Long Term Athlete Development Plan


USA Baseball, with support from Major League Baseball (MLB), has generated a Long Term Athlete Development Plan (LTAD) to provide a multi-stage developmental pathway for an individual’s life-long experience within the sport of baseball in the United States. Through developmentally appropriate programs for all ages, the LTAD aims to increase participation, aid in performance, and enhance enjoyment across the sport of baseball. The LTAD plan is a culmination of evidence-based information from the principal contributor group and input from a leadership group consisting of experts from the medical safety industry, MLB league and club executives, and an advisory group inclusive of leaders from across the amateur baseball spectrum.

THE LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT PLAN AIMS TO:

  1. Offer solutions for the entire baseball community.
  2. Enhance all participants’ experience within the sport.
  3. Promote age-appropriate physical literacy and psychosocial development.
  4. Underscore best practices for player health and safety.
  5. Encourage age-appropriate skill development progression.
  6. Prolong individual engagement through improved infrastructure.
  7. Promote life-long engagement through mentoring and recreational play.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LTAD INCLUDE:

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