Q: WHAT IS THE ATLANTIC DISTRICT BOYS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM? A: The goal of the Atlantic District Boys Player Development Program (PDP) is to offer a sixyear development program that delivers evaluation, exposure, and unique, high-level training and competitive opportunities to elite youth hockey players in the Atlantic District. The Atlantic District Player Development Program has dual missions:   As mandated by USA Hockey, we select the top 15-, 16-, and 17-year-old players in our District to participate in USA Hockey National Development Camps We offer high-level evaluation, training, and competitive opportunities to hundreds of players at the 12, 13, 14 and 15 levels The physical, emotional, and psychological health of every member of our community is our highest priority and we are committed to providing a safe environment for our players. Bullying is unacceptable in the Atlantic District Player Development Program, and we have Zero Tolerance for racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, homophobic, or ableist slurs or name-calling of any kind. All reports of hateful and discriminatory language will be thoroughly investigated, and offending players will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the Player Development Program. Q: WHAT ARE USA HOCKEY NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTAL CAMPS? A: Each year, USA Hockey gives each District a player allotment at the 15, 16, and 17 levels which varies from one year to the next and is based on demographic and performance data. Our 2021 allotment at the 15 level was 9 forwards, 6 defensemen and 2 goalies; our 16 allotment was 6 forwards, 5 defensemen and 1 goaltender; and at 17 our allotment was 6 forwards, 4 defensemen, and 1 goaltender. In addition, the National Team staff has an allotment of at-large spots at each level that allow them the flexibility to invite players who were not selected at the District level for various reasons, such as injuries or local allotment limitations. Players who are selected at the District level or are invited by the National Team staff attend the USA Hockey National Development Camps held Amherst, New York. These players are split into teams by camp staff and receive concentrated on- and off-ice training along with the opportunity to compete against their peers. During the week-long camp, players are evaluated by members of the National Team staff; the most promising 15 players are invited to participate in the National Team Development Program (NTDP) Orientation Camp and the most promising 16 and 17 players are invited to participate on the National Select Team and/or NTDP. Q: WHAT DOES THE ATLANTIC DISTRICT PDP OFFER FOR PLAYERS 15 AND YOUNGER? A: For the past twenty years, the Atlantic District PDP leadership has sought to broaden the program’s reach and serve as many players as possible. With the understanding that ice hockey is a late-developing sport, we have used the Long-Term Athlete Development Model to provide a growing number of players with exceptional training, exposure to a wide range of high-level coaches, and unique opportunities for travel and competition. Because the Atlantic District is geographically small, yet enjoys a high concentration of hockey professionals, we have been able to expand beyond our historical role as a clearinghouse for local talent and offer unique programs including:     The Quebec program for 12-year-olds, which gives 54 players the chance to train and compete at the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament in February on one of three District-run teams The Austria program, which gives up to 40 players the chance to spend a week training with and competing against teams throughout Europe A multi-day training & development camp for 14-year-olds, where up to 106 players receive on-ice and off-ice training The 15 Select Festival hosted by the Mid-Am District for 24-30 players who are not selected to attend the National Development Camp Q: WHAT IS LONG-TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT? A: Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) is a research-based model that has been successfully used around the world to help young athletes reach their maximum potential. LTAD focuses on developing players’ trainable capacities including stamina, strength, speed, skill, and suppleness while educating them in other areas that will affect their athletic achievement including nutrition, academics, and sport psychology. Q: HOW DOES THE PLAYER EVALUATION AND SELECTION PROCESS WORK? A: Ultimately, eva

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