The American Rugby Model

The ARM is an integrated strategic sport development system which aligns the major components of the Long-Term Development Model (LTAD) with the organizational and competitive structure of rugby and sports participation in the US. For this strategy to be successful it will require extraordinary commitment, fueled by passion, born of love for the game. The program will build on the successes of the process, not the outcomes. The overriding principle will be to coach the right thing at the right time to the right player. It is the players that are at the core, and the heart of USA Rugby. All the other stakeholders, services, programs, features are important but are secondary to being “player focused”. Success requires extraordinary commitment, fueled by passion, born of love for the game. The well-being, development, and support of the players is paramount to rugby in the US being successful, both in participation and in competition. US Rugby will not compromise the well-being of the players for ANY reason. The traditional 7-8 phases of LTAD have been adapted to the US environment to allow for better continuity and application by the participants, partners, and stakeholders.