What is the USA Field Hockey American Development Model? (Photo by USA Field Hockey)


The USA Field Hockey American Development Model (ADM) is a guiding framework to promote, develop and grow the game. The ADM:

  • Welcomes and includes all participants by supporting the many roles people can enjoy through the game of field hockey
  • Maximizes fun, enjoyment and retention by focusing on what, when and how to teach, train and play
  • Inspires a lifelong love of field hockey by providing opportunities for lifetime engagement

In the United States, people discover field hockey at different ages and stages of life. Some are lucky to pick up a stick as a young boy or girl, while others find field hockey in high school or even later.USA Field Hockey’s ADM provides a pathway for people to get into the game and enjoy the many roles the sport offers: athlete, parent, coach, umpire or avid supporter. Field hockey is a sport for life, with opportunities for grassroots growth and recreational and elite competition for youth through older adults. It’s never too late to pick up a stick, or a whistle, and fall in love with field hockey.


USA Field Hockey’s ADM was developed in partnership with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee and applies long-term athlete development principles to create a strong foundation for sustained physical activity, participation in sports, Olympic and Paralympic success, and lifetime engagement.


USA Field Hockey provides tools, resources, equipment and programs to support the 5 Stages of the American Development Model (learn more in the tabs below) and all roles within the sport that help to achieve our mission: Grow the Game. Serve Members. Succeed Internationally.


Join USA Field Hockey today to gain access to additional ADM resources and be a part of the USA Field Hockey Family.

Graphic with the American Development Model's five stages of development
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Stages of Development

There are many roles to enjoy in field hockey. Whether you are (or aspire to be) a field hockey coach, player, program leader, teacher, umpire or fan, USA Field Hockey has resources, tools, programs and equipment to support and inspire you. Click below to learn more.

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ADM Information