10U Squirt Hockey 2013

10U Squirt Hockey
2013 – 14
1. Personal Introduction
2. AJH Mission and Goals
3. Player Development Plan
4. 2013 – 14 Program Options
5. Questions/Discussion
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 for
10U players by measuring height every 3 months
Hockey Specific Development
• Technical development is the forefront of instruction
• Formal competition is introduced during this stage, but it
must not divert the focus from training
• Emphasis is placed upon teaching skating and puck
control skills with a clear focus on correct technical
• On and off ice activities will be structured to improve
rhythm and coordination, spatial awareness, reaction
time, balance, and agility
Hockey Specific Development
• Unstructured play at the 10U level is encouraged
• The “four-game situational roles” are introduced and
emphasized during this stage of development:
puck carrier
offensive support player
defender at the puck
defender away from the puck.
• Situational role knowledge and experience are acquired
in small area game play and situational drills, as well as
the incorporation of periodic classroom sessions.
Hockey Specific Development
• Small area games are used to apply core skills in decision
making situations
• Off-ice training is structured to increasing overall
• Nearly 70% of development time will be reserved for
training, 10% competition specific training, and 20%
• In addition to participating in Aspen Junior Hockey,
players are highly encouraged to participate in at least 23 complimentary sports (skiing, soccer, lacrosse, football,
Hockey Specific Development
• This stage of long-term player development is often
referred to as the sampling stage
• As players start to refine the choices for athletics, it is
important that AJH provides an environment that
promotes fun, pleasure and positive socialization
• During this stage, AJH encourages goal setting that is
process oriented, and encourages players to dream
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
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
Squirt “A” Tournament Team through CDYHL
Players Selected from all CDYHL teams only (open tryout)
No rule on minimum club participants
Team competes in 3-4 tournaments (10-20 extra games)
CAHA restricts all 10U players to 1 out of state tournament
Tournaments will not interfere with CDYHL schedule
Players are provided practice time prior to tournaments
AJH can host 12U team in 2013-14 for practices
Extra expenses: tournament fees, travel and lodging for
coaches, and practice ice
• AJH fields 2 Squirt “B” team(s) and 1 “C” team in the CDYHL
• AJH fields 1 Squirt “B” team and 2 “C” teams in the CDYHL
Aspen/Glenwood/Eagle 10U House League
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
Challenge Cup Registration Reminder
August 8 is the Deadline…

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