AJH Player Development

12U Peewee Hockey
2013 – 14
Objectives: AJH Mission and Goals
Mission: Developing youth into young men and women
with strong character through the sport of hockey.
Goals 1: Players perform at their highest intellectual, physical, and
emotional capacity in the rink, and that performance positively
impacts their character and life off the ice
Goal 2: Coaches are widely reputed as being dedicated,
aligned/consistent, skilled and effective in both technical hockey
and youth character development
Goal 3: AJH makes hockey in valley welcoming, pervasive and
accessible to all who have an interest in playing
AJH Player Development
Instead of focusing on immediate results, AJH is committed
to a long term approach –
“Long Term Athletic Development”
• LTAD is a process that is firmly focused on the physical
and psychological growth of participants.
• LTAD defines different stages of player development
throughout childhood and adolescence.
8 STAGES of LTAD (Ice Hockey)
Active Start Stage
- FUNdamental movement skills
FUNdamental Stage - Developing ABC’s
Learning to Train
Training to Train
- Learning fundamental sports skills
- Building the "engine“ & consolidate
sports skills
Learn to Compete - Optimizing "engine" and refine
sport skills
Training to Compete
Training to Win
Hockey for Life
- Optimizing "engine" and refine
sport skills and performance
- Maximizing "engine“, skills and
Active Start
8 and Under
6 and Under
Learning to Train
12 and Under
10 and Under
Training to Train
16 and Under
14 and Under
Learning to
18 and Under
Training to
Junior, NCAA
Training to Win
19+ Junior, NCAA,
Hockey for Life
Learn to Train
• For girls, this stage covers the ages of 8 – 11; for boys,
the age range is 9 – 12.
• Participants are ready to acquire the specific skills
necessary to excel in hockey.
• This is the period of accelerated learning for
coordination and fine motor control.
• It is the critical stage for the acquisition of hockey skills
• Arguably the most important stage in athletic
Windows of Trainability
• Throughout the entire phase, the skills window of
trainability is open
• The central nervous system and body are at a crucial
point to acquire specific skills.
• By teaching correct training strategies at the appropriate
time, player development is maximized.
• This window relates to tracking the physical
development of each athlete, which is critical to identify
and apply the appropriate training methods.
Peak Height Velocity
• PHV refers to the point in which the rate of a player’s
physical growth is the greatest.
• Training both on and off the ice is structured with the
concept of PHV as a guide to differentiate and
individualize instruction.
• Monitoring growth occurs regularly during this stage by
measuring height every 6 weeks
Hockey Specific Development
• Technical development is the forefront of instruction.
• Emphasis is placed on teaching and continuously refining
proper skating and puck control skills with a clear and
underlying focus on technical execution:
– Learning and refining edge control skills for balance and
– Skating agility skills without the puck
– Refined skating skills with puck control skills (multi-tasking)
– Attacking skills (one-on-one, two-on-one, one-on-two or more
Hockey Specific Development
• As skill is acquired and mastered, speed with skill will be
heavily emphasized
• Body checking skills are introduced at 12U, including the
ability to deliver a check and receive a check.
• Offensive puck protection, support, and deception skills
are delivered through many forms of instruction.
Skating: change of pace, change of direction, spins
Puck control: fakes and dekes on a goalie
Passing: look off pass receiver, fake pass
Shooting: shoot off either foot, cadence – shoot in stride,
camouflage – screen shots
– looking off a shot, fake shot
Hockey Specific Development
• Systems play will be incorporated into drills and small
area games, and are part of a comprehensive classroom
education program
• Elements of coordinated attacks are taught and
practiced throughout this stage, including two-on-one,
two-on-two, three-on-two, two-on-three.
• Vocal communication and teamwork is the cornerstone
and a fundamental requirement for AJH.
Hockey Specific Development
• On and off ice activities will be structured to improve
rhythm and coordination, spatial awareness, reaction
time, balance, and agility
• Explosive strength is introduced, and general lower body
and core strength is incorporated into on-ice and off-ice
• Throughout the stage, players will develop and
continuously improve strength, endurance, and speed.
• Proper technical skill acquisition will dominate all
Measuring and Tracking Success
Player Evaluations (files)
Assessment of skill attainment and improvement (pre-mid-end)
Off ice athletic evaluation (pre-mid, end of season)
Skating stride video analysis (pre and post season)
Coaches Evaluations
Formal (pre, mid, end of season)
Constant assessment of organization and execution
Coaching education is the key to providing the most for our players.
Aspen Junior Hockey Coaches Corner
2012 – 2013 Team Options
Based on the number of players and the player pool, AJH has
the opportunity to provide the following options (which
have been approved by CAHA):
Option 1
Peewee AA Full Season Team in CCYHL
9/3 2013 - Peewee tryouts begin (league mandate)
Nine teams (2012-13), same or less in 2013-14
League games begin October 4
16 league games; 4 teams make playoffs
Team competes in 3-4 tournaments
No Regional or National Tournament at 12U AA
No commitment from teams regarding travel to Aspen
Expenses include: league fees, extra ice fees, travel, and
tournament expenses
• AJH must also field a Peewee A and Peewee B team in CDYHL
Option 2
Peewee “AA” Tournament Team through AJH
Players Selected from all AJH 12U teams (open tryouts)
Team competes in 3-4 tournaments (10-20 extra games)
Tournaments will not interfere with CDYHL schedule
Team participates in AJH 12U AA Division of Fall Faceoff
Players are provided practice time prior to tournaments
Extra expenses (in addition to season fee): tournament
fees, travel and lodging for coaches, and practice ice
• AJH fields 2 “A” team(s) and 1 “B” team in the CDYHL
Option 3
Peewee “AA” Tournament Team through CDYHL
Players Selected from all CDYHL 12U teams (open tryouts)
No minimum player requirement for clubs
Team competes in 3-4 tournaments (10-20 extra games)
Tournaments will not interfere with CDYHL schedule
Players are provided practice time prior to tournaments
Extra expenses: tournament fees, travel and lodging for
coaches, and practice ice paid to CDYHL
• AJH fields 2 “A” teams and 1 “B” team in the CDYHL
• AJH fields 1 “A” team and 2 “B” teams in the CDYHL
Aspen/Glenwood/Eagle 12U House League
Still developing for 12U
House practices and games during the week
Games to be played against Glenwood and Eagle
Jamboree format utilized for games
Each club to host at least 2 Jamborees
Questions and Discussion
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