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American Developmental Model (ADM)
Anyone who has registered with USA Hockey for 2009-2010 has recently received a mailing which included a short brochure on USA Hockey’s “American Developmental Model”. Key Assumptions in the Training to Train Stage:
The ADM was developed jointly by USA Hockey together with the NHL. USA Hockey was troubled by the the high percentage of kids quitting hockey as they reached PeeWee and Bantam age; the NHL was concerned with the fact that, for the number of players in the US, not enough were making it to the top level.
USA Hockey describes the ADM not as a mandate sent from USA Hockey, but rather as a tool that will ensure every kid will have the same chance to succeed. The ADM utilizes Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles as its framework. LTAD principles are being utilized by over 100 different sport federations and government health ministries from countries around the globe and LTAD principles have been used in successful hockey playing nations like Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic with very positive results.
The underlying principal of LTAD is that maximum development occurs through age-appropriate structure and content. Without developing skills and certain physical and mental attributes at the appropriate time, the long-term prospects of becoming a truly elite player diminish each day.
USA Hockey’s ADM calls the 12-16 year old stage of hockey development the “Training to Train” stage. This is where the focus should be on “Building the Engine and consolidating sports skills.”
· Age 12 to 16 is the optimal window for developing stamina or endurance.
· Age 12 to 16 is the critical window for aerobic training, beginning with onset of adolescent growth spurt.
· Age 12 to 16 is the optimal training window for developing speed (second speed window).
· Age 12 to 16 is the time to develop explosive power and capacity.
· The optimal window for strength training is 12 to 18 months after adolescent growth spurt.
Key Training Guidelines in the Training to Train Stage:
· Play hockey 40% of the time, play multiple sports or engage in activities like soccer, running, gymnastics, swimming, skiing or other activities 25% of the time and engage in fitness through other sports (like lacrosse, baseball, golf, track and field, etc.) 35%.
· 18 – 36 players per practice session.
· 3 – 4 ice touches per week.
· 60 – 80 minutes per session.
· 120 total ice touches.
· 7 – 8 month training and competition calendar.
· Off-ice training as appropriate to each individual’s stage of development.
· 80 - 85 practices;1-2 teams per session.
· 35 – 45 games.
· 16 skaters and 2 goalies per team.
By registering with the MSDHL each player, parent, coach and official has agreed to follow the following Zero Tolerance Policy as stated in MSDHL League Rules:
A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct (Zero Tolerance) shall be assessed whenever a player:
1. Openly disputes or argues any decision by an official.
2. Uses obscene or vulgar language at anytime, including any swearing, even if it is not directed at a particular person.
3. Visually demonstrates any sign of dissatisfaction with an official's decision.
*Any time that a player persists in any of these actions, they shall be assessed a misconduct penalty. A game misconduct shall result if the player continues such action.
Parents / Spectators
The game will be stopped by on ice-officials when the parents/spectators displaying inappropriate and disruptive behavior interfere with other spectators or the game. The on-ice officials will identify the violators to the coaches for the purpose of removing parents/spectators from the spectators viewing and game area. Once removed, play will resume. Lost time will not be replaced and violators may be subject to further disciplinary action by the local governing body. This inappropriate and disruptive behavior shall include:
1. Use of obscene or vulgar language in a boisterous manner to anyone at any time.
2. Taunting of players, coaches, officials or other spectators by means of baiting, ridiculing, threat of physical violence or physical violence.
3. Throwing of any object in the spectators viewing area, players bench, penalty box or on ice surface, directed in any manner as to create a safety hazard.
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