FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29, 2015
USA Hockey Adds Three Model Associations
Distinguished nationwide roster grows to 20
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — USA Hockey announced today that three additional youth hockey organizations have earned designation as USA Hockey Model Associations, increasing the total number of model associations nationwide to 20.
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, 10-and-Under and 12-and-Under age classifications.
The newly designated model associations include the Grand Traverse Hockey Association (Traverse City, Michigan), the Walpole Express (Walpole, Massachusetts) and the Yale Youth Hockey Association (New Haven, Connecticut).
"We're excited to welcome these new 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 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 earn model association status.
Note: USA Hockey Model Associations span from coast to coast and now represent 14 states.
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Per USA Hockey and MAHA: Starting with 2010/2011 season, youth hockey player cell phones are not allowed in any locker room. With most kids having cell phones with cameras, there is a risk of inappropriate photos being taken and possibly being posted on the web. Hopefully, by keeping the phones out of the locker rooms, this can be avoided.
GTHA is taking this a step further and added to the policy by specifically saying any device capable of taking pictures or video are prohibited from the locker rooms.
GTHA thanks you for your understanding and cooperating with this new national rule.
GTHA is implementing the ADM model for all Mites.
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