It's fun to play games and compete.

The USA Field Hockey American Development Model provides a progressive approach to preparing athletes, coaches and umpires for long-term success, not just success today. By providing developmentally appropriate games and competition formats, players get to play in ways that align with their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development.


The ADM is all about age and stage appropriate learning, how and when to coach, train and play, and offering the right competition at the right time.


Fun small-sided game format for beginners.
Common half-field format for athletes under the age of 14, or when facilities or number of players dictate a smaller game. Official full field outdoor format for high school, college and all FIH and international Olympic competitions.

Indoor format, officially played 6v6, is played on a smooth surface with side boards and a separate set of rules from outdoor format.
  Outdoor 5v5 format with boards marling the field perimeter with a separate set of rules, introduced by the FIH in 2014.
Outdoor small sided-game format that is played with modified equipment on a sand surface.

Small-sided game format that can be played on any surface with flexible rules and equipment.

  Playing format and guide for children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities.