Athlete Development Programs

Northern Ontario lead Sarah Potts in draw five action at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the Canadian Womens Curling Championships, Grande Praire, Alberta

LTAD Implementation

As the Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) for Curling in Ontario, the Ontario Curling Council (OCC) is responsible for the implementation of programming for athletes, coaches and officials.  The OCC, and its members, the Northern Ontario Curling Association (NOCA) and the Ontario Curling Association (OCA) work together to deliver a wide spectrum of programs, services and competitions to athletes at all ages and stages of the Long Term Athlete Development Model (LTAD).

The LTAD, a development pathway for both the recreational and competitive curlers, prescribes age/stage appropriate activities at all levels of the model.  It is impossible for one service provider to deliver all programs and services within the model.  The framework relies heavily on local clubs to provide development opportunities and places for curlers to play recreationally, and a daily training environment for competitive curlers.

The OCA, NOCA and the OCC are responsible for provision of meaningful, age/stage appropriate competitions, and programs to support the development of athletes so that any curler with aspirations of podium performances will receive the correct interventions at the right time of their development.

Curling’s LTAD – “Curling for Life” – is a framework, produced by Curling Canada, to ensure nation-wide standardization in the development of curling athletes and recreational players. In Ontario, the Ontario Curling Council is committed to ensuring that we are leaders in the implementation of LTAD programming as recommended by Curling Canada, and to ensure that every curler, no matter what age, stage, or ability, has a positive experience within the sport.

The document at right is a comprehensive guide to the LTAD age/stage appropriate programming offered within the province of Ontario, focusing particularly on the programs, competitions and services offered by the OCC and its member associations, the OCA and NOCA.

LTAD Implementation

OCC Strategic Priorities for Athletes

Participation
  • Create Opportunities for Ontarians to Curl – teach clubs how to recruit and retain new members (inclusive of youth, families and New Canadians), be a leading PSO in the development of Curling Canada’s “Youth Feeder System”, deliver a successful Adult Learn to Curl Program implementation.
Development/Excellence
  • Talent Identification – refine training and talent ID protocols for the Learning to Train, Training to Train, and Training to Compete stages, establishing metrics for the Gold Medal Profile;
  • Programming – provide more opportunities for athletes to develop, especially Learning to Train, Training to Train and Para athletes;
  • Competition – meaningful, LTAD-aligned, fair, innovative, and winning.
Athlete Development
  • Gain entry into the Ontario High-Performance Sport Initiative (OHPSI);
  • Support athletes in their daily training environment;
  • Enhance programming and services for Training to Compete and Training to Win athletes in Ontario; and
  • Ensure continuous development of technical leaders/program administrators and coaches.

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