Athlete Development

Long Term Athlete Development

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 Development (LTD) 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 Development Framework.

Click HERE for Racquetball Canada’s Athlete Development Framework.

Athlete Development Matrix

The Racquetball Canada Athlete Development Matrix provides a foundation and structure for the creation and review of athlete and sport development programs. The matrix was developed through the review of the skill set of an idea racquetball player with careful consideration given to the gaps that exist in the Canadian system. The document should serve as an aid to Racquetball Canada in the review of training and competition systems as well as testing protocols and screening practices.

The matrix provides a breakdown of skills and attributes in the following areas for each of the stages in the Racquetball Canada Athlete Development pathway.

  • Physiological attributes
  • Technical skills
  • Tactical skills
  • Psychological skills
  • Life skills

Click here to download Racquetball Canada’s Athlete Development Matrix

Junior Development

Development Grants

Racquetball Canada has grants available to support the development of racquetball in Canada. Grants may be made to help programs promoting racquetball participation by Women, Indigenous People, Athletes With a Disability, as well as youth and young adults.

Check out the Development Grant application to see if the program you are planning qualifies for a Racquetball Canada grant.  The deadline for applications is October 15 annually.  

Questions about this program can be directed to Racquetball Canada’s Executive Director

Development Centres

Racquetball Canada supports Training and Development Centres across Canada to  develop future elite players.

Development Centres are the stepping stone for the junior athletes that have hopes and desires to achieve a spot on the Junior National Team or the National Team.

The centres are a crucial part of Racquetball Canada’s development plan for  athletes and  provide a stepping stone for athletes as well as coaches who are scouting up and coming athletes for the future  Team Canada.

Questions about this program can be directed to Racquetball Canada’s Executive Director.


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