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The American Development Model, created by the United States Olympic Committee and first introduced by USA Hockey, serves as a framework for long-term athlete development. USA Football will use a similar blueprint to develop and pilot a new pathway for youth players and coaches. The ADM joins heads up football in USA Football’s ongoing commitment to advancing the sport for millions of young athletes across our nation.
Flag Football → Rookie Tackle → 11-Player Tackle
Like other sports, USA Football maintains the integrity of the game while introducing a player pathway.
A bridge game between flag football and 11-player tackle, Rookie Tackle is designed to introduce young athletes to tackle football. In alignment with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s American Development Model (ADM), USA Football is piloting Rookie Tackle game play this fall as part of a long-term athlete development pathway. This version of football delivers a progression practiced in a variety of sports, including tee-ball to “coach pitch” to “player pitch” in baseball.