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September 2015

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USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM SEPTEMBER. 2015 21 ADM PLOTS A COURSE FOR THE FUTURE SUCCESS I T'S BEEN SIX YEARS since USA Hockey unveiled the American Development Model as a way of chang- ing the culture of hockey, a culture that placed too much emphasis on competi- tion at too young an age with not enough time and energy spent on age-appropriate training for our kids. With the backing of the National Hockey League, USA Hockey set out to change the way we train our athletes. Rooted in sports sci- ence and based on the principles of long-term athlete development, the ADM is a bottom-to-top approach that places the athlete first so that each player can reach his or her potential. With a solid foundation in place at the 8 & Under level, the time has come to expand the focus to show how age-appropriate training can benefit all players from Mites to Midgets. AHEAD AHEAD FULL SPEED

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