USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) has made huge strides since its 2009 inception. One of the program's original regional managers, Roger Grillo (www.admkids.com/rogergrillo), a successful college coach for 20 years before joining the ADM, provides a unique perspective on the ADM's successes and challenges. He also delves into practice and teaching approaches that are now tried and true, describing what he sees as the three key elements of a good practice.
This episode harkens back to a Feb., 2015, version of Grassroots the minor hockey show on Ottawa's TSN 1200 radio, hosted by Richard Bercuson and Gregg Kennedy. In it, they interviewed another ADM regional manager, Bob Mancini, who discussed the cross and half ice hockey approach USA Hockey had been employing. It was another three years before the smaller ice was made a cornerstone of Hockey Canada's new pathways program. To listen to that 2015 interview, visit: https://autopod.isilive.ca/podcasts/chum/206/29446/grassroots-feb7.mp3.