USJDP Junior Prep Camp: July 1-7, July 8-14

The USJDP Junior Prep Camp—the premier development and exposure camp in the United States—provides elite Junior, Midget and Bantam players (birth years 1992–1998) with the professional skill development and exposure necessary to better prepare them for Junior A and college hockey. Held at the University of Denver, one of the top collegiate arenas in the country, the camp is directed by NCAA, USHL and NAHL coaches and scouts and offers:

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Why Didn’t My Kid Make the Team?

A player may not make a specific team he or she is trying out for due to many things. Experienced hockey director and coach Angelo Ricci shares many of the reasons he has encountered over the years.

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Failing in School vs. Playing Sports: A Dilemma for Parents

Should poor grades keep a youngster from playing sports? There is no simple answer to this question, but parents need to consider two varying perspectives.

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Q&A: Do Canadians Really Check at Age 7?

We’re not just doling out advice to hockey parents here—we’re living the life. We’re at the practices, camps, games and tournaments, listening to the latest gossip and opinions about hockey development. Then, we go ask the experts for the real truth. For help with ADM issues, we turn to USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager Joe Doyle, who we have actually made laugh out loud with the rumors we hear. See what he has to say about the idea that Canadians are checking at age 7.

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ADM Q&A: Winning vs. Development

Q. In our last jamboree, my 8-year-old’s team played a team that is not using the ADM. That team beat every team by at least a 10-point margin, leading all the parents to bemoan the ADM as “setting us back.” How can you argue with results like that?

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ADM Q&A: Do Canadians Really Check at Age 7?

We’re not just doling out advice to hockey parents here—we’re living the life. We’re at the practices, camps, games and tournaments, listening to the latest gossip and opinions about hockey development. Then, we go ask the experts for the real truth. For help with ADM issues, we turn to USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager Joe Doyle, who we have actually made laugh out loud with the rumors we hear. See what he has to say about the idea that Canadians are checking at age 7.

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The Turning Point for a “Yeller”

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12 Tips for Successful Sport Parenting

Parents play a huge role in determining whether youth sports are a positive or negative experience for their kids. Although there is no set formula for success, there are some important guidelines for all parents to keep in mind.

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Winning vs. Long-term Development

Q. In our last jamboree, my 8-year-old’s team played a team that is not using the ADM. That team beat every team by at least a 10-point margin, leading all the parents to bemoan the ADM as “setting us back.” How can you argue with results like that?

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The Numbers’ Game

Possession, as they say, is nine-tenths of the law. In hockey, it may be worth even more. That’s what a comprehensive USA Hockey study suggests, adding statistical muscle to back the belief that puck skills are learned in practice, not games. From the smallest PeeWee to the most-talented Olympic player, the ability to effectively handle the puck is in short supply these days. Many coaches within USA Hockey attribute these diminished skills to a mindset that advocates more games and less practice.

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