USA Hockey Announces New Development Model
We’re extremely pleased to share the news of the revolutionary American Development Model that will be available for local associations to utilize beginning with the 2009-10 season. The ADM was endorsed by the USA Hockey Board of Directors at the recently completed Winter Meeting and has also been endorsed by the National Hockey League.
The American Development Model furthers our growth and development efforts as it will provide our member associations — for the first time ever — an optimal development blueprint for youth players that will lead to a better experience for our current players and also help attract new players to our sport.
As Mike Mullally, the president of the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, recently remarked, “This is the best thing to come out of USA Hockey in the last 25 years.”
The ADM includes, as a component, a high performance club program. While implementation of the ADM is highly recommended, its implementation will be required for those clubs wishing to apply to become a high performance club.
There are many details to follow in regard to the ADM and high performance club program and you can expect the following in terms of education:
|Jan. 26||An executive summary of the American Development Model posted on http://www.usahockey.com/adm/|
|Jan. 26||Detailed materials on the American Development Model posted on http://www.usahockey.com/adm/|
|Jan. 26||Detailed information on the high performance club program, including criteria and the application process.|
|Jan. 28||A blog at http://www.usahockey.com/adm/ at which you can ask questions and view on-going dialogue about the American Development Model and high performance club program|
In addition, a frequently asked questions document will be posted at http://www.usahockey.com/adm/ on Jan. 26 and will be added to on a regular basis.
It’s hard to put in words the excitement and buzz that has been and will continue to be generated by this new initiative. It will take time for local associations around the country to educate their constituents on the merits of adopting the American Development Model, but there’s no doubt that the principles of the program are indeed right for kids.
Editor’s Note: From Ron DeGregorio, USA Hockey President
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