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Join the 2 and 2 Challenge

06/03/2013, 11:30am MDT
By USA Hockey

The 2 and 2 Challenge is a comprehensive growth program for all USA Hockey associations that register 8 & under players. This program is a blueprint that guides youth hockey leadership through national initiatives and tools to realize their goal of acquiring 2 new players and retaining 2 additional players than the previous season's total.

Associations that accept the 2 and 2 Challenge will focus on the three components that drive growth: Acquisition (new players), Retention (repeat players), and Conversion (transitioning try hockey kids to full time youth hockey players).  By participating in the 2 and 2 Challenge, your youth hockey association will establish itself not just as the best hockey program locally, but as the best youth sports option in your community.

As an added bonus for your growth efforts, participating associations will receive free starter equipment packages and national recognition. Last season, 264 associations successfully completed the 2 and 2 Challenge and over 2,300 starter equipment packages were awarded.

To see a full list of associations that completed the 2 and 2 Challenge and start growing your association, visit www.2and2challenge.com.

This season, 264 associations across the country were able to successfully complete the 2 and 2 Challenge.   The breakdown of associations completing the 2 and 2 Challenge are:

  • 143 associations achieved Gold status 
  • 30 associations achieved Silver status 
  • 91 associations achieved Bronze status 

As a result of their efforts in growing youth hockey, these local associations will be rewarded with OneGoal starter equipment packages totaling over 2,320sets. 

USA Hockey would like to recognize these associations and congratulate them for their hard work and dedication throughout the year.  For a full list of associations completing the 2 and 2 Challenge, please click on the document link below. 

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March 27, 2017 | When USA Hockey implemented its American Development Model in 2009, one element of the nationwide age-appropriate training blueprint sparked more debate than any other: cross-ice hockey for 8U players. In the years since, an abundance of evidence, both data-driven and anecdotal, has proven the developmental advantages of cross-ice hockey.

This week, Hockey Canada announced that it too will introduce its players to the game through cross-ice play beginning in 2017-18.

“Re-sizing the playing surface to cross-ice or half-ice means more puck touches, which result in more chances to practice puck control and shooting, as well as overall more movement and motor skill-development – twisting, turning, balance, coordination, agility,” said Paul Carson, vice-president of membership development for Hockey Canada, in a release today. “Their field-of-play matches their size, and these players hone in on their skill-development in a way that larger ice surfaces just aren’t conducive to.”

The Grassroots Show on Ottawa’s TSN 1200 weighed in on the decision. Click the audio link below to hear how Canada is embracing cross-ice hockey for the coming season and beyond.

Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada, appeared on the Grassroots Show to discuss the nationwide shift to cross-ice hockey, beginning this fall for 5- and 6-year-olds and expanding to all of Canada's Novice (8U) level in 2018-19.

“When you see 10 or 12 or 14 or 16 kids out on the ice in between periods and they’re playing 200-by-85 and 3 or 4 kids touch the puck in that whole six minutes, yet there’s people in the stands clapping and thinking it’s wonderful, I just can’t help but think about the 95 percent of the children that didn’t even touch the puck or get from one end of the rink to the other and I ask myself what are we doing when the opportunity is certainly there to have 30 kids on the ice playing cross-ice and everyone is having a much better opportunity to touch the puck, skate a shorter distance and really play. It just boggles my mind,” said Renney.

“We completely embrace, at the Initiation level and the Novice level, cross-ice hockey and we have mandated that in the Initiation program and we will mandate it across the country in Novice hockey.

“This is about the pure enjoyment of the game, and your first connection with it has to be something that’s pure fun, on a surface of play that is conducive to much more participation and joy.”

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