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.
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Stage 1: Active Start
0 to 6 years
0 to 6 years
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
- CAC | Coaching Association of Canada
- Coaches ViaSport
- GCG | Gymnastics Canada Coaching
- GymCan – Transfer of Qualifications
- Making Head Way: NCCP eLearning module
- Concussion Awareness Training Tool
- Concussion guidelines for coaches and trainers
Strength and Conditioning by Heather Ramsbottom, Performance Institute
- Robyn Crowe: Preschool coaching