The following position statements are intended to provide the National Alliance for Youth Sports’ (NAYS) position on a variety of youth sports related issues that are not broad enough to be addressed in the National Standards for Youth Sports. The National Standards for Youth Sports were developed by NAYS to provide a framework by which youth sports programs are to be designed and executed. The Standards serve as the blueprint for how thousands of recreation professionals conduct their youth sports programs in an effort to meet the needs of all their participants.
These position statements address common youth sports related issues that league administrators, program directors, volunteer coaches and parents of young athletes typically face. For the purposes of these position statements, “youth sports” refer to recreational, out-of-school sports programs for children 13 years-old and under.