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Early Positive Experiences: What is Age-Appropriate?

Roundtable

Event Program (12-page PDF)

Roundtable summary report

Hosted at the U.S. Open and sponsored by Nike, the roundtable convened more than 25 leaders and experts to consider the prospects of anchoring the disjointed U.S. sports system in the principles of age-/developmentally appropriate play, with the goal of meeting the needs of today's children -- all of them. The event was the first of four scheduled gatherings through March 2014 focused on how to grow the quality and quantity of youth coaches, given the critical role they play in delivering early positive experiences to children between the ages of 6 and 12 and helping kids create lifelong patterns of health and fitness.

Dialogue outcomes:

• Agreement on the core experience that all kids (recreational and elite) should have
• Momentum for the American Development Model as a model to be embraced across sport silos
• Alignment on the role that physical literacy plays in activating that model
• Support for the U.S. Olympic Committee in taking the lead in promoting that model
 

Materials: 

Research report on athletic development and children, Project Play report prepared by Mike Sagas, University of Florida’s Sport and Policy Research Collaborative

“The Sports Gene and Why Parents Need to Relax a Little,” Huffington Post column by Tom Farrey (9/3/13)

“Miracle on Ice,” ESPN magazine article on the American Development Model, by Tom Farrey (6/26/13)

What Do We Really Know About Athletic Development in Children? -- Moderated conversation with Sports Illustrated senior writer David Epstein, author of "The Sports Gene: The Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance"; and Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic medalist swimmer WATCH

Roundtable event photos

AGENDA

9:00am - 9:30am
Welcome, Opening Remarks
Kurt Kamperman, USTA
Nathan Plowman, Nike
Tom Farrey, Sports & Society Program

9:30am – 10:15am
What do we really know about talent development of elite athletes? WATCH
Lead discussant: Chris Snyder, US Olympic Committee
• What role did coaching, PE, other factors play in the development of Olympians?
• How has pathway changed over past generation?
• Why is it important that coaches, coaches, stakeholders know the pathway?
• How does ignorance of the pathway limit the quality, quantity of kid athletes?

10:30am – 11:15am
What do we know about talent development of child athletes? WATCH
Lead discussant: Mike Sagas, University of Florida's Sport Policy and Research Collaborative
• What does the research say about early specialization vs. early sampling?
• What’s the evidence in support of the celebrated “10,000 hours rule”?
• The role of “deliberate play”
• How do we make room for the late bloomers, late adopters?

11:15am – 12:00pm
What is the American Development Model – and how scalable is it? WATCH
Ken Martel, Technical Director, American Development Model, USA Hockey
• What has USA Hockey learned about opportunities, challenges with ADM?
• What’s happening with USOC and other NGBs in terms of adopting ADM?
• How can NGBs push ADM down pipeline?
• Do sport bodies outside the Olympic family want to embrace ADM?

12:15pm – 12:30pm
How should “physical literacy” fit into a broadly-embraced model? WATCH
Colin Hilton, President and CEO, Utah Athletic Foundation
• What exactly is the definition of physical literacy, and what are its components?
• Should we adopt the goal of making every US child physically literate by age 12?
• What do we want to adopt from Canadian model of physical literacy?
• What is the appropriate ask of sport organizations, schools, other providers?

12:30pm – 1 pm
Next steps
Tom Farrey, moderator, and Ginny Ehrlich, Clinton Health Matters Initiative

PARTICIPANTS

Jessica Aney
2010 SI Kids “SportsKid of the Year”
Nationally-ranked hockey player
Nationally-ranked USTA member

Tom Aney
Father of Jessica Aney

Tom Avischious
Field Services Director
USA Swimming
www.usaswimming.org

Andrea Cernich
Consultant
Aspen Institute
www.AspenProjectPlay.org

Jay Coakley
Professor Emeritus
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Peter Davis
President/Director
Sport Performance Management
www.sportperformancemanagement.com

Kristen Dieffenbach
Associate Professor
West Virginia University
And, President-Elect
National Council for the Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE)
www.cpass.wvu.edu

Ginny Ehrlich
CEO
Clinton Health Matters Initiative
www.clintonfoundation.org

Tom Farrey
Director, Sports & Society Program
Aspen Institute
www.AspenProjectPlay.org

Tim Flannery
Director of Coach Education
National Federation of State
High School Associations
www.nfhslearn.com

Barry Ford
Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy
USTA
www.usta.com

Dan Gould
Director, Institute for the Study of Youth Sports
Michigan State University
http://edwp.educ.msu.edu/isys

Dr. Brian Hainline
Chief Medical Officer
NCAA
www.ncaa.org

Colin Hilton
President & CEO
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
www.utaholympiclegacy.com

Sue Hunt
Chief Marketing Officer
USTA
www.usta.com

Andrea Jaeger
Former No. 2 Tennis Player
Founder
Little Star Foundation
www.littlestar.org

Dr. Neeru Jayanthi
Medical Director
Primary Care Sports Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center
www.loyolamedicine.org/medical-services/sports-medicine

Kurt Kamperman
Chief Executive, Community Tennis
USTA
www.usta.com

Ken Martel
Technical Director,
American Development Model
USA Hockey
www.usahockey.org

Javier Perez
Head Coach,  U.S. U-18 Men’s National Team
U.S. Soccer
www.ussoccer.org

Shellie Pfohl
Executive Director
President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition
www.fitness.gov

Nathan Plowman
Partnerships Director
Access to Sport, North America
Nike, Inc.
www.designedtomove.org

Dean Riddle
Director
SPARQ Performance Network
Nike, Inc.
www.sparqtraining.com

Jeannette Rodriguez
NY Partnerships and Programs
Nike, Inc.
www.designedtomove.org

Sharon Roerty
Senior Program Officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
www.rwjf.org

Paul Roetert
CEO
AAPHERD
www.aapherd.org

Michael Sagas
Professor and Department Chair
Dept. of Tourism, Recreation and Sports Management
Sport Policy and Research Collaborative (SPARC)
University of Florida
http://sparc.hhp.ufl.edu

Deborah Slaner Larkin
Past Executive Director
USTA Serves

Mara Smith
Founder, Principal
greatplay
http://greatplay.us

Chris Snyder
Director of Coaching Education
United States Olympic Committee
www.teamusa.org

Dara Torres
12-time Olympic Medalist

Annie Warner
Communications
Nike, Inc.
www.designedtomove.org

Robyn Winans
Brand
Nike, Inc.
www.designedtomove.org

Nanette Yang
Manager
Steel Sports
www.steel-sports.com