Medicine Hat Little League (MHLL) is excited to announce we are following in the footsteps of every national sports organization within Canada towards aligning with the world-renowned LTAD - Long Term Athletic Development Model. LTAD is a logical (evidence) based approach that aims to encourage lifelong wellness and promote optimal performances for players, particularly in the growth and development years.
The key reasons for our organization to start moving towards this model are:
In 2018 MHLL will start a pilot project in the Kid Pitch 8 & 9 division. This particular division is very fortunate to have a very high caliber of coaches and we believe this is the ideal division to test this program. This program will focus on 70% development time, 30% modified gameplay. Our coaches will focus on developing fundamental movement and general baseball skills within a modified game structure that will transition into regular full games within the season.
This model is a fluid program model that can be adapted/modified to suit the coaches and players needs. Steven Russell, a Director with MHLL and who is responsible for Coach & Player Development, is excited about the pilot stating “This change is an athlete-centered approach vs. coach/parent approach. Programs that focus their development in this way are seeing a great return. We look forward to seeing our coaches in Kid Pitch 8 & 9 work on this new approach and provide feedback at the end of the season”.
The values of Little League Alberta are strong social skills, self-discipline, positive attitude, teamwork, endurance, dignity, commitment, dedication, ambition and friendly competition. With the pilot project for Kid Pitch 8 & 9, Medicine Hat Little League is connecting directly with Little League Alberta’s value system.