Advanced Development Program (Guelph Minor Hockey Association)

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The Advanced Development Program (ADP) acts as a bridge from the SD3 program and House League to Representative (REP) hockey. ADP takes the existing development structures mentioned in some previous programs, and enhances the model to offer a more competitive and challenging environment. For the players ready to take on that challenge, this program is more appropriate than SD3 listed above.

ADP can be summed up as a skills development program that includes; power skating to improve skating ability; on-ice hockey related skill development; and dryland training to develop off-ice skills. ADP runs drills in 2 types of development forms:

  1. Small Area Games: these fun and competitive hockey drills done in a smaller area to increase intensity of drills and allow for more interaction.

  2. Station-Based: these are drills that are setup in various stations on the ice specifically focused on individual skill development.

Goals for ADP

  1. Create a fun and positive learning environment.

  2. Have qualified instructors overseeing both on and off-ice development.

  3. Follow the Hockey Canada Development Guidelines.

  4. Athletes playing and practicing with other similarly skilled players.

  5. To be a representative (rep) hockey initiation program that bridges the gap from house league to rep hockey.

Registration Process

To register for ADP, it is done as every other program. Going through the registration process, you will select the appropriate program based on your child’s age and complete the registration. Therefore, you will be looking to register for the U8 program. Every child with the birth year equivalent to the U8 program will register this way. To tryout for ADP is a separate process mentioned below.

Tryout Process

What are tryouts?

  1. Tryouts are scheduled skates by the GMHA to allow players to showcase their skills and to be evaluated. Evaluators use these tryouts to determine the selection of each team.

  2. To tryout for ADP, you will need to purchase a tryout pass. This is done online through a very similar process to registration. You will see the option to purchase a “rep tryout pass” through the registration process. The specifics may vary each year, but annually information will be provided and released through the GMHA website and social media outlets with the instructions. You MUST register and purchase a tryout pass to be eligible to make an ADP team.

  3. Tryouts typically begin mid-September, and the details of when/where will be made available along with the tryout registration information as mentioned above.

  4. Players will attend the tryouts, where they are evaluated by Independent Evaluators, who assess each player’s current skill set and place them with similarly skilled players for optimal development.

  5. Parents will be notified if their child was selected or not by email approximately 1 week after the final tryout date by email.

For more information on specifics, you can find detailed information specific to each age group, you can follow the links below:
U8 ADP Information
U9 ADP Information