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Coaches put to work in ADM’s training session

Monday, 10.03.2011 / 4:12 PM / Pittsburgh Youth Hockey Network
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Coaches put to work in ADM\u2019s training session

Coaches put to work in ADM’s training session

Mark Boyle



Spirits were high Saturday, Sept. 24 as coaches from across the nation came together at the CONSOL Energy Center for a unique training session hosted by the Penguins and USAH discussing the various elements of the new American Development Model.

ADM is a teaching method that divides the ice into six sections, where a group of skaters work on a specific skill for a few minutes before rotating onto the next station.

The idea behind this approach is to keep players engaged in a fast pace environment and to have them spend more time on the ice, interacting with each other and the puck.


Ken Martel, 46, has been charged with implementing this model across the country. Ken is a hockey lifer and lettered four years while playing for Lake Superior State University. Among his many achievements, Martel won the USOC ‘Doc’ Councilman Award for Ice Hockey, which is given to a coach who integrates sports techniques with science.

“We are shrinking the ice surface down to fit the players and increase activity level. By doing this, we can fit a few more players on the rink.”

As part of the implementation process, USAH Staff wants Youth Hockey Coaches to experience a practice from the player’s point of view. At 6:30 p.m., the coaches huddled in the center of the ice as the USAH Staff gave out directions before sending them off to their stations. At each station, a group of coaches met with that station’s instructor who would explain the activity they would be doing there.


 The separate sections let the coaches show off their talents. Some worked on their puck handling while others practiced passing, but overall, it was clear that every station was having fun. When the whistle blew, that station’s time was up, and it was time to move on to the next activity.

This quick pace kept the coaches energized and on top of their game.

“If I could find a group of buddies who wanted to do this, I wouldn’t have to go to the gym and run on the treadmill,” Boe Leslie, a youth hockey director from Baltimore, said.

Practice continued, and with every whistle blow, the coaches broke out into jumping jacks before rotating to the next station. 

The night ended as the coaches met with the instructors in the center of the ice for a final word and pictures. 

“Symposiums create great energy,” Leslie said. “There is a burst of creative new ideas to bring back for the kids. It was awesome.”

This quick pace kept the coaches energized and on top of their game. 

“If I could find a group of buddies who wanted to do this, I wouldn’t have to go to the gym and run on the treadmill,” Boe Leslie, a youth hockey director from Baltimore, said.

Practice continued, and with every whistle blow, the coaches broke out into jumping jacks before rotating to the next station.


The night ended as the coaches met with the instructors in the center of the ice for a final word and pictures.

“Symposiums create great energy,” Leslie said. “There is a burst of creative new ideas to bring back for the kids. It was awesome.”
 

For more information on USA Hockey American Developmental Model, please visit www.admkids.org

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