The OSA Development Matrix outlines the principles that govern competition provided at the District Development level for Under-8 to Under-12 players through the FUNdamentals (Under-8 Festivals only) and Learning to Train (Under-9 to Under-12 Festivals and Leagues) stages of Long Term Player Development.
It is important to understand these principles as a coach, parent, and player in order to see how player development is aided due to the changing formats of play as an individual moves up in age divisions.
The OSA Recreational Matrix outlines the principles that govern competition provided at the Local level geared towards our recreational House League program.
The LTPD Recreational Matrix is a matrix of principles that govern competition provided at the Local level which is geared towards our recreational House League Program.
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LTPD - SUMMARY
We don’t expect kids to compete in spelling bees without first teaching them their ABCs. When activities and expectations don’t match a child’s developmental stage, this can set them up for failure.
The same is true when young children are thrust into a soccer environment that over-emphasizes winning at the expense of developing skills and having fun.
The negative consequences can last a lifetime: Some kids develop bad habits and poor skills and can become discouraged. Many don’t achieve their performance potential. Others end up leaving the sport altogether because they don’t enjoy the game.