USA Hockey is among more than 25 national governing bodies participating in the United States Olympic Committee's inaugural American Development Model workshop today and tomorrow at the University of Delaware.
The event represents a partnership between the USOC and NGBs to deliver long-term athlete development benefits to the entire American sporting landscape through a program that guides athletes' advancement and supports healthy sport experiences.
USA Hockey, which launched its ADM in January 2009, granted ADM name and logo usage rights to the USOC last year in support of its effort to help every American athlete reach full potential.
“While the USOC has been behind our efforts related to the ADM since its inception six years ago, there's no better endorsement of what we're doing than to have them ask to use the name, logo and blueprint associated with the program throughout the entire Olympic movement,” said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. “We solicited input and research from many over the course of establishing our ADM, including those in the Olympic family, and we've had the chance to see first-hand the benefits of the model to athletes of all ability levels, from elite to recreational. We're certainly proud of what we've done and we'll continue working to improve the overall experience for everyone involved in our sport.”
USA Hockey's ADM is based on age-appropriate, age-specific training and competition utilizing long-term athlete development principles.
“We embrace the long-term athlete development principles that allow American youth to maximize their full potential.” — Scott Blackmun, USOC chief executive officer
“Research has shown the importance of fun, age-appropriate participation as crucial in the development of elite athletes. We are seeing promising signs from young athletes who are excelling thanks to these fundamental principles, which are centered on universal access, developmentally appropriate activities, multi-sport participation, quality coaching and fun.” — Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance
In concert with the U.S. Olympic Committee hosting its inaugural American Development Model workshop, Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal published an incisive look at youth sports in America, including an examination of how the ADM has helped nationwide youth hockey participation rates climb 44 percent. Click the icon below to read more.