101 Physical Literacy
Ages & Stages
Start by developing a good base of foundational skills. Developing physical literacy skills is progressive, and different at each developmental stage.
> In these stages, youth can begin to develop sport-specific skills (while still continuing to build physical literacy skills).
BOYS 0 - 6 GIRLS 0 - 6 Learn basic movement skills and link them together to play. Develop habits for being active.
BOYS 6 - 9 GIRLS 6 - 8 Learn fundamental movement skills and build agility, balance and coordination.
BOYS 9- 12 GIRLS 8- 11 Convert fundamental movement skills to fundamental sport- specific skillls.
Once a foundation of skills is built, youth can choose to build skills to participate in competitive sport. BOYS 12-16 GIRLS 11 - 15
BOYS 16 - 23 GIRLS 15 - 21
BOYS 19 GIRLS 18+
TRAIN TO TRAIN
TRAIN TO COMPETE Train to solidify sportspecific/position-specific skills and physical capabilities.
Refine skills with the ultimate goal to win.
Build aerobic base and consolidate sport-specific skills.
TRAIN TO WIN
OR skip competitive sport and simply choose physical activities to be active for life. Once a good foundation of physical literacy is built, anyone can confidently participate in a variety of sports and activities - with the goal of being active for life!
AGES 12+ ACTIVE FOR LIFE
Life-long participation in a variety of sport or recreational activities.
Are your kids physically literate?
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Physical literacy stages have been adapted from the Active for Life and Canadian Sport for Life models.
Active for Life is a non-profit organization committed to helping parents raise happy, healthy, physically literate kids. For more information on physical literacy, please visit activeforlife.com.
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Canadian Sport for Life is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a clearer path to better sport, greater health, and higher achievement in Canada. For more information please visit canadiansportforlife.ca.