LTAD Testing

UPDATED as of Nov 22, 2017

Please find below information pertaining to Ontario’s 2017-18 LTAD Testing Requirements.

Please direct any questions regarding  LTAD testing to Rachel Klein at [email protected]

 

2017-18 LTAD Overview:

Synchro Swim Ontario will be continuing to test LTAD skills during the 2017-18 as per Synchro Canada guidelines.

Ontario has determined not to test LTAD skills during competitive events, and will instead continue to allow Clubs to conduct their own testing and submit the data to SSO. Submission of LTAD data is mandatory as per SSO Rulebook 3.1.5.

 

Athletes to be Tested:

LTAD testing submissions will be mandatory for all Competitive athletes (Provincial & National stream) aged 9 to 20 years as of December 31, 2018 (birth years 1998 – 2009).

*Note: Testing for Recreational, Novice, AWD, Masters, and Competitive swimmers under the age of 9 is NOT mandatory (however training according to the LTAD model is HIGHLY encouraged)

 

Submission Dates:

Due to the later release of skills to be tested,  the due date for LTAD data submissions has been pushed back:

Submission #1 (Benchmark)January 31, 2018

*Clubs may submit benchmark data anytime prior to Jan 31st

Submission #2 (Comparison)May 7, 2018

 

 

Assessors:

For 2017-18, ANY Club coach may conduct LTAD testing within the Club (testing does NOT need to be conducted entirely by one coach). Coaches who will conduct testing are asked to review the protocol document & video resources in subsequent tabs (this will ensure all assessment is being conducted to the same standards and will make data more comparable).

 

Submitting Results:

SSO is currently investigating a potential new system for submission of LTAD data. If it is determined this new system cannot be made available in time for the January 31st submission, spreadsheets will be provided to Clubs as per last season’s process.

An SSO communication will go out in the coming weeks to notify Clubs once a method for submitting results is available.

 

No Bridge or Headstand Testing Required

SSO will follow all land and speed testing requirements as laid out by Synchro Canada, with the exception that it will NOT be mandatory for Ontario Clubs to test any skills involving back bend/bridge  or headstand.

*Note: Progressions for training these skills have been included in Synchro Canada’s protocol document; SSO will re-assess whether these skills can be safely tested in future following a review/discussion with Club coaches at the end of the current season).

Full Protocol Document for 2017-18 (from Synchro Canada):

2017-2018 Skills Protocol and Score Sheets – Final

 

This document contains:

  • LTAD principles
  • Protocol overviews
  • Reminders for coaches when training skills
  • Progressions for back bends/headstands/v-sits/push-ups
  • List of ALL skills by age group (land, in-pool speed, core, in-pool figure positions/transitions) *Note – The mandatory Ontario LTAD Testing submission ONLY requires testing for land/core and in-pool speed skills as outlined in the List of Skills & Scoring Chits tab

 

Video Link:

(Click ‘Watch on Youtube.com to see full playlist of all age groups)

 

Notes on videos:

  • These videos show ALL Synchro Canada skills (including bridges/headstands, which Ontario will NOT be testing)
  • Ontario Clubs may test skills individually, or as a full routine (one skill after another) as shown in the video
  • Athletes in the videos are not necessarily performing each skill perfectly – the aim was to show a variety of ages and skills (how each athlete SHOULD be scored is demonstrated via the circled competencies/total scores shown in the videos).

 

Click ‘+’ to expand each age group:

9-10 (Learn to Train / Stage 3)

9-10 (Learn to Train / Stage 3)

(Birth years 2009 & 2008)

9-10 Scoring Chit

List of Skills to be Tested:

Back Layout (on two foam rollers)

Ballet Leg (on land)

Front Layout (on land)

Prone Shoulder Hyper Flexion (with dowel)

Needle (Right/Left)

Standing Back Pike (Barracuda Set-up)

Ariana Rotation

Core Routine

12.5m Flutter

12.5m Propellor

11-12 (Learn to Train / Stage 3)

11-12 (Learn to Train / Stage 3)

*For 11-12 Provincial Stream Athletes

(Birth years 2007 & 2006)

11-12 L2T Scoring Chit

List of Skills to be Tested:

Standing Back Pike (Barracuda Set-up)

90 Degree Back Pike Position

Ballet Leg Speed (Lower Segment)

V-Ups

Prone Shoulder Hyper Flexion (with dowel)

Needle (Right/Left)

Ariana Rotation

Core Routine

25m Flutter

25m Freestyle

25m Propellor

11-12 (Train to Train / Stage 4)

11-12 (Train to Train / Stage 4)

*11-12 National Stream Athletes

(Birth years 2007 & 2006)

11-12 T2T Scoring Chit

List of Skills to be Tested:

Standing Back Pike (Barracuda Set-up)

90 Degree Back Pike Position

Ballet Leg Speed (Lower Segment)

V-Ups

Prone Shoulder Hyper Flexion (with dowel)

Push-ups

Needle (Right/Left)

Ariana Rotation

Core Routine

25m Flutter

200m IM

25m Propellor

13-15 (Train to Train / Stage 4)

13-15 (Train to Train / Stage 4)

(Birth years 2005, 2004 & 2003)

13-15 Scoring Chit

List of Skills to be Tested:

Standing Back Pike (Barracuda Set-up)

Ballet Leg Speed (Lower Segment)

V-Sit (hold with dowel)

Prone Shoulder Hyper Flexion (with dowel)

Push-ups

Needle (Right/Left)

Ariana Rotation

Core Routine

25m Flutter

200m IM

25m Propellor

Junior/16-20 (Train to Compete / Stage 5)

Junior/16-20 (Train to Compete / Stage 5)

(Birth years 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999 & 1998)

Junior/16-20 Scoring Chit

List of Skills to be Tested:

Core Routine

Push-ups

Ballet Leg Position (on two foam rollers)

400m IM

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