Volume 1 Issue 12                                                                       October 26, 2014
IN THIS ISSUE

What is AHAI? New Parent Video Released

Blackhawks, AHAI Host Jets & Sabres ADM Clinic & Half-Ice Games

Using the ADM, Parkway Youth Hockey Thrives

Activating Kids

VIDEO: Elite Athlete Syndrome

VIDEO: How Finland Teaches Body Contact

Just for Coaches: On- and Off-Ice Practice Plans
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What is AHAI? Just Released New Informative Parent Video

 

Did you know that the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI) is the 5th largest amateur ice hockey association in the United States? Founded in 1975 we consist of over 2500 member teams from pre-mite learn-to-skate programs, youth house and travel teams, high school teams, girls' and women's teams to adult and Junior teams.

 

To help our membership better understand the benefits offered by USA Hockey and AHAI, we have produced an informative video explaining the many programs and benefits we have to offer. We take a look at how our Coaching Education Program is committed to developing first rate coaches who will be effective instructors and role models at all levels of hockey as well as how the Officiating Education Program, administered by IHOA, provides our officials with the knowledge and skill to effectively enforce rules to ensure the safety of our players. You will also learn more about AHAI's Player Development Program and SafeSport and Screening Program. AHAI's relationship with the Chicago Blackhawks also affords our members many additional benefits such as the annual High School Hockey Holiday Classic, the MinorHawks Program, the A Step aHead Free Baseline Testing Program and Moms' Night Concussion Awareness Event to name a few.

 

Our hope is that the video below gives you a greater understanding of all the programs and benefits that come with AHAI Membership. See you at the rink!

ILLINOIS MITE NEWS
BLACKHAWKS, AHAI HOST JETS & SABRES
ADM CLINIC AND HALF-ICE GAMES
 

It was a magical day at the Madhouse on Madison on Friday, September 26, where the Chicago Blackhawks and AHAI hosted a USA Hockey American Development Model clinic.

 

More than 40 7- and 8-year-olds took part in the event, held on United Center ice prior to the Blackhawks' preseason game against the New York Rangers. The festivities included a 40-minute station-based practice followed by two half-ice games. "At each station, you could see the teaching and learning as the kids moved through passing, shooting, stickhandling and skating drills, along with competitive-type drills," said Jim Clare, AHAI Mite ADM Coordinator. "As you'd expect, the kids were super excited to skate on the United Center ice." READ MORE>>

MITES ACROSS AMERICA
AFFILIATE NEWS
USA HOCKEY MITE NEWS

Using the ADM, Parkway Youth Hockey Thrives

 

 

 By Mike Scandura, USA Hockey

 

It's not every day that a Zamboni ice-resurfacing machine drives down a city street in Boston. That was the case on Oct. 6, though, when Parkway Youth Hockey took over Center Street in the West Roxbury neighborhood for the association's inaugural opening-day parade. READ MORE>>

Activating Kids: USAH Discusses New Ways Forward at Aspen Institute Roundtable

 

By Jayson Hron, USA Hockey

 

Can active play create happier, healthier communities? Absolutely. But in an era when public recreation is being privatized, how do we give our children places to play that are affordable, safe and nearby? READ MORE>>

MITE MULTIMEDIA
The Elite Athlete Syndrome
How Finland Teaches Body Contact
JUST FOR COACHES
PRACTICE PLANS FOR ON-ICE
"3-on-3 Score Anywhere"

PRACTICE PLANS FOR DRYLAND
"Sitting Stand Up & Back to Back Stand Up"

Small-area games are game-like competitive drills that utilize a playing surface that has been reduced in size. A typical small-area game will be played in one end of the ice and can be played cross-ice, between face-off dots, in one corner, below the face-off dots or in any other number of areas, including the neutral zone.

 

The area of the rink being used is dependent upon the skills being taught. Most games are designed to teach a combination of individual skills and are most easily played in a cross-ice format. However, some games will be moved into a much smaller section of the rink to create a smaller playing surface while other games will take advantage of a much larger area to teach team skills such as breakouts or power plays.

 

SAMPLE ON-ICE DRILL

USA Hockey provides an abundance of material to help coaches design efficient and fun dryland training for the 8U age group. We will highlight some of those exercises here each month.


 

Ask your coaching coordinator or hockey director where you can get the dryland deck of cards, or contact AHAI's Coach- in- Chief. 

  

SAMPLE DRYLAND DRILL


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