Long-Term Player Development

The Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) model is an approach designed to maximize each participant’s potential and involvement in the sport of squash. The LTPD framework helps players reach their full potential by defining optimal training, competition and recovery throughout their careers. At the same time, it helps them to pursue lifelong participation in all healthy activities.

"Beyond the Nick"

Beyond the Nick“Beyond the Nick” is squash's adaptation of Canadian Sport for Life, a movement to increase the profile of sport in Canadian society. It recognizes the importance of sport from childhood through adulthood, and promotes healthy development by teaching physical skills that will help achieve healthy, life-long sporting success.

For more details visit: www.canadiansportforlife.ca


Today, Canadian squash is thriving. Tens of thousands of recreational players enjoy the sport across the country and dozens of high performance athletes successfully compete in the international arena. But what about tomorrow? LTPD is about securing our place in the game long into the future, at the recreational level and in the high performance ranks.


LTPD identifies seven basic stages in player development from childhood to adulthood based on the physical, mental, emotional and social maturation of the individual.

  • Active Start for males and females from 0-6 years of age
  • FUNdamentals for males 6–9 and females from 6–8 (1–2 training years)
  • Learning to Train for males 9–12 and females from 8–11 (2–3 training years)
  • Training to Train (growth rate dependent) for males 12–16 and females from 11–15 (3–6 training years)
  • Training to Compete males approximately 16–23+/females 15–21+/(5–8 training years)
  • Training to Win for males 19 +/females 18 +/(8–10 training years)
  • Active for Life – entry at any level

Each stage specifies proper formats for game play, preferred training methods and targets for the player.

The Importance of "Beyond the Nick"

The introduction of LTPD is an important leap forward. Guidelines for training, competition and recovery are based on the science of human maturation and proven best practices in coaching. LTPD is positioned to promote physical literacy and the growth of squash in Canada. It will help our sport to thrive by encouraging participation by all Canadians across the country. In the coming decades, it will also help Canadian players consistently reach the podium at international competition.

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