Key Outcomes

By creating early positive experiences for all athletes, the American Development Model will keep more Americans engaged in sport longer, with four outcomes:


I. Grow both the general athlete population and the pool of elite athletes from which U.S. Olympians and Paralympians are selected

TThe dropout rate for youth sport activity is at an all-time high in the United States. The American Development Model is designed to help increase youth participation in sport and encourage children to stay active longer. In effect, this will help maximize potential for future U.S. Olympians and Paralympians.

II. Develop fundamental skills that transfer between sports

Physical literacy is a foundational element of success in sport. Emphasizing basic sport knowledge, fundamental skills and multi-sport participation will enhance an individual’s mental and physical abilities. These basic development principles will help prepare children for a lifetime of activity – from recreational through elite levels.

III. Provide an appropriate avenue to fulfill an individual’s athletic potential

CWhether it leads to a lifetime of recreational play or high-performance competition, providing the proper foundation, developmentally appropriate activity and progressively challenging training and competition environments, will help an individual fulfill their athletic potential.

IV. Create a generation that loves sport and physical activity, and transfers that passion to the next generation

Sport participation emphasizes an active and healthy lifestyle at a young age. The American Development Model will improve the health and well-being for future generations in the United States.