Join us as we talk to John Luetkemeyer about how a youth sports organization went from a local disaster to national recognition based on volunteers changing how we trained players! It is an incredible conversation filled with nuggets of wisdom.

John has spent 25 years as a youth hockey coach working with players from mini-mite to high school. The last 15 years he has been a coach with the Kirkwood Youth Hockey Association, including 7 years as its Coaching Director. John researched, designed, and implemented a Mite Development Program for U6 & U8 in 2006; a format that Missouri Hockey mandated other clubs adopt in 2009.

Since 2011, John has spearheaded full adoption of the USA Hockey’s American Development Model, leading to the club’s designation as a USA Hockey Model Association in 2013 (currently only 23 in the entire country). In 2015 John turned the Coaching Director role over to his protege but remains on both the Board & Coaches Committee of the club.



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Highlights from the podcast with John Luetkemeyer:
Min 14 The club before making changes
Min 18 “As a club, we were losing 7 out of 10 games…”
Min 27 The anxiety level at our evaluations decreased substantially for our parents
Min 32 How the implementation process went down
Min 34 Redefining Success and Improvement (re-training the parents)
Min 41 Saying goodbye to those who don’t like the change
Min 44 When the parents “get it”
Min 49 Confidence drives participation in sport 
Min 50 The statistics of implementing this program
Min 59 “We are building better athletes” 
Min 1:10 Ten years after changing, we had SEVEN Teams make it to the state finals in the same year
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