COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey is collaborating with the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association to conduct an American Development Model roadshow with multiple stops throughout metropolitan Detroit hockey associations next Monday through Wednesday (Jan. 27-29).
Designed to introduce the ADM to parents, coaches and volunteers, the roadshow will feature in-depth presentations on long-term athlete development from members of USA Hockey’s ADM staff, along with on-ice demonstrations, featuring station-based practice sessions.
"Our mission is to answer questions and inform parents about the ADM's emphasis on age-appropriate skill development," said Bob Mancini, ADM regional manager. "We're excited to have an opportunity to talk with parents in a forum like this, where we can explain the science and research behind it. We want parents to understand that the ADM is about delivering to their child what's important at their specific age group, because we want every boy and girl who joins USA Hockey to fulfill their potential."
George Atkinson, MAHA president, was instrumental in bringing the ADM roadshow to Michigan, and he expressed excitement about the event's potential impact on hockey in Michigan.
"We believe in the principles and have seen the benefits of the ADM and long-term athlete development," he said. "The roadshow presentations will help inform parents of what to expect from USA Hockey's skill-development program from mites to midgets, and how it is designed to teach young players the skills they need to have fun playing the game."
Based on thousands of hours of research, drawing from experts around the world in ice hockey, child development, sport and education, the ADM provides hockey associations nationwide a detailed blueprint for optimal athlete development. Since being introduced in 2009, the ADM has gained international recognition as a best-practice model for young athletes.
"We are fortunate to have the USA Hockey staff, whose knowledge, experience and passion is contagious, leading these presentations and we hope that having a better understanding of the ADM will help parents make the right choice when selecting a hockey program for their young players," said Atkinson.
For more information, check out www.MAHA.org and www.ADMKids.com.
|Jan. 27, 2014|
|Gross Pointe Civic Arena||Gross Pointe 6U||5:15 p.m.|
|Gross Pointe Civic Arena||Gross Pointe 10U||6:15 p.m.|
|Gross Pointe Civic Arena||Gross Pointe Girls||7:15 p.m.|
|Mt. Clemens Ice Arena||Mt. Clemens||6 p.m.|
|Troy Sports Center||Troy||5:45 p.m.|
|Jan. 28, 2014|
|Dearborn Ice Skating Center||Dearborn||6 p.m.|
|Novi Ice Arena||Novi||5:30 p.m.|
|Jan. 29, 2014|
|Garden City Ice Arena||Garden City||6 p.m.|
|Kennedy Sports Center||Trenton||7:30 p.m.|
|Monroe Multi-Sports Complex||Monroe||6 p.m.|
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!