More than a dozen new communities across the country recently established chapters with the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), adding to the more than 3,000 leagues, organizations and military bases that currently utilize its wide variety of programs worldwide.
By becoming official NAYS Chapters, these communities are training and educating their coaches through the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA), the highly acclaimed volunteer
coaches training program of NAYS.
The NYSCA training program – which is available both on-site as well as online – provides volunteer coaches with vital information on everything from designing fun and effective practices to teaching proper sports techniques. At the end of the clinic, coaches take an exam on the material presented. Coaches must also accept the NAYS Code of Ethics, and pledge to uphold a set of standards.
The following communities recently established NAYS chapters, joining more than 3,000 others nationwide, as well as on military bases worldwide:
WCBM-SAY Soccer – Ohio
Avondale Eagles – Ohio
Cincinnati Little Tigers Football & Cheerleading – Ohio
Cougar Football – Ohio
Mokena Park District – Illinois
North Central Youth Football League – Missouri
Higginsville Little League Football – Missouri
Ridgecrest Extreme All-Stars – California
Westbrook Tuffy Football League – Maine
Our Lady of Lourdes – Ohio
Franklin Cowboys Youth Football & Cheerleading – Tennessee
Tamiami Colts Football & Cheerleading – Florida
Poolesville Athletic Association – Maryland
Webster Junior Warriors & Junior Titans – New York
Once coaches become members, they have access to a wide range of innovative materials and resources that enable them to help ensure fun, safe and rewarding experiences for all their players.
Through the coach rating system, volunteer coaches can now obtain comprehensive feedback on their coaching skills
and the type of impact they are having on the kids.
Plus, recreation programs can utilize the system to evaluate their coaches to ensure that they are abiding by the program philosophies and policies regarding coaching children’s sports.
The system allows league administrators who are associated with NAYS to provide a digital link for parents to evaluate coaches anonymously. The link can either be placed within an email or posted directly on a league or organization’s Web site
. The questions hit all the key coaching areas, such as safety, sportsmanship and how well they teach skills, among others.
Coaches also have access to other innovative sections on the new NAYS Web site, including a Skills and Drills section that features hundreds of animated drills, as well as those that can be printed out and taken to practice to use as a handy reference while working with players; and the Coaching Forum, where volunteers can tap into the expertise of more than 100,000 coaches to gain insight on a variety of issues that are typically encountered while coaching children.
Members also receive a $1,000,000 liability insurance policy
and a subscription to SportingKid magazine.