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  1. Richard Bercuson says:

    …and now 10 indisputable reasons why cross-ice hockey will never happen in Canada (aside from in the odd “radical” association, if you can find one):
    1 – There’s no will, let alone suggestion, at Hockey Canada to do it for little kids as a long term approach
    2 – Even though everyone with an iota of common sense knows the game for under 10s has the wrong rink size, rules, puck, and nets, no one is willing to do anything about it.
    3 – USA Hockey has done a magnificent job with the ADM program and cross ice. But because it’s not us who “invented” it, our arrogance will not let us go forward.
    4 -Too many gold medals. As long as we keep winning, why change the approach with the young ‘uns?
    5 – Naysayers claim you can twist facts to mean anything you want. As U.S. Senator Daniel Moynihan said, “You’re entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.” When we’re talking about improving child involvement and fun in the sport, then yes, more is better. Much, much better.
    6 – Branches of Hockey Canada have such autonomy that they’d never vote in such an approach.
    7 – People are unable to draw proper comparisons between adapting hockey for kids and any other child-centred activity. There is no activity, sport, game, or school environment for kids anywhere that has not adapted for children – except Canadian hockey.
    8 – Development people in Canada know its worth and that it should be done. But development people don’t run hockey associations.
    9 – Arguments against it here frequently cite logistical matters such as the cost of rink dividers, where to store small nets, how referees won’t get trained, etc. What’s the priority here?
    10 – Leadership

  2. Craig Shaw says:

    I have been lucky enough to be involved with a cohort at a minor hockey club in Victoria that has been a ‘radical’ group in this regard. Our 2005 group had benefited greatly from an approach very similar to the ADM. Our kids have dominated their competition in skating, skill and game sense. They are also kids who really enjoy the game and are great sports for the most part. Our Victoria Racquet Club Kings B team of ’05s and ’04 (who played tier 4 the previous year) were placed in tier 1 and were in the middle of the pack. This has never been done before as far as we know. Half of these kids played on the Island Stars Spring Program for a short six week season before a summer break. They won the AAA banner at the Challenge Cup, one of the largest tournaments in Western Canada attracting many of the best teams around. Island teams have never done this before. Although flow drills have helped recently in their neutral zone timing and such, I believe that their first four years of ADM has made a very positive contribution to their development. Many of these boys also played or continue to playsmall area basketball, soccer and floorball.

    Although our coaching group was often ridiculed for our unorthodox methods early on (“what tag games? Soccer on ice?”), we seem to have silenced our critics and maybe have a convinced a few others that this is a very effective way to promote development, especially at the younger ages.

  3. Richard Bercuson says:

    Craig, that’s wonderful news. I’d appreciate you emailing me more detail about what you did, when, why, howe many kids, how did you set it up, is it still going, etc.

    Though I don’t much care about wins/losses etc, it is but one benchmark of how a program progresses. I’d like to know what the thoughts were of others who ran it.

  4. Craig Shaw says:

    Maybe a phone conversation would be best as there is a lot of detail. Dean Holden has my number and he may pass it on to you or give me yours if you like. The wins and losses are not important to me either, but that alone allowed us to continue on the Road Less Travelled.
    If we weren’t winning, we would have been canned or asked to go back to the Old School methods.

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