Competitive Programs

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Our competitive training programs are designed with significant input from the Athletics Canada Long Term Athletic Development (LTAD) model. (You can learn more about Athletics Canada's LTAD model HERE) All of the methods used to train our young athletes are age appropriate, their safety and long term participation in sport is one of our main goals. 

Young athletes are not simply small adults; Therefore their athletic development can not be scaled back version of an adult's program. The LTAD model provides the framework for an optimal training, competition and recovery schedule for each stage of athletic development. The use of this model and its practices provide our kids with the opportunity to reach their full athletic potential.

CTAC's programs focus on introducing young athletes to the sport of competitive middle distance and cross country racing in a team based, fun atmosphere. These programs emphasize sound movement and running mechanics as well as an introduction to body weight strength training. Our goal in this program is to teach key fundamental running skills, creating a foundation that will allow each individual to reach his or her full potential in the future.

As athletes progress through our programs their training frequency and loads are increased, and emphasis broadens to include a more comprehensive training structure. At this stage the athletes are provided with a more unique, individualized, innovative program that is designed and implemented by a Level 4 coach with international coaching experience.

We believe that success in athletics comes from hard work, commitment and enthusiasm. If these ingredients are combined with a well-planned long-term program, and the guidance of a skilled coach, we believe that every athlete has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our goal is to create a supportive environment that will develop healthy and happy athletes who gain both mentally and physically from their running experience. 

Our competitive programs are grouped by age to allow athletes to socialize with their peers, which we consider an important element in any successful sport program. However, as per the LTAD model we understand that the development of one athlete may be more advanced than another athlete of the same age, and our coaches make training adjustments to facilitate this.
The table below provides an overview of each of our competitive programs. Please note that only some athletes will compete in the month of July, and during our regular training starts in September we will have "pre-season" training in August.

Program U14 U16 U18/U20
Ages 11,12&13 year olds* 14&15 years old* 16,17 (youth), 18,19 (junior)*
Program Season September 1 – August 31 September 1 – August 31 September 1 – August 31
Training sessions per week 3** 3** 3**
Training session duration 1:45-2:00 per session 1:45-2:00 per session 1:45-2:00 per session
Meets attended School , Minor Track Assn., Athletics Ontario School and Athletics Ontario School, Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada

CTAC is a competitive running club for youths aged 11 (grade 6) and up. We are located in central Toronto and most of our athletes come from the North York, East York and Beaches area of the city.