ADM (6U & 8U)

The ADM (American Developmental Model) Program is for younger players that have graduated from a Learn to Play (LTP) Program either at Springfield Nelson Center or their local association if they have recently moved into the area. This program is for players beginning to play hockey that focuses on skating development, stick handling, shooting, and developing a love for the game of ice hockey. The two levels of play in this program are 6U (Mini-Mites) and 8U (Mites) and is for birth years 2015 and after. This program registers through the Missouri Youth Hockey League just like the Springfield Kings travel teams.

This program is a joint partnership between the Springfield Youth Hockey Association and the Springfield Park District.

USA Hockey Association is changing the way they label all their programs to numbers instead of names but both are provided here for your information while the terms Mini-Mites and Mites is being phased out.


The ADM Program has two age levels within its program. The levels are 6U (Mini-Mites) and 8U (Mites).

6U is for players age 6 and younger. Birth years for this level are 2017 and after.

8U is for players age 8 and younger. Birth years for this level are 2015 and 2016.


The ADM Program will begin Wednesday, October 4th, 2023 and continues into March 2024.

Practices and Games:

October 4th, 2023 to March 9th, 2024.

Monday Skills:

October 2nd 2023 to March 4th, 2024


The Nelson Center located within Lincoln Park is Springfield, Illinois.

1601 North 5th Street

Springfield, IL 62702.

(217) 753-2800.

Games Times

Saturday 9:45-10:45 - Rink 1

Saturday 11:00-12:00 - Rink 1


Team Practices:

Wednesday nights as follows:

6U: 6:45-7:45 PM - Rink 2

8U: 6:45-7:45 PM - Rink 2

Monday Skills:

Elite Hockey

6U and 8U: 5:45-6:45 PM CST

(every other Monday) starting Oct 2nd:

ADM Skills

6U and 8U: 5:45-6:45 PM CST

(every other Monday) starting Oct 9th.


The ADM Program normally has scrimmages on Saturday mornings throughout the season. At times, teams from other local clubs in Illinois and the St. Louis area may be scheduled to come play the various Kings teams.

Players and teams in the ADM Program may also participate in scrimmages, jamborees, and tournaments located outside the Nelson Center. These are NOT mandatory and offered as additional development opportunities for the players. More information of these will come as the program begins as well as throughout the season when information and opportunities present themselves. Additional information will be given by Jacki Patterson, VP of Developmental Programs, and well as team managers throughout the season.


All players will need to purchase jerseys and socks for the program. These will be available through the PRIMO Design website link provided by SYHA once the program begins.

Players will need the following:

  1. Black and white reversible jersey with the Kings logo as well as player last name and number
  2. Purple jersey with Kings logo as well as player last name and number
  3. Black hockey socks

Players and families will also have the opportunity to purchase Bauer warm-ups, optional themed jerseys, and Kings merchandise from PRIMO Designs through web links provided by SYHA.

Extra Costs

SYHA registration fee of $50.00 covers costs for SYHA to roster the player with Missouri Youth Hockey League as well as administrative costs associated with this.

Players may choose to participate in additional scrimmages, jamborees, and tournaments at an additional cost. Each event normally has a different cost that is divided amongst the team attending. These are NOT mandatory. More information about these opportunities will be given by Jacki Patterson, VP of Developmental Programs, as the program begins and continues as information becomes available.

Monday Skills - $150 registration through SYHA website. Every Monday starting Oct. 2nd. Instructed by Elite Hockey twice every month.

Player Number

Players will receive their number from Jacki Patterson, VP of Developmental Programs, at the beginning of the season.

Players returning from last season can keep their numbers if they desire.

Player numbers for new players are based on availability as well as birth year.

Players born in even years will receive an even number and players born in odd years will receive odd numbers.

Registration Process:

  1. USA Hockey Registration
  2. Note: please list state affiliation as Missouri
  3. SYHA Registration: click REGISTER on right
  4. Springfield Park District Registration: Program #340401

Additional Questions?

Jacki Patterson

SYHA VP of Developmental Programs


Marty Strieker

(217)753-2800 x2003

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