Player Support LTPD L-T-P-D
Canada Soccer's Wellness to World Cup Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) model is designed to optimize Canadian excellence and lifelong wellness through soccer, and in the North Toronto Soccer Club we aim to realize this holistic approach.
To accomplish this various elements are required but the priority at NTSC will be coach selection and development. The need for age appropriate coaching is paramount to succeed in helping young players realise their potential in not only soccer but in life. Soccer and sport are powerful tools in preparing our youth for life and coaches hold an important role in that journey so finding and developing coaches must be priority.
Team Managers play a vital role in all competitive teams. Currently team managers attend a meeting once a year to discuss policy and role. To support players, Managers need better backing and a better provision of tools to complete their role in a timely fashion as per volunteers' schedules.
There are three prongs to a complete team - coaches/managers, players and parents. The integration of parents to the team dynamic is vital with clear communication lines needed between parents, managers, coaches and the Club.
Goalkeeper specific practices will continue, providing professional training to our up and coming keepers.
Fitness coaching has been introduced to aid in the movement, strength and conditioning development of players with injury prevention and player longevity central to continued improvement of this program.
NTSC have paired with Totum Life Science during our Trillium grant proposal to enhance our competitive program in the topics of physical medicine, high performance, injury prevention and sport nutrition.
Teams will be required to have at least one designated First Aider. Each Age Group Head Coach will be mandated to hold a current First Aid certificate with Managers and Team Assistant Coaches also recommended as the First Aid designate due to their regular attendance at practices and games.
Player Progress Scorecard
In forming the core evaluating component of the program, the Player Progress Scorecard will be used by all coaches as they complete their mandatory team evaluation reports. Encompassing a series of assessment markers including the observation of technical competence, tactical astuteness, physical conditioning, psychological and social literacy, the scorecard model is designed as a standardized, coach-friendly assessment tool which shall be completed on each player in the program on 3 separate occasions throughout the competitive season. The data derived from the individual scorecards will subsequently be compiled along a team and age group continuum, allowing the club administration to not only understand the extent of progress across specific age groups, but also the capacity to compare and contrast within age-groups and to previous years. Such statistical data will then be analysed, processed and feedback will be provided to each technical staff member detailing results and recommendations on their respective programs and coaching plans.
The data elicited from the ‘Player Progress Scorecards’ shall be used in the following ways: (a) to identify areas of individual and collective (team) strength and weakness across each rep level team in the competitive program (b) to form part of NTSC’s commitment to OBSERVATION, EVALUATION and EDUCATION in the competitive level coaching structure. (c) to provide detailed statistical and qualitative feedback to all technical coaching staff, facilitating their ongoing re-generation of coaching plans. (d) to assist the Club Head Coach and General Manager in monitoring, evaluating and ensuring adequate coach education programs are provided to address the ongoing need for coach development.
The Player Progress Scorecard is designed as a development tool based on each individual player to realise their potential. Scorecards will be provided to parents in line with a performance profile completed by each player as a motivational tool with the aim of progressing their score between each report.