The ADM utilizes long-term athlete development principles as its framework. LTAD principles can be used as a basis on which to make our existing systems and structures more consistent. Developed by internationally renowned coach educator Istvan Balyi, and adapted to ice hockey by USA Hockey, the principles of LTAD are rooted in successful programs throughout the world.
This is a great opportunity to change the way we go about developing hockey potential.
One of the first things that USA Hockey did when beginning this project was to look closely at the statistics related to player development – specifically the skill development time each player has when in both a practice setting and a game setting. When viewed from the perspective of how kids learn the number of repetitions of specific skills and situations that occur in practice versus a game, we quickly learned where players have a chance to develop the most: Practice.
So a model was created that valued practices and proper training above all else. This isn’t to say that the ADM is about taking the fun out of hockey, quite the contrary. Practices can and should be fun, especially if the kids are all playing together and having a blast with a game that they love. The more they play it, the better chance that they’ll love it. And when you combine a passion for the game with increased puck time, kids will start to excel at it. Play, love, excel. That’s the ADM.
As research was conducted in developing the ADM, it became apparent that critical areas in our system were neglecting kids at a very early age. As children mature, they each progress through the same development stages. And certain aspects of these stages must be addressed at the appropriate points along the development curve in order for our children to reach their genetic potential. 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.
The ADM, through utilization of LTAD principles, allows us to integrate training, competition and recovery programming with relation to biological development so that we can fully get at a kid’s potential. To make an athlete out of a kid. Make a hockey player out of an athlete. The ADM offers equal opportunity for recreation and competition – a key to retaining younger players.
Back in June, Mandan Hockey was nominated for the USA Hockey Female Honors award. This is an award that is given by USA Hockey (one per district) to an Affiliate that has demonstrated the dedication and drive to grow girls Hockey. It stems from programs USA Hockey offers to grow girls hockey; Girls Hockey Weekend, Girls Hockey Weekend across America, Intro to Hockey programs, Put the Biscuit in the Net, USA Hockey 2 & 2 challenge, as well as other avenues Affilates take to grow Girls Hockey.
This past weekend in Devils Lake at the NDAHA meeting, Bob Gillen, USA Hockey Northern Plains Representative, presented Mandan Hockey Club with the USA Hockey Female Honors Award for the Northern Plains. This is a huge accomplishment for our little Affiliation, and a very solid sign that Hockey is growing in Mandan.
This is something to be very proud of, as USA Hockey awards are not something that are just given away. MHC was presented with a framed certificate from USA Hockey that will hang poudly in our arena.
Along with our 2 & 2 Banner showing we completed our 2 & 2 goal, our web banner that will be placed on our Web site, and now this Female Honors Award, the year sure is starting our great for Mandan Hockey!
Congrats Mandan Hockey, leading the way in growing the sport of Hockey!!