The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) helps to improve the experiences of the more than 30 million youth who participate in out-of-school sport by developing quality training for coaches, parents, officials and administrators on their roles and responsibilities in youth sports.
Over 3,000 community-based organizations utilize the programs established by the National Alliance for Youth Sports. This includes parks and recreation departments, Boys and Girls Clubs, Police Athletic Leagues, YMCAs/YWCAs, and other independent youth service groups throughout the country. NAYS also has a strong presence on U.S. military installations worldwide, including every Air Force and Army base.
A model youth sports program is not something that anyone should just hope turns out well. There is simply too much at stake when a child's emotional and physical well-being is involved. NAYS helps adults - regardless if they are a volunteer coach, parent, administrator or official - gain a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities in sports. This clears the way for a positive and memorable experience for everyone. A top quality youth sports program is a positive reflection on the entire community and something that everyone can be proud of.
Free Resources Available at NAYS.org
Athletic injuries may occur at any time and during any activity. Youth sports staff and volunteer coaches, must be prepared to emergency situtations. This preparation involves the development of an Emergency Action Plan (EAP). This includes, but is not limited to, the proper coverage of events, maintenance of appropriate emergency equipment and supplies and utilization of appropriate emergency medical personnel.
Although the initial creation of an EAP may be intensive, it could save someone’s life. Download this free EAP template, developed by Karen M. Lew, MEd., ATC, LAT for NAYS, to help you begin the process!
NAYS believes, and recreation professionals agree, it is the responsibility of the public entity to have proper control and oversight of all youth sports programs in their community. The Recommendations for Communities is a document aimed to provide tools and support that will help community leaders establish a strong and positive youth sports culture.
The National Alliance for Youth Sports is aware that bullying in sports is an extremely important topic for coaches and parents of young athletes regardless of the age of the players. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found 20 percent of high school-aged kids have experienced some form of bullying on school grounds alone in their lifetime. Those numbers only increase when incorporating recreation sports.
This program is designed to provide valuable information on bullying and add to what coaches, parents and administrators should know regarding bullying prevention. Bullying awareness and prevention is an important issue in youth sports today as it affects the health and well-being of children participating in all sports, and at all levels.
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