Playing too many games, which is fun, will burn the kids out - but having more practices, which are sometimes not fun, will not burn the kids out. Makes perfect sense.
Let's see how many mites burn-out and drop-out when they are playing full seasons of half-ice only."
Games don't burn kids out. Parents and coaches burn kids out. It's the decent players on those teams that are the most at risk, but the less skilled players may also experience a sort of "I keep traveling for hours each weekend and don't see squat for ice time" burnout. The more skilled players get the car coaching session on the way to the game, are many times kept on the ice for long periods and pushed, and then they get into the car to received the 2nd car coaching session on the way home. This is the reason for ADM. It is an attempt at forcing a dumba** control. Think about even the strong players in many of these regular association games. Even if they are scoring goals it is mainly on head man break aways because they were told to troll at the blue line or they are just faster in a straight line. There is no skill development there and it forces the defensemen to play out of position so they don't learn anything either. Now lets look at the less skilled players... 10 minutes of ice time the entire game and a coach and parents screaming for them to pass the puck as soon as it touches their blade. Wonderful development, huh. Touched the puck 3 times for 5 seconds. Pratices is where a kid is going to develop but only if they are good practices that are designed to work on specific individual skill sets at the young ages. Screw game strategy until peewees. Again, who gives sh*t if a kid knows how to cycle or break out if he can't skate or stickhandle.