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2015 USA Hockey Parent Handbook

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2 STAY ON TRACK k USA Hockey launched the American Development Model in 2009, providing a detailed blueprint for optimal athlete development. By giving your child the ADM experience, you're positioning them for long-term success. It's proven programming, built on qualita- tive and quantitative research from leading hockey nations, sport scientists, coaches and educators. The ADM is viewed worldwide as a best-practice model for grooming youth athletes. USA Hockey granted rights to use the ADM name and logo as part of the USOC's effort to improve the well-being of future generations and help every American athlete reach full potential. As the basis for youth hockey in the U.S., the ADM provides: + Age-specific, age-appropriate skill development. + An opportunity to learn and refine basic skills without an over-emphasis on winning in the younger age classifications. + A sensible practice-to-game ratio that encourages efficient skill development. + Practice and game programming that emphasizes engagement, competition and skill repetitions. + Structured training programs for coaches and qualified adult leadership. + A philosophy that reduces burnout and disenchantment. The ADM builds players well-suited for the highly skilled, creative, fast-paced game of today. The ADM is fun. USA Hockey believes in letting kids be kids. We believe that kids and their families should get the most out of hockey, without feeling undue performance or financial pressure. We believe in community- based youth hockey. We believe in keeping kids engaged, moving and smiling. We believe in making optimal use of ice time. We believe in creating great athletes, not just hockey players. The ADM encourages children to play multiple sports. MAKE HOCKEY GREAT FOR YOUR CHILD 2 STAY ON TRACK To learn more about the ADM, visit

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