COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today that three additional youth hockey organizations have earned designation as USA Hockey Model Associations, increasing the total number of model associations nationwide to 20.
With this designation, each has committed to fully implement programming dedicated to age-appropriate, age-specific skill development, in accordance with USA Hockey's American Development Model, throughout the 8-and-Under, 10-and-Under and 12-and-Under age classifications.
The newly designated model associations include the Grand Traverse Hockey Association (Traverse City, Michigan), the Walpole Express (Walpole, Massachusetts) and the Yale Youth Hockey Association (New Haven, Connecticut).
"We're excited to welcome these new model associations and we're excited for the kids who will benefit from the commitment of these associations to age-appropriate skill development," saidKevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey. "By taking this step, these associations are making a strong move to offer the best possible competition and training environment for their players."
As a benefit of their model association designation, each will receive support from USA Hockey to implement the ADM throughout their programs, including in-person coaches training, on-ice instruction and parent resources from USA Hockey's national staff. Further, each program will also receive equipment, signage and educational resources from USA Hockey.
Every youth hockey organization affiliated with USA Hockey has the opportunity to earn model association status. For more information, click here.
Note: USA Hockey Model Associations span from coast to coast and now represent 14 states.