Optimal Athlete Development - Ken Martel

Oct 07, 04:30 PM
With over 25 years of experience in player development and a long history as a coach with USA Hockey, Ken Martel was named technical director of USA Hockey’s American Development Model in May 2009. He is charged with helping provide a framework for associations nationwide to follow for optimal athlete development.


0:00 - Intro

1:34 – Growing Up

2:26 – Issues parents are facing in youth sports

7:40 – Hockey parents and scouting 

10:45 – Great characteristics of coaches

14:11 – Importance of continued education for coaches

20:31 – Ken’s USA Hockey work 

24:15 – Rolling out the ADM Model

27:28 – Experiencing and reversing 60% attrition 

33:47 – Differences between USA Hockey and Hockey Canada organizations

38:14 – Multisport opinions and strategies

45:58 – Personal sport specialization history

48:34 – World Juniors and World Championships 

52:16 – Success of Finland’s Hockey organizations

55:50 – Maintaining sport culture 

58:09 – Official attrition in America

1:00:42 – Ken’s proudest accomplishment  

1:02:54 – Book recommendations

1:04:44 – Tips for coaches to shave 5 years off their learning curve 

1:07:50 – Connecting with Ken and USA Hockey