USA Hockey Introduces American Development Model
The American Development Model (ADM) provides age-appropriate guidelines and curriculum to hockey associations across America to help more kids play, love and excel in hockey.
Once the kids are on the ice and playing, the game itself can only take them so far. To love hockey, they first have to play it. And to excel at it, they need to play it and love it. To love the game of hockey, kids first have to play it in an environment that brings out their passion. One that encourages them. The more the love the game, the more they’ll play. And the more they play, the better they’ll get.
There need to be reasons to love the game. And if all they’re doing is playing hockey 365 days a year, there’s a good chance the game they’re supposed to love becomes more of a chore than a passion. That amount of exposure too early on can put undue stress and pressure on them and give the kids plenty of reasons not to love hockey.
Play - Playing the game is where kids learn that the game is, in its simplest form, fun. And if you can mix in age-appropriate training and practice with skills and athleticism introduction, kids will have even more fun. And to keep it fun, there should be a low priority placed on winning and losing and a high priority placed on just introducing the game to a young kid.
Love - Once a kid learns to play the game and begins to develop skills and athleticism, hockey starts to take priority among other activities. Skills become more refined, their physical and mental makeup is stronger and the friendships they developed early on continue to grow. The games become more important and hockey in general becomes a bigger part of their life.
Excel - Now that they play and love the game, a higher premium is placed on excelling at it. Tougher competition and more of a focus on mastering skills play an increased role in their development. Hockey starts to take a larger priority over other activities. But, above all, the game is still fun and the friendships that were forged back in Mites are as strong as ever.
The bottom line is that if we can give kids reasons to stick with the game, we can unlock their potential and help them excel at the game they play and love.
Editor’s Note: For more information on the American Development Model, please visit: http://www.admkids.com/
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