Red, White and Blue Hockey is a program which promotes the integration of cross-ice practices and games into youth hockey – we can raise the level of creativity among players, increase player participation, and create a positive environment for kids to play, love and excel.
Mike "Doc" Emrick & Eddie Olczyk on Cross Ice Hockey
Why Cross Ice?
As it relates to cross-ice practices and games, you may be asking yourself a lot of whys and hows. "Why should my son or daughter practice in a way that doesn't look like how I perceive hockey to be? How will they learn the game if they're on the ice with 40 other kids?" Well, let's start with this fact:
HOCKEY IS THE ONLY MAJOR SPORT THAT DOESN'T SHRINK ITS PLAYING SURFACE TO MATCH THE AGE GROUP.
We would never consider having our children at 8 years of age play on a big league- sized diamond. Instead, they play on an appropriately sized Little League diamond. When attempting to teach your 8-year-old to play golf, you would not have them tee off from the black tees. Football shrinks the playing field. Soccer uses a smaller ball and smaller field. Basketball uses a smaller ball and lowers the rim.
In hockey, we have 6- to 8-year-old kids skating the full rink surface, hardly touching the puck. How can we expect our kids to develop their skills - or a passion for the game - if they aren't really participating?
Playing cross-ice hockey works for hockey players of all ages. From Mites to Olympians, players split up the ice surface to hone their skills. Not only that, but it's fun for everyone because everyone is involved. And with kids, the more they're participating; the more likely they'll develop a passion for the game.
Four Main Benefits to Red, White and Blue Hockey.
More Puck Time
Smaller spaces mean more opportunity for a player to touch the puck - and ultimately improve their game.
By shrinking the ice down to their level, kids can get more involved and learn skills quicker and easier.
Because multiple teams share the ice, parents save on ice time costs.
A smaller ice surface makes players of all skill levels think and act quicker, resulting in more frequent battles for the puck.
Red, White & Blue Hockey Video
Introduction to how the Red, White & Blue Hockey program helps young players.
Full-size boards for Cross-Ice Hockey Video
Short Video on the benefis of having the full-size boards for use in cross-ice games.
Red, White & Blue Hockey Resources
Red, White & Blue Hockey Brochure
Red, White & Blue six and under practice plans
Red, White & Blue eight and under practice plans
MAHA Mite Hockey Handbook New July 16, 2011
MAHA Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Video
On Overview of the successful program run by Plymouth Hockey Association that was a forerunner to the ADM program and used many of the same principals. Narrated by Ron Hayes, Michigan Skill Development Coordinator.