USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM), which was implemented more than 10 years ago, has been critical in promoting a love of the game and growing participation at all levels of youth hockey. Using key tenants taken from research and best practices in youth sports, the ADM has become the leading model for long-term athlete development.
And today, innovative development methods and ideas continue to be shared both here in the U.S. and in other countries.
This past week, a group of representatives from the Swedish Ice Hockey Association (SIHA) and Finnish Ice Hockey Association (FIHA) travelled to the U.S. to meet with USA Hockey ADM regional managers, coaches, and teams in several states. The purpose of the week-long visit was to exchange information and ideas that each country’s governing body could use to enhance youth hockey development.
The representatives took part in meetings with parents, coaches and players, observing practices and games with teams at various youth levels. They were also treated to NHL and AHL games during their stay.