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NGB News USA Hockey & U.S. Figure Skating 48 / MAY.JUNE.2019 USICERINKS.COM USA Hockey's Meeting of the Minds , This past April, USA Hockey's Coaches Section and American Development Model staff held meetings to discuss and update USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program curriculum. The combined meeting between the Coaches Section and the ADM Regional Managers came about after a discussion at the USA Hockey Winter Meetings earlier this year, with the goal of having both sections come together to revisit the curriculum and explore its successes as well as how it can be improved. "It was a great opportunity to gather our two groups and discuss USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program (CEP) as a whole," said USA Hockey's Director of the CEP, Mark Tabrum. "We are always striving to improve our curriculum as well as create a positive environment for our coaches. Adult learning has changed over time, and we want to be at the forefront of our program." Throughout the course of the weekend, multiple members of the Coaches Section and ADM regional managers presented on areas that the group would like to improve upon. It began by reviewing the 2018 curriculum with topics ranging from responsibilities in coaching, defining roles on the ice, and off- and on-ice training. Everyone in attendance got to break up into groups to have smaller discussions. USA Hockey Coach-in-Chief Mike MacMillan said that the goal is to not only make the coaching clinics better than before, but also make sure that when the coach leaves that clinic they have had a fun, great experience that they can take with them throughout the course of the year to coach their players. U.S. Figure Skating Qualifying Competition Structure—Identify. Develop. Promote. , The 2019-20 competitive season will be an exciting time of change for athletes competing in the U.S. Figure Skating qualifying competitive pipeline. The new qualifying competition structure will empower athletes and coaches to make strategic choices about their qualifying competition schedule, expand the opportunities for athletes to participate and allow athletes to "virtually" compete against one another for a national ranking. The new competitive pipeline features the following: 1. New names for qualifying competitions 2. A National Qualifying Series (NQS) 3. A National High-Performance Development Team Camp 4. Additional singles athletes qualifying for sectional competition 5. A new, earlier pathway for pairs and dance teams U.S. Figure Skating is excited for the future of our sport and our emerging athletes. The new structure will require athletes to do their homework are re-evaluate their strategy, and coaches are strongly encouraged to spend the next few months studying the new pipeline, so they are prepared to set their athletes up for success! J Visit usfigureskating.org/athletes/qualifyingcompetitivestructure to learn all the details.

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