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  • Writer's pictureSarah McQuade

UD and USOC host inaugural American Player Development Model (ADM) workshop

The University of Delaware, in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee and the Delaware Sports Commission (DSC), hosted the inaugural USOC American Development Model Workshop on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 18-19, at the University’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus and Bob Carpenter Center.

Dr Mat Robinson from the University of Delaware (standing), Chris Snyder (USOC) and Dr Nancy Targett (UD Vice President) welcomed NGBs to Delaware. The purpose of the conference was to enable participants to share strategies and best practices on how to best apply long-term athlete development principles within their sport, and learn from NGBs that have successfully implemented the ADM into their organizations.

Representatives from the USOC and more than 25 National Governing Bodies including USA Football attended, along with other key athlete development influencers from within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family. On behalf of USA Football, Sarah presented the work currently being undertaken on Football's Development Strategy (player pathway and associated coach development planning). Other sports including Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Swimming, Soccer and Wrestling also presented on their work to date.

USOC partnered with NGBs to create the American Development Model (ADM), which is designed to help Americans realize their full athletic potential and utilize sport as a path toward an active and healthy lifestyle. The five-stage model illustrates an athlete’s advancement through a preferred pathway, and supports a healthy sport experience based on the individual’s physical, mental and emotional development. By creating early positive experiences across all sports, the ADM aims to promote sustained sport participation, improve the well-being of future generations in the United States and grow the athlete pipeline from which U.S. Olympians and Paralympians are selected.

Find out more about the ADM at

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