It was in college that Moed realized the value of full skill development, particularly for late bloomers like she had been.
“I could really skate, move the puck, and I had a great shot,” Moed said. “As far as girls now, we constantly reiterate it’s still academics [first]. Hockey can be a tool to get somewhere they might not have gotten without it. It certainly proved true for me.”
In its three years of existence, Elite Girls teams have either won or appeared in the Mid Atlantic Women’s Hockey Association (MAWHA) finals while its first graduating class sent one player to a Division I school. The program has fully embraced USA Hockey’s American Development Model of age-appropriate guidelines and, beginning this season, will have two of the three practices per week will be station-based. The concerted focus of skill development reaffirms Moed’s commitment to making skill development a top priority for every player.
“We’ve never shied away from saying we are a skill-based program,” Moed explained. “It took a while for the parents to get used to the fact that this is the focus of our program. Yes, we’ll still have the competition, but we’re not sacrificing that skill element in lieu of the competition.”
While there are a handful of male coaches in the program, most are women who, like Moed, played at the collegiate level. Moed believes it is important girls receive training from coaches who are not only the best in the business, but can identify with the culture of being a female in a sport typically dominated by males.
“There’s enough of us [women] now who have played and have coaching experience, that we should be involved in the game,” Moed said. “When players see someone who has achieved their goals, that helps with aspiring them to continue in the sport.”