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Tryouts Announced!
01/21/2016
Tryout Schedule Tryouts will be held at Breakaway Ice Center in...
Open House & Free Skate At Breakaway
01/20/2016
OPEN HOUSE AND FREE SKATE AT BREAKAWAY ICE CENTER FOR MITE &...
COACHES WANTED!
01/15/2016
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN COACHING? The Boston Jr Rangers are currently...
More Than Just Mites
01/07/2016
  The ADM Looks To Expand Its Focus Heading Into...
 
Tryouts Announced!

Tryout Schedule

Tryouts will be held at Breakaway Ice Center in March.  All teams have 2 tryout dates and times.  It is strongly recommended to attend both tryout sessions.
There will be 2 teams at the '07 - '02 years.
One full season and one half season at the '02 birth year.
 Midget teams are half year (2 U16 teams).

 

Mite Major       March 7    Monday              5:30
2008                 March 9   Wednesday        5:30

Squirt Minor     March 8     Tuesday            5:30
2007                 March 9     Wednesday       5:30

 

Squirt Major     March 7    Monday             6:40
2006                 March 9    Wednesday       6:40

 


Peewee Minor   March 8   Tuesday            6:40
2005                  March 9   Wednesday       6:40

 


Peewee Major   March 7    Monday            8:00
2004                  March 9    Wednesday      8:00

 
 
Bantam Minor   March 8    Tuesday           8:00
2003                  March 9    Wednesday      8:00

 


Bantam Major   March 14   Monday          6:50
2002                  March 16   Wednesday    6:50

There will also be a 1/2 year team at this level.
 


U16 Midgets     March 15     Tuesday       6:00
2001 - 2000      March 17     Thursday      6:00

 

U18 Midgets    March 15     Tuesday         7:40
1999 - 1998     March 17     Thursday        7:40

 

 

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by posted 01/21/2016
Open House & Free Skate At Breakaway
OPEN HOUSE AND FREE SKATE
AT BREAKAWAY ICE CENTER FOR
MITE & SQUIRT BOYS AND U14 & U12 GIRLS


The Boston Junior Rangers and the North Shore Vipers are holding an open skate for players who are interested in playing with our organization.

Monday, February 22
   
   5:00 - 5:50 PM

       Mite Development Program - new players only        

 Birth Years -  '08,'09,'10 

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 6:00 - 6:50 PM
BJR Squirts - for new players only

 Birth Years - '06, '07
 
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7:00 - 7:50 PM
     NSV U12 & U14 - for new & current players
Birth Years - '04, '05 & '02, '03
 
 
 

by posted 01/20/2016
COACHES WANTED!

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN COACHING?

The Boston Jr Rangers are currently looking for coaches at the 2007 and 2008 (and possibly a few more) levels for the 2016/17 season.  Next year we will have two teams at the '07 level (Elite and Select) and one team at the '08 level.

We welcome all applications for these positions.  Coaches will have to be certified with USA Hockey prior to the start of next season.  Interested coaches please email our youth director   and/or fill out the coaching application listed on the left side bar.


by posted 01/15/2016
More Than Just Mites

 

The ADM Looks To Expand Its Focus Heading Into The Future

The wider the base, the taller the pyramid. It’s a concept as old as the Egyptians and as solid as the Sphinx.

Herb Brooks talked about it whenever he brought up the development of future generations of American hockey players. Still, there was no way the architect of the “Miracle on Ice” could have imagined how far the sport has advanced since the advent of the American Development Model.

When it was unveiled in 2009, the plan was to slowly introduce it at the grass-roots level and build it from the ground up. That meant focusing on the development of hockey at the 8 & Under level. 

The cornerstone of the effort was the implementation of cross-ice hockey, which creates a more age-appropriate playing surface for younger players. The smaller ice sheet affords players more opportunities to touch the puck and enjoy the thrill of scoring goals. Along with improved fun came better skill development, which provides a solid foundation for the future.

But, a funny thing happened over the course of the first five years of the program’s existence. The ADM became synonymous with Mite cross-ice hockey, and the push to expand the program onward and upward never gained much traction.

“Because we launched the American Development Model at the 8 & Under level, people assume that it’s all cross-ice hockey. And it’s not,” says ADM Regional Manager Bob Mancini. 

“The ADM is a comprehensive plan of development that starts from the ages of 8 & Under and goes all the way through 18 & Under.

“The message that I want to give to parents is to take a look at the ADM and understand that it really is about delivering to your child what’s important at each age group.”

Now that a strong foundation has been laid, it’s time to raise the roof. That’s why, heading into the 2014-15 season, there will be a shift in the approach Mancini and other ADM regional managers will take as they hit rinks around the country touting the benefits of long-term athlete development and age-appropriate training. 

“As we’ve committed to this development model at the younger ages, it’s time to put a little bit more of the focus on making sure there’s quality training and quality practices for our older kids,” says Roger Grillo, an ADM regional manager who covers the New England states.

“If you’re going to go upstairs, you have to have a furnished bedroom. You can’t set the stage at the bottom and have nothing to go to.”

To be clear, the core principles of the ADM are not changing. The program’s managers and local volunteer coordinators remain committed to the sports science. All they’re doing is broadening the focus to take aim at the Squirt and Peewee levels in an effort to capitalize on the “golden age of skill acquisition.”

“Part of our goal this year is to get out and say, ‘Squirts and Peewees, this is not just a Mite thing; it’s an evolution all the way up to Bantams and Midgets,’” says ADM Regional Manager Matt Herr, who covers the New York and Atlantic Districts. “It’s age-appropriate training at all levels, and if you do this then your kid can reach their potential.” 

There are still small pockets of resistance that exist around the country, but critics and skeptics pale in comparison to the number of parents who have bought into the ADM and demand to see it adopted as their sons and daughters progress up the ladder of development.

“PART OF OUR GOAL
THIS YEAR IS TO GET
OUT AND SAY,
‘SQUIRTS AND
PEEWEES, THIS IS
NOT JUST A MITE
THING, BUT IT’S AN
EVOLUTION ALL THE
WAY UP TO BANTAMS
AND MIDGETS.’”

 “It’s gaining momentum quicker than we ever thought it would, and for people who have experienced well-run ADM programs, there’s no way they’ll accept anything less,” says Kevin McLaughlin, USA Hockey’s senior director of development who oversees the program.

The wave of momentum that started with Mites will only grow as more people buy into the ADM and understand that it is a program designed to help the individual, whether he or she is 8 or 18. The science behind the program is irrefutable as is the commitment of USA Hockey and the NHL to see it continue to grow. 

The first five years were devoted to changing a culture and creating a mindset that puts the athlete’s development ahead of simply playing games. With the base of the pyramid firmly in place, it is now time to see how high it can grow.

 “We still have some challenges ahead of us, but I think the ADM as a whole has been very well received and people have bought into it,” Grillo says. 

“It’s just a matter of fine tuning it and tweaking it, and putting out some brushfires that are out there around the country. I think we’re in a great spot, but we’ll be in a better spot down the road.”

 
Issue: 
 2014-09

http://www.usahockeymagazine.com/article/2014-09/more-just-mites


by posted 01/07/2016
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