Player / Athlete Development (LTAD)

Athlete Development Committee & Mandate

Athlete Development Committee Terms of Reference

Development Team Opportunity

Bowls AB, through an application and selection process, will identify players across the province in the Learn and Train to Compete development stages to make up the 2019 Development Team.  See the Development Team Selection Policy 2019 to see if you qualify. You must apply using the Ath Dev Squad Application and Declaration Form. Applications will be accepted until the end of March for review by our Head Coach and 2019 Team selectors. The team will be announced on April 15.  A selection of players will represent AB in the AB BC Test Match to be held May 31 – June 2 at the Calgary Lawn Bowling Club.

Athlete / Player Development camps Summer 2019

Development Camps Calgary – July 9 at Stanley Park and  July 30 at Bow Valley

Development Camps Edmonton –  July 16 at Royal and September 10 at Commonwealth

Development Camps Southern AB – June 4 in Medicine Hat and June 5 in Lethbridge

These camps are all from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. and are for open for all AB members. Camps are limited to the first 12 registrants so REGISTER today by emailing the office at

A few camps are scheduled targeting a specific group:  June 14 at Royal for Youth and August 5 at Calgary Lawn or AB Team

If unable to attend a camp you may arrange a coaching session for your club members or personally with Head Coach, Derek Dillon on a first request first served basis. Email your request to:

Athlete Ranking Points System

The Athlete Ranking Points System will be reviewed and updated to more closely align with our LTAD plan and with our new Championship structure and restrictions on participation in events the fall of 2019.  The 2017 system has been used to determine points awarded for 2018 with a few minor adjustments: the dropping of the Provincial and National Triples Championships and the moving of Mixed Pairs to a 3rd Tier Event: BA Athlete Ranking Points System

Athlete Provincial Points Rankings

Learn About LTAD / Player Development

Sport for Life is a movement that began in 2005, to improve the quality of sport and physical activity in Canada. A key feature of Sport for Life is Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD), a developmental pathway and training guide not only for developing top-rank athletes but also for increasing overall participation in a sport. The vision behind Sport for Life is to reshape how we support sport and train athletes at all levels in Canada – from children to adults, from grassroots sports through to the National level. In realizing this vision, the aim is to keep more Canadians active for life with recreational sport and physical activity, and at the same time help Canadians in all sports win more medals internationally.

BCB LTAD Bowls A Sport for Life Bowls Canada Boulingrin, in partnership with Sport Canada, has developed a bowls specific LTAD framework that lays out the development stages that a player will go through as they learn the sport regardless of the age they begin playing. The LTAD guide called, “Bowls, A Sport for Life” can be found on the Bowls Canada Athlete Development page.

The guide outlines the key factors that influence athlete development and long term quality participation. It includes descriptions of the various stages of learning and charts skills performance indicators for a coach or individual to use and evaluate one’s ability, knowledge and readiness to compete competitively.

For further information on LTAD from BCB see the presentation entitled LTAD Overview by BCB.

For further general information on LTAD visit the Canada Sport for Life website.

LTAD Stages and Resources