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Women's National University Team Wins Bronze

12/20/2013, 12:45pm MST
By USAHockey.com

Pergine, Italy - Katie Augustine (West Chester, Ohio/Miami University) scored the game-winning goal, Hayley Williams (Crete, Ill./Robert Morris University) tallied a goal and an assist and goaltender Katie Vaughan (Pittsburgh, Pa./Penn State University) turned away 37 shots to help the U.S. Women's National University Team earn a 3-1 win over Japan in the bronze medal game of the 2013 Winter World University Games.

The medal is the first for the United States in either men's or women's competition at the Winter World University Games.

"We couldn't be happier with how this group represented their country during this tournament, both on and off the ice," said Mo Stroemel, head coach of the 2013 U.S. Women's National University Team. "This is a moment none of us will forget. We are extremely happy to bring a medal home to the United States."

Monica Korzon (Ann Arbor, Mich./University of Michigan) opened the scoring at 17:03 of the first period when she struck for an even-strength goal. Ramey Weaver (Eagle River, Alaska/Robert Morris University) was credited with the lone assist on the play. Japan then knotted the score with 11 seconds remaining in the opening stanza.

The teams played a scoreless second period, setting the stage for Team USA's third-period heroics.

Augustine found the back of the net to put the U.S. in front for good at 2:30 of the final frame. Williams and Morgan McGrath (Mayfield Village, Ohio/Miami University) also contributed to the goal. Williams then scored into an empty net with just three seconds remaining to cap the victory.


Segmenting Your Season

08/25/2015, 1:15pm MDT
By Michael Caples

TRENDING: Right-Sized Youth Sports

09/01/2015, 9:15am MDT
By USA Hockey

Sept. 1, 2015 | More than 40,000 spectators, plus a national television audience, watched the Little League World Series this past Sunday on a glorious afternoon in Pennsylvania. There were smiles, cheers, entertainment and the noticeable absence of demand for those 12- and 13-year-olds to pitch from 60 feet, six inches or run 90 feet between the bases like their professional baseball heroes.

Right-sized baseball and softball fields, along with age-appropriate rule modifications, have been accepted wisdom in youth baseball for more than 50 years.

Coincidentally, while Little League was paring to its finalists, U.S. Soccer announced a nationwide initiative to improve youth skill development. The centerpiece was a shift to small-sided game formats and field sizes to be phased in across the country by August 2017. As part of the new plan, American soccer at U6, U7 and U8 will be played 4v4 on a pitch approximately one-eighth the size of an adult soccer field. Nine- and 10-year-olds will play 7v7 on a one-quarter-scale pitch. Not until age 13 will players begin competing 11v11 on a regulation adult-sized pitch.

“Our number one goal is to improve our players down the road, and these initiatives will help us do that,” said Tab Ramos, U.S. Soccer’s youth technical director. “In general, we would like for players to be able to process information faster, and when they are in this (new) environment, they are going to learn to do that. Fast forward 10 years, and there are thousands of game situations added to a player’s development.”

With this change, American soccer will join sports like baseball, basketball, hockey and tennis, all of which have embraced the skill-development benefits of age-appropriate playing dimensions and competition formats (see chart below).

Those benefits are at the core of USA Hockey’s American Development Model, which was recently praised by the Sports Business Journal as a “trailblazing program.”

Develop Talent and Character with Danton Cole

08/25/2015, 1:00pm MDT
By Dan Marrazza

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