CBMSA strongly believes that the strength of player development is directly linked to those who influence the players; the coaches are the foundation. Coaches are instructors, teachers, mentors and role models, who have the responsibility to cater to the soccer needs of the player first. Coaches should have unified goals, objectives, and programs.
For coach and player development, CBMSA follows the recommendations of the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Soccer Association (NLSA) through the Long Term Player Development (LTPD) and Coach Education Model.
Experts in sport science have identified seven stages of development - each with it's own physical and psychological characteristics - that form the basis for LTPD. When young soccer players are able to train and compete in an environment that's appropriate to their stage of development, they not only perform at their best, they also have more fun.
The Canada Soccer Pathway is a roadmap for players built around the principles of LTPD. The image to the right illustrates the Pathway (click image for larger version). More details can be obtained by visiting the CSA Canada Soccer Pathway site.
Coach Education Model
A two-streamed Coach Education Model has been tailored to meet the requirements of the LTPD model. The streams through which a coach can enter and/or advance are: