COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today that six additional youth hockey organizations have earned designation as a USA Hockey Model Association, bringing the total number of model associations nationwide to 17.
With this designation, each has committed to fully implement programming dedicated to age-appropriate, age-specific skill development, in accordance with USA Hockey's American Development Model, throughout the 8-and-Under (mite), 10-and-Under (squirt) and 12-and-Under (peewee) age classifications.
The newly designated model associations include:
|Admirals Hockey Club||Glen Ellyn, Illinois|
|Colorado Rampage Hockey Club||Monument, Colorado|
|Nassau County Hockey||Hicksville, New York|
|Schenectady Youth Hockey Association||Schenectady, New York|
|Stongsville Youth Hockey Club||Strongsville, Ohio|
|Wildcats Youth Hockey Club||Riverside and Carlsbad, California|
"We're excited to welcome this next wave of model associations and we're excited for the kids who will benefit from the commitment of these associations to age-appropriate skill development," said Kevin McLaughlin, senior director of hockey development for USA Hockey. "By taking this step, these associations are making a strong move to offer the best possible competition and training environment for their players."
As a benefit of their Model Association designation, each association will receive support from USA Hockey to implement the ADM throughout their programs, including in-person coaches training, on-ice instruction and parent education from USA Hockey's national staff. Further, each program will also receive equipment, signage and educational resources from USA Hockey.
Every youth hockey organization affiliated with USA Hockey has the opportunity to be recognized as a Model Association by meeting development-centric criteria outlined here.
NOTES: The six new USA Hockey Model Associations join an existing roster that includes the Arvada Hockey Association (Arvada, Colorado), Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association (Littleton, Colorado), Colorado Springs Hockey Association (Colorado Springs, Colorado), Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (Kalamazoo, Michigan), Kettler Capitals (Kettler, Virginia), Kirkland Sno-King Hockey Association (Kirkland, Washington), Kirkwood Youth Hockey Association (Kirkwood, Missouri), Montgomery Youth Hockey Association (Montgomery, Maryland), New Jersey Bandits (Wayne, New Jersey), Orchard Lake United (Orchard Lake, Michigan) and the San Jose Junior Sharks (San Jose, California.)