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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the National Alliance for Youth Sports?

A: The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is America's leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children. The non-profit organization is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was founded in 1981 as the National Youth Sports Coaches Association and evolved into NAYS in 1993.


Q: What does NAYS do?

A: NAYS helps to improve the experiences of the more than 30 million youngsters who participate in out-of-school sports. This is done by developing quality training for coaches, parents, officials and administrators on their roles and responsibilities in youth sports. NAYS also provides a variety of benefits and continuing education resources to its members. 

Participation in youth sports develops important character traits and life-long values, and the lives of youngsters can be positively affected if the adults caring for them have proper training and information.


Q: What kind of organizations does NAYS work with?

A: NAYS programs are provided at the local level through dynamic partnerships with more than 3,000 community-based organizations, which 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.


Q: How can I get involved with NAYS?

A: NAYS offers membership programs for those involved in any aspect of youth sports. Learn more about the membership that is most relevant to your role in youth sports by selecting the appropriate link below:


Q: How many members does NAYS have?

A: More than 3 million coaches have been certified by NAYS Coach Training & Membership; more than 65,000 families have gone through the NAYS Parent Orientation program; and more than 3,000 administrators have earned their Certified Youth Sports Administrator credential through the Academy for Youth Sports Administrators.


Q: What kind of memberships and programs does NAYS offer?

A: NAYS offers several membership programs:

NAYS has also created several youth development programs that are utilized by recreation departments, military bases and youth organizations across the country:

  • Start Smart Sports Development Programs help children as young as 3 years old learn and develop basic motor skills needed for a fun and successful experience in organized sports.
  • Hook A Kid On Golf is a comprehensive program that introduces youngsters to the game of golf and provides opportunities for them to continue playing the sport.
  • Ready, Set, RUN! prepares children ages 8-13 to participate in a 5k run.

Q: How do NAYS programs benefit a community?

A: A model youth sports program is not something that anyone should just hope turns out well because there is simply too much at stake when a child's emotional and physical well-being is involved. Through the NAYS programs, 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.


Q: What are the Recommendations for Communities?

A: The Recommendations for Communities represent what leaders in the parks and recreation field believe need to be adopted to help maintain order and civility in youth sports and ensure that all participants, volunteers and spectators have a safe and rewarding experience. The Recommendations were developed at the National Summit On Raising Community Standards in Children's Sports in Chicago in 2001.