‘Athlete-centered approach identifying key windows of opportunity where skill development/adaption can be accelerated, with a view to maximising long term potential’

The table below provides a general overview of the various training and playing programmes through the various stages of development as defined by LTAD principles.

Long Term

A key aspect is understanding an athlete’s ‘Developmental Age’ and not basing programmes solely on their ‘Chronological Age’. Just because two players are the same age in years, doesn’t mean they will develop at the same rate given the same training and playing opportunites.

At youth level the most obvious example is the ‘Early Maturer’ vs. the ‘Late Developer’. There can be significant ranges of physical development amongst players of the same age which presents different challenges for each player type, and implications for coaches/parents/selectors.

Long Term Athlete Development is about understanding an individual’s defining characteristics at the various stages, and providing the appropriate framework to maximise their development.

Cricket is a late specialization sport and playing other complimentary sports through the key development stages is encouraged. Pre-mature specialisation can lead to one-sided development and can increase the risk of injury and burnout.

An overview of the two most critical stages of development can be seen below:


Further detail and more specific recommendations covering aspects of Technical, Tactical, Mental and Physical can be found in the table below:


Learn and Train

The Male and Female Player Pathways are displayed below. For further detail on a specific age-group (including training and playing dates, selection criteria and player levy information) please select from the ‘Underage Teams’ tab.

male playing pathway


female pathway

Sustainable excellence and growth in the game starts by acknowledging the key windows of opportunity for development, which gives our players the best chance of future success.