USA Football today announced members of its Football Development Model Council to guide the formation of the first national application of a long-term athlete development model for the sport.
Aligned with the U.S. Olympic Committee’s American Development Model, the Football Development Model (FDM) centers on physical literacy and developmentally appropriate skill instruction. The FDM serves as a framework for how football is presented, practiced and coached from youth through adulthood, spanning varying game types and options.
“The FDM is an athlete’s roadmap – at any age – to enjoy the fun of football by participating in sport activities that are developmentally appropriate physically, mentally and socially,” said DR. BRIAN HAINLINE, chairman of the Football Development Model Council and the Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA. “Part of the model’s forward thinking is that you learn to become an athlete before you learn to become a player. When sports programs adopt the FDM, athletes will perform better, play longer and gain a lifelong path to athleticism, health and wellness through football.”
“Our FDM Council is a tremendously diverse and knowledgeable group of experts,” said USA Football CEO SCOTT HALLENBECK. “Each member will help deliver a first for our football family, employing a holistic framework to reimagine how football is played, coached and experienced.”
More about USA Football’s Football Development Model resides here.
Football Development Model Council
Medical/Child Development Specialists
Long-Term Athlete Development and American Development Model Specialists
Football Subject Matter Advisors