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Rookie Tackle, a 2017 pilot program, serves as a bridge-game between flag football and 11-player tackle – part of USA Football’s adoption of the United States Olympic Committee’s American Development Model (ADM).
Flag Football → Rookie Tackle → 11-Player Tackle
Rookie Tackle was created with input from youth football league leaders throughout the United States, who have modified the rules of the game based on player development. USA Football is committed to continue to consult with commissioners, youth & high school coaches and parents to improve the experience for young players.
A small sided game to maximize player skill development and enjoyment at younger levels.
Like other sports, USA Football maintains the integrity of the game while introducing a player pathway.
Allows leagues with limited registered players to field more teams.
Participants rotate and learn multiple positions and skills on offensive and defense.
Scaled to create an appropriate playing space for the age and abilities of younger athletes.
Allows leagues to utilize field space more efficiently.
Provides a greater coach-to-player ratio to foster individual attention and skill development.
Rule modifications result in more snaps on offense and defense for younger players.
The American Development Model, created by the United States Olympic Committee and first introduced by USA Hockey, serves as a framework for long-term athlete development. USA Football will use a similar blueprint to develop and pilot a new pathway for youth players and coaches. The ADM joins heads up football in USA Football’s ongoing commitment to advancing the sport for millions of young athletes across our nation.