NHL Analytics Tracking of 8U Hockey Players
Posted by Dean Holden at February 2nd, 2015
by USA Hockey, 29 January 2015
A cutting-edge NHL analytics team uses tracking technology for the first time ever to quantify cross-ice advantages for U8 players by contrasting games played in one-third ice, half ice, and full-ice. Watch the video to see the results:
Why do we insist on forcing young athletes to play using our unrealistic adult expectations: spaces, rules and equipment? There are age-appropriate sized barriers, nets, pucks, sticks, etc. available. Resistance to change, laziness is an excuse! Ask questions, petition your local minor sports association to implement these changes – and to modify league play rules where necessary – for the best possible development experience for our kids!
This goes for all youth sports, not just hockey! Search my site for other videos regarding the same topic: age-appropriate ice hockey, soccer, tennis, etc.
<Thank you USA Hockey for showing continual, positive leadership with your ADM model! I personally love it and have been implementing my own version of it, including our unique development curriculum incorporating Physical Literacy / Fundamental Movement Skills / Smart Transitional Games here in Canada, whenever and wherever possible – in hockey, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, tennis and rugby. We need more associations educating themselves and their stakeholders for everyone’s benefit! – DH>
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