Male Alberta Development Model (AAA)
The Male Hockey Alberta Development Model (ADM) provides guidance and direction so that elite player development is undertaken with recognition of the needs of the player and the teams involved. The guiding principle is that everyone will act in the best interest of the athlete’s ability to play at an elite level.
The Male ADM is based on four principles to create a system that better meet the needs of the athlete as he progresses through the system of development.
- Hockey Alberta establishes an outlined system of development that starts at Bantam AAA and concludes at Major Junior (Bantam AAA, Minor Midget AAA, Midget AAA, Junior A, and Major Junior). All Elite Leagues and Local Minor Hockey Associations are to focus on moving players through the system to the next level.
- A mechanism is developed to encourage communication between Elite Level Leagues on matters related to the Development Model.
- The Alberta Development Model will include criteria to determine an appropriate number of Teams within each League and the terms and conditions under which these Teams will operate. Elite Level Teams will provide elite level opportunities for the top players within their Boundaries.
- Establish an Affiliation structure that accommodates athlete development under the development model. Leagues and Teams within the development system shall be known as the “Elite Stream” of hockey.