American Development Model (ADM)
Please check http://www.usahockey.com/ADMKids.aspx for more information.
USA Hockey created the American Development Model with a few major goals in mind. These include reduction in travel; focus on skill development versus results and reducing specialization in sports.
The Building Block s of ADM are:
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.
Mite ADM explained for the Shaker Youth Hockey Association (SYHA)
At Shaker will we have three ADM levels denoted by the colors Red, White and Blue. There is less of a focus on tryouts and results and more of a focus on age-appropriate games and skill development. All teams will ideally have 9-12 skaters.
BLUE: This is the third level team and is reserved for Mighty Mites from last year and possibly a few new players that have previous skating experience.
In the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League (CSHL) this team will play cross-ice games, not keep score and rotate skaters as goalies. This team will not begin playing games until December.
WHITE: This is the middle team. This team will consist of the previous year’s Blue players and possibly a few Mighty Mite players from the previous year. This team will focus on mainly 2009 birth year players, with a few late starting 2008s and a few early starting 2010s.
In the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League (CSHL) this team will play half-ice games, not keep score and have dressed rotating goalies. This team will play in the Killer-B Tournament.
RED: This is the top level team. This team will mainly consist of the previous year’s White players and possibly a few Blue players from the previous year. This team will focus on last year Mites (2008 for the upcoming season), although no player will be kept off this team for age. If a 2009/10 aged player skills are high enough that they should be on this team they will.
In the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League (CSHL) this team will play half-ice games, keep score and have dressed goalies. This team will also play a few full-ice games as the season progresses.
This article was written by Rich Mears. I have coached a Mite ADM team for the previous two seasons and will be involved with Mite ADM for the next few years. If you have any questions regarding this article please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.