTAD focused curriculum with sample drills, lesson plans, teaching tips, modified rules, checklists, etc.
  • Steve Nash Youth Basketball Coach's T-Shirt
  • Canada Basketball Fox 40 Whistle
  • Insurance Coverage
  • National Membership including access to coaching/athlete development resources, videos, news, instruction, retail discounts, contests, etc.
  • Provincial Sporting Organization membership.

Local Organization Benefits:

  • Endorsement and affiliation with Steve Nash, Canada Basketball, Provincial/Territorial Federations, and Sport Canada.
  • Use of Steve Nash images and brand to communicate his values and commitment.
  • A comprehensive national and provincial marketing campaign and advertising strategy that will assist in the promotion and recruitment of participants and coaches for the program.
  • A step-by-step Steve Nash Youth Basketball operations guide that outlines the program philosophy, guidelines and procedures, recommended rules and methods of operations that will assist in the implementation of the program in the community.
  • Emphasis on coaching development with a platform that will introduce all coaches to the new NCCP curriculum and certification.
  • Integration of your organization with national and provincial programming.

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National Coaching Certification Program

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Canada Basketball's NCCP Coach Education Model

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Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) is a movement to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. CS4L links sport, education, recreation and health and aligns community, provincial and national programming. LTAD is a seven-stage training, competition and recovery pathway guiding an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity from infancy through all phases of adulthood. CS4L, with LTAD, represents a paradigm shift in the way Canadians lead and deliver sport and physical activity in Canada.

Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is the CS4L pathway for developing top-rank athletes and increasing overall participation in sport and physical activity. It includes guidelines for training, competition and recovery based on principles of human development and maturation.

LTAD considers the best interests of the athlete, not the goals of coaches or parents who might simply want to win at all costs. LTAD is built on sport science and best practices in coaching from around the world, and it follows 10 Key Factors that influence how athletes train and compete effectively. Coaches stand at the forefront of delivering programs that respect the principles and science of LTAD.

Application of LTAD

The Canada Basketball Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model is based on the Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L) resource paper, which was developed by Canadian world leaders in the area of child and sport development. The model is an athlete centered, coach driven and administration, sport science, and partners supported program. It integrates elite, community, and scholastic sport, athletes with a disability, physical education and the general health of the nation.

Canada basketball and Steve Nash Youth Basketball fully adopts and endorses the concept of the LTAD as it provides the basis on which the future development of athletes is planned and implemented. The main principle behind Steve Nash Youth Basketball is built around the FUNdamentals and Learn to Train stages, as well as the 10 key factors of the LTAD, with the goal to ensure young athletes experience both optimal developments in basketball while maintaining lifelong retention in physical activity for improved wellness.

Long Term Athlete Development is a progressive pathway of development that recognizes the distinct stages of physical, mental, cognitive, and emotional development in young athletes.


  • Ensures physical literacy in all children upon which excellence can be built.
  • Ensures that optimal training, competition, and recovery program are based on biological development and maturation versus chronological age (i.e. although young athletes may be the same age, their bodies are at very different levels of development.
  • Is athlete-centered and coach-driven.
  • Is designed according to sport science to allow equal opportunity for recreation and competition based on the stages of an athlete's development.
  • Encourages healthy, lifelong activity and wellness, while providing a training path for those who choose high performance competition.
  • Is 'Made in Canada', recognizing international best practices, research, and normative data.

The overall aim of SNYB as it relates to the LTAD is twofold. It allows participants to find fun, fitness, social interaction, and self-fulfillment in an all-inclusive environment through the Steve Nash Youth Basketball program. It also helps children build confidence and positive self-esteem while enjoying being physically active and having FUN!

LTAD Stages

LTAD Stages provide a clear path to better sport, greater health, and higher achievement.

Children, youth and adults need to do the right things at the right time to develop in their sport or activity – whether they want to be hockey players, dancers, figure skaters or gymnasts. Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) describes the things athletes need to be doing at specific ages and stages.

Science, research and decades of experience all point to the same thing: kids and adults will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right times. This is the logic behind the Long-Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

There are seven stages within the basic LTAD model:

  • Stage 1: Active Start (0-6 years)
  • Stage 2: FUNdamental (girls 6-8, boys 6-9)
  • Stage 3: Learn to Train (girls 8-11, boys 9-12)
  • Stage 4: Train to Train (girls 11-15, boys 12-16)
  • Stage 5: Train to Compete (girls 15-21, boys 16-23)
  • Stage 6: Train to Win (girls 18+, boys 19+)
  • Stage 7: Active for Life (any age participant)

Stages 1, 2 and 3 develop physical literacy before puberty so children have the basic skills to be active for life. Physical literacy also provides the foundation for those who choose to pursue elite training in one sport or activity after age 12.  

Stages 4, 5 and 6 provide elite training for those who want to specialize in one sport and compete at the highest level, maximizing the physical, mental and emotional development of each athlete.

Stage 7 is about staying Active for Life through lifelong participation in competitive or recreational sport or physical activity.

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