USA Hockey Player Development News

8U: More Hockey, Less Space

Eight-year-old basketball players don’t shoot on the same size hoop that’s in the NBA. Little League pitchers aren’t throwing from a mound that’s the same distance at Yankee Stadium. With cross-ice games, hockey has become no different in accommodating young athletes. Parents like Sarah Fernandez have seen first-hand the benefits of cross-ice hockey. Here’s why it’s the right choice. READ MORE »
ABC'S OF ADM
(S) Speed
Children between the ages of 7-9 reside in the first of two optimal windows for development of athletic speed. Why is the cross-ice environment so critical here? READ MORE »
DID YOU KNOW?
Q: Why do
they use
blue pucks?
A: USA Hockey uses lightweight blue pucks at the 8U level, which are approximately two ounces lighter than standard black pucks. The blue puck allows the younger players to use proper technique in passing, shooting and stickhandling — similar to using a smaller ball in soccer or football.
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CROSS-ICE
Mites Skate to Success at AHAI Jamboree
Check out the fun Mite players in Illinois had in a recent weekend jamboree that used hard-ice dividers to split the full-ice sheet into three cross-ice surfaces.
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LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT
VIDEO: Understanding Talent
This short video was developed by Sportscotland to help young athletes understand what "talent" really is and how you can get good at sport. It's more of a choice than you might think. Everyone develops at their own pace. WATCH »