American Development Model


USA Hockey has conducted extensive research into the best practices for hockey and child development around the world, culminating in the creation of the American Development Model (ADM). This groundbreaking program is designed to benefit all ages, talent levels, and organizations involved in hockey. By implementing the principles of the ADM, we can ensure a brighter future for the sport and for the development of young athletes.

Since the 2012-13 season, USA Hockey has shifted its focus to the development of 8-and-under players. As part of this initiative, the organization has introduced Red, White & Blue Hockey, a cross-ice program that prioritizes skill development and enjoyment over winning and losing.

Several years ago, at the annual New York State Amateur Hockey Association meeting, member associations (including Amherst Youth Hockey) voted overwhelmingly to implement a policy requiring all mite and younger players to participate exclusively in cross-ice programs starting in the 2012 season and in every subsequent season.

To ensure the best possible development for our young players, Amherst Youth Hockey has embraced the principles of the American Development Model (ADM). As an ADM Model Association since 2013, we are committed to providing opportunities for all ages and talent levels. Starting in the 2010-2011 season, we began implementing the Red, White & Blue Hockey cross-ice program at our Novice, Micron, and Mite levels, in accordance with the policy voted on by the New York State Amateur Hockey Association several years prior. By 2012, we were fully compliant with the directive, and we continue to prioritize skill development, sportsmanship, and enjoyment over winning and losing at all levels of play.

Below, you'll find a wealth of valuable information on the American Development Model, and Red, White & Blue Hocke

Still have questions concerning Amherst Youth Hockey's implementation of Red, White & Blue

Contact Amherst Youth Hockey's ADM Coordinator:

Tim DiGiulio - ADM Coordinator

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