Volume 1 Issue 7                                                                        May 23, 2014
IN THIS ISSUE

The Problem for Sports Parents: Overspending

Tier I Mite ADM Program Open House

Arapahoe Follows Avalanche's Lead to ADM

Trent Klatt: "Go Play Ball"

Video: Bob Mancini: The 24-Hour Athlete

Video: Ryan Kesler: Respecting Opponents

Just for Coaches: On- & Off-Ice Practice Plans

The Problem for Sports Parents: Overspending

 By Kevin Helliker

 

When sports psychologist Travis Dorsch set about studying the effect of parental spending on young athletes, he expected to find a positive correlation. After all, recent research suggests that young athletes benefit from parental support.

 

  

But his study, just completed, found that greater parental spending is associated with lower levels of young-athlete enjoyment and motivation. "When parental sports spending goes up, it increases the likelihood either that the child will feel pressure or that the parent will exert it," says Dr. Dorsch, a Utah State University professor and former professional football player.

 

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ILLINOIS MITE NEWS

TIER I MITE ADM PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE 

 Hosted by Chicago Mission

 

On May 31, 2014, Chicago Mission, in conjunction with AHAI and USA Hockey, will host an open house for those interested in learning more about the AHAI Mite Tier I ADM Program. Bob Mancini from USA Hockey will be there to speak with the Tier I coaches that will be running the program at the four Tier I clubs. He will assist for the on-ice portion for those kids that have registered for the skate. This is a great opportunity for parents to watch the free ADM clinic and see firsthand what this new program has to offer. The Mission's Gino Cavallini will direct this clinic at Seven Bridges Ice Arena. Even if you don't have a skater registered, come by and watch! 

 

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USA HOCKEY MITE NEWS

Arapahoe Youth League Follows the Colorado Avalanche's Lead to ADM

 

 By Mike Scandura - USA Hockey 

 

When the Arapahoe Youth Hockey League was looking to implement the American Development Model's cross-ice games for its 125-or-so 8U players, the association brought parents to the South Suburban Family Sports Center, a facility the Warriors share with the two-time Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche.

 

"We're fortunate that the Avalanche use the same training facility," said AYHL House Director Dave Lowry. "In the summer, they have a captains' skate. Maybe 12 guys also show up from other NHL teams. When you see NHL players playing cross-ice, it's almost a moot point regarding why you would want to do it any other way, because the best players in the world do this. Philosophically, it made sense to us that we implement the ADM because of the emphasis on skills plus playing in small spaces and working on give-and-goes."

 

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Trent Klatt: "Go Play Ball" 

 

 

 

 By USA Hockey

 

Fourteen-year NHL veteran and New York Islanders head amateur scout Trent Klatt has a message for coaches and parents this offseason:

 

"Put the hockey equipment in the rafters and go play ball."

 

Klatt, a product of the Brooklyn Park youth hockey system and Osseo High School in Minnesota, played just about every sport as a child. It helped him develop into a premier, well-rounded athlete who enjoyed each passing season. Now, as an NHL scout, he looks for that same type of athleticism.

 

Klatt sat down with USA Hockey and explained why the offseason should be spent off the ice.

 

USA Hockey: The culture seems to have moved away from the three-sport athlete. What other sports did you play?  

 

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MITE MULTIMEDIA
Bob Mancini
The 24-Hour Athlete
Ryan Kesler
Respecting Opponents

 

Responsible Sports talks with Bob Mancini, a former college and professional coach and currently a regional manager of USA Hockey's American Development Model. Bob discusses the life lessons hockey can teach youth athletes, as well as sharing his thoughts about what makes a "24-hour athlete."

 
Ryan Kesler, Center for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Team, shares advice on how to respect opponents.
JUST FOR COACHES
PRACTICE PLANS FOR ON-ICE
PRACTICE PLANS FOR DRYLAND

As we have learned over the course of implementing the ADM across the state, it is all about increased puck touches and constant activity on the ice for the 8U skater.  Good, quality station based practices vastly increase the amount of both for the player.  Having tracked players in both full-ice practices and ADM style practices, the amount of added touches and movement for any one skater is 4 fold.  So if we are to give the parents their moneys worth and the skater the development they deserve than station based practices is the best way to do both.

 

SAMPLE PRACTICE PLAN

Off-ice drills don't require much, just a little imagination as this video clearly demonstrates. Engage your skaters in some fun and challenging drills and skills by making use of other sports and the skills that they develop. They will come in handy on the ice as well! 

 

 

 


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