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LTPD Pathway
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Game Demands
Conditioning for Rugby
Periodisation in Rugby

Long Term Player Development Pathway and key principles


The Long Term Player Development Pathway was originally proposed and introduced, not only to Rugby but also to other sports, through the work and influence of Dr Istvan Balyi of Canada’s National Coaching Institute during the 1990s. Today, the model proposed by Balyi and colleagues has become the template for guiding coaches and administrators in developing the technical, tactical and physical competencies to better prepare players for the game (Balyi et al, 2005). The template is not a rigid prescriptive model, but rather it can be viewed as a template and set of guidelines that emphasises at all times the importance of a player-centred approach. It also provides us with a pathway for developing the child, the young player and then the adult player through a series of stages. The model is based on a set of 10 key principles (Balyi et al, 2005). They are illustrated in Figure 3 below.

Figure 3: The 10 key principles underpinning the Long Term Player Development Pathway
(from Balyi et al, 2005)