ADM Practice by hkksew3563rd

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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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