Coaching Resources and Communications 

Beyond NCCP courses, there are numerous coaching resources and communications for coaches of all levels. 

The Canadian Sport For Life Movement published the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model. Developed by Canada’s sport leaders, the model describes what kids should be doing at specific ages and stages in their development.

Long Term Athlete Development Plan for Gymnastics

Together with Gymnastics Canada and the other provincial associations, Gymnastics BC has customized and adopted the LTAD for gymnastics.

The LTAD is a model for development in physical activity and sport to provide a safe, enjoyable and progressive pathway for children and youth to pursue healthy physical activity along with a pathway to excellence.

The age of the participant in each stage will vary with the gymnastic discipline.  Generally speaking, rhythmic and women’s artistic gymnastics will have the youngest athletes, while men’s artistic, aerobic, and trampoline gymnastics will have slightly older athletes.

In all cases, there is an overlap of ages between each stage, which reflects the need to recognize individually varied rates of growth and maturation.

Eight stages

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LTAD Stage

Female ages

Male ages

Stage 1:  Active Start

0 to 6 years

0 to 6 years

Stage 2: Fun, Fitness and Fundamental Movement Patterns

6 to 8 years

6 to 8-9 years

Stage 3: Building the Skills of Gymnastics

7 to 9 years

9 to 10 years

Stage 4: Specialization in a Gym Discipline

9 to 11 years

10 to 12 years

Stage 5: Becoming a Consistent Competitor

10-11 to 13 years

12 to 15 years

Stage 6: Winning at All Levels

13-14 to 18 years

15 to 18 years

Stage 7: International Excellence and Podium Performances

16+ years

18+ years

Stage 8: Gymnastics for Life / Active for Life

any age

any age


Long Term Athlete Development Information for Parents

A Sport Parent’s Guide

Long Term Athlete Development Plan – Gymnastics

Canadian Sport for Life LTAD

Coaching Inquiries

Email: Coach & Judge Development Coordinator