American Development Model (ADM)

The ADM is a “cradle-to-grave” concept, and like many other facets of human development involves the process of growth, maturing, and progress in all facets of the sport. With that said, coaches often focus upon the skills and drills and teaching the game; however, overall athlete development involves not only sport-specific skills and an understanding of the game, but also understanding kids while developing general athleticism and fitness, fundamental movement skills, recovery, nutrition, and mental skills. This holistic athlete development approach addresses the four domains of sports performance.

Technical – sport skills

Tactical – game IQ

Physical – fitness and athleticism

Psychological – focus, motivation, etc.

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