10UAA (2011-2012 BIRTH YEARS)
The Alaska Grizzlies 10U program is a Squirt Tier 2 competitive travel and development hockey program for players of advanced skill levels who wish to be placed on an Alaska Grizzlies 10U team that employs the fundamental curriculum of USA Hockey’s American Development Model (ADM) with added AKG Enhancements. The Alaska Grizzlies 10U program focuses on accelerated learning of coordination and fine motor control and is the critical stage for the acquisition of hockey skills. The primary ice times will be Monday-Thursday in the early evenings for practices and Friday, Saturday and sometimes Sundays for games (excluding travel weekends). Ice sheets at the 10U level consist of full ice, half ice, and additional shared possibilities for 60 minutes. Game formats will be a mixture or half ice and full ice in compliance with ASHA rules. There will be assessments to ensure all teams are formed based on evaluated skill knowledge in groups of 10-13 skaters and 1-2 goalies. At the 10U level, players will begin to transfer skills and concepts from practices to games. Group interaction, team building and social activities are also emphasized. A balance of practice and games will promote the continued development and mastery of key hockey skills.
10UA (2011-2012 BIRTH YEARS)
The Alaska Grizzlies 10UA program competes and trains at the Squirt A (Tier 3) level through the Alaska State Hockey Association in the recreational division. The development program for the Alaska Grizzlies competitive teams, the 10UA program focuses heavily on skater skill acquisition while introducing team concepts in preparation for the next level. Unlike the intense travel schedule of the AA program, the development team will play almost it's full schedule of games locally or part of tournaments and festivals within the state of Alaska. This season will help the development of players and follow the recommended USA Hockey ADM model with a few Grizzlies enhancements. This team is designed for players who are motivated to grow and develop as athletes both on and off the ice.
12U AA (2009-2010 BIRTH YEARS)
The Alaska Grizzlies 12U travel program competes alongside other 12U Pee Wee Minor teams in the Alaska State Hockey Association. Teams focused on the second half of the Learn to Train phase of USA Hockey's ADM model enjoy up to 100 ice sessions in a normal season at 4 times per week or more with additional off-ice sessions added to the mix. This phase is just prior to the beginning of the growth athlete's spurt, and gives players the best opportunity to learn and begin to master fine motor skills that can be used in combination with other skills. In most cases, what is learned or not learned in this stage will have a very significant effect on the level of play that is achieved later on. 60+ minute ice sessions allow our expert coaches to begin to focus on the mastery of skills in the athletes through competitive, structured practices that continue isolate the improvement of individual skills. Teams are made up of 12-13 skates and 2 goalies to allow optimal development and ensure all skaters get introduced to all situations during game play.
14U A (2007-2008 BIRTH YEARS)
At the 14UA level, AKG strategically focus on further developing sports specific skills with the introduction of competition – and start to emphasize support training to continue development of speed, strength and stamina while maintaining flexibility. This vital stage in the development model – known as the Train to Train stage – athletes begin to consolidate sport specific technical skills with an increased emphasis on hockey and a reduction in the number of other sports played. By putting a continued emphasis in development of individual and group tactics, the Grizzlies organization sets the athlete up for their best chance of advancement. Social and emotional considerations are addressed as well by providing an avenue for team-building, group interaction and social activities. The team will skate 3-4 times per week with a combination of team and individual skill sessions which can include games and in-state travel to tournaments this season providing an avenue to develop an athlete’s skills and helping facilitate achievement of their goals of advancing to the next level in hockey.
The 16UA level is where your athlete acquires the important skill and character trait of Learning to Compete. Now that your athlete has reduced the number of sports played to focus on the next stage of competition – this stage prepares athletes for that environment while continuing to refine technical skills, ancillary skills, and further developing physical attributes. The primary focus is on optimizing fitness preparation and to begin to specialize in ice hockey. Training is individualized to the athlete’s particular needs in skill development, mental preparation, fitness and recovery. During this stage, training volume will increase, as does training intensity. Competitions become more important and the focus shifts to performance. Training will stress the development of position specific technical and tactical skills under competitive conditions. Mental skills that contribute to performance are also emphasized. The team will skate 4-5 times per week with a combination of team and individual skill sessions which can include games and in-state travel to tournaments this season providing an avenue to develop an athlete’s skills and helping facilitate achievement of their goals of advancing to the next level in hockey.