July 18, 2019



Melinda Whitemarsh, USA Football

Steve Alic, USA Football

Gehrig Parker, USA Football






USA Football will host its first Football Development Model (FDM) Coaches Clinic on Saturday, July 20 from 8 a.m. to noon at Starpoint High School for Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association (NEYSA) football coaches. Comprised of more than 350 coaches representing nearly 2,000 youth football players, the NEYSA is one of four leagues nationwide piloting USA Football’s FDM, the sport’s first national application of a long-term athlete development model.


Aligned with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s American Development Model and guided by a council comprised of leaders across sport, sport science and medicine, the FDM centers on physical literacy and developmentally appropriate skill instruction, reimagining how football is played, coached and experienced from youth through adulthood, spanning varying game types and options.


NEYSA football coaches will be trained in the FDM’s curriculum, including coaching various game types (flag, modified tackle, 11-on-11 tackle), preparing youth players for contact, defining levels of contact used in practice and using player progression guides and skill development checklists.


WHO:              Niagara Erie Youth Sport Association football coaches

                           Mike Krueger, USA Football Director of Coaching

                           Andy Ryland, USA Football Senior Manager of Education & Training

                           Donny Lindberger, USA Football Master Trainer, Perkiomen Valley (Pa.) High School Assistant Football Coach

                           Kevin Lynott, USA Football Master Trainer, Middletown (Md.) High School Director of Operations


WHAT:            Football Development Model Coaches Clinic hosted by USA Football for Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association football coaches


WHEN:           Saturday, July 20

                           8 a.m. to noon


WHERE:          Starpoint High School

                           4363 Mapleton Road

                           Lockport, NY 14094


ON-SITE CONTACTS:           Ray Turpin, Niagara Erie Youth Sports Association President, 716-628-5357


USA Football will lead similar FDM-focused coaching clinics later this summer with the Frisco (Texas) Football League, the Iowa Development League (Des Moines, Iowa) and the Ute Conference (Salt Lake City, Utah). 


To read more about USA Football’s FDM, click here. To learn more about the FDM Council, click here.


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About USA Football:  USA Football designs and delivers premier educational, developmental and competitive programs to advance, unify and grow the sport. As the sport’s national governing body, member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and organizer of the U.S. National Team for international competition, USA Football partners with leaders in medicine, child advocacy and athletics to support positive football experiences for youth, high school and other amateur players.