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If you are not familiar with the term American Development Model, it is a method of providing guidelines to hockey associations that will help kids love the game of hockey. In a typical hockey game, the kids are playing on a full sheet of ice, much in the same way that professional NHL players play the game. So the purpose of an ADM practice is to make hockey fun by keeping the kids attention and implementing practices that focus on the fundamentals of the game. For an ADM practice, there is typically 3 teams on the ice for each individual practice. Each Practice is managed by certified hockey coaches from each of these teams, so in theory you could have 9 - 12 coaches on the ice for each practice. The nice thing about that, is the kids can get individual attention from a coach if needed when executing the drill at a given station. The stations target a specific area that focuses on a hockey fundamental, and the kids rotate among the different stations during the practice. At the end of every practice, every player has had a chance to practice the drill at every station. The fundamentals that are taught can vary from practice to practice, but typically these stations focus on skating, puck handling, and shooting. The disadvantage to an ADM practice is the lack of work on promoting teamwork that is needed to prepare for a game. Since the entire practice focuses on the different fundamentals, there is no time left to work on positioning or game preparation for an upcoming game. Ideally I would like to see a split between ADM practices and team practices so the kids can learn the best of both worlds. While and ADM practice seems valuable, there is definitely some work needed to help the kids with game preparation skills. I have no doubt practices will get better as the hockey season goes on, and I'm looking forward to seeing how this will develop as the season progresses.
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