This coming season some exciting modifications are taking place for our 8U-Mite hockey programs that will benefit children in this age group. USA Hockey affiliates are in the process of transitioning to a new curriculum for mite age players called Red, White & Blue Hockey, otherwise known as Mite Cross-Ice Hockey. Click HERE to download brochure. Red, White & Blue Hockey is a part of the American Development Model (ADM), which is a long-term athlete development program for all youth players from ages 4 – 20.
New Mite Program for USA Hockey & Illinois: Illinois Transitions to Red, White & Blue Hockey
The ADM puts the development of the athlete above all else and provides optimal skill development at ages when those skills can be most effectively acquired. USA Hockey created the ADM through many years of studying the best practices of hockey development programs around the world, as well as general athlete development programs used by all sports. The ADM is fully endorsed by the National Hockey League and is a development model for players of ALL ability levels. The Red, White & Blue program builds a strong foundation of skills and the structure promotes an environment that is fun, yet challenging. Age-appropriate playing surfaces keep more players involved in the game and provides more opportunity for all players to develop their skills, handle the puck more, score more goals and have more fun. Click HERE to continue article.