certification for youth sports administrators

Onsite Academy

certification for youth sports administrators live trainingThe Onsite Academy offers an in-person educational opportunity for CYSA candidates. Comprehensive sessions including group discussions, exercises and role playing are presented by a professional faculty from around the country. Short breaks are taken periodically throughout the Onsite Academy to give participants plenty of networking opportunities.

The format and duration of the Onsite Academy varies depending upon location. For example, Special One-Day Academies are offered in conjunction with some state park and recreation conferences and each year a 2.5 day Academy is offered simultaneously with the NAYS Youth Sports Congress at the Athletic Business Show.

At the conclusion of any Onsite Academy, participants are required to complete the Academy and certification process online. Upon successful completion of the onsite training and the online exam, the Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential is awarded.

Onsite Academy benefits:

  • Participate with other professionals in a live, face-to-face training opportunity.
  • Receive onsite training materials and complete the certification process via online area.
  • Gain valuable information from a knowledgeable faculty.
  • Network and share materials with other youth sports professionals from around the world.
  • Remain current with trends/issues.
  • Continued online access to the CYSA Area for your entire two-year CYSA cycle which includes the CYSA Forum, the CYSA Share Area, and more.
  • Gain essential information to help improve your programs.
  • Become a leader in your community.
  • Demonstrate your professional commitment to the field of youth sports.
  • Become part of an elite group of professionals that have also earned the CYSA designation!

Academy during NAYS Youth Sports Congress:

November 7-10, 2018 - NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

The New Orleans Academy will be held in conjunction with the NAYS Youth Sports Congress and the Athletic Business Show.

Register through NAYS

Other Onsite Academy Dates & Locations:


This special one-day academy will be co-presented with the Georgia Recreation & Park Association at International Park in Clayton County, GA.

Register through GRPA


This special one-day academy will be co-presented with the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association at their annual conference at the Kierland Resort in Scottsdale.

Register through APRA

August 29, 2018 - HOMEWOOD, ALABAMA

This special one-day academy will be co-presented with the Alabama Recreation and Park Association in Homewood, Alabama. Registration opens in February 2018.

Register through ARPA

Regular registration for the Onsite Academy is $395. This fee includes all onsite and online materials, the exam, a certificate upon completion as well as a polo shirt and continued access to the CYSA Area for the entire two-year CYSA cycle.

Please send an email to academy@nays.org for additional information at any time.