National Youth Sports Coaches Association volunteer coach training and membership

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NAYS Coach Training and Membership



Youth sports coaches, many of which are volunteers, are the foundation of youth sports in the U.S. Those who are trained and educated on the many different aspects involved with coaching kids are best prepared to provide participants with a fun-filled, safe and rewarding experience. 

NAYS Coach Training & Membership Program, formerly the National Youth Sports Coaches Association or NYSCA, is the most widely used coach training program in the nation, having trained more than 3 million coaches since its inception in 1981. NAYS Coach Training is available online for coaches to complete at their convenience; and it’s also offered on-site in more than 3,000 communities nationwide.

The training and membership fee is $20.


The top quality NAYS Coach Training features two components: Coaching Youth Sports and a sport-specific training. The Coaching Youth Sports portion covers topics coaches of all sports need to know, such as working with parents; motivating kids; building confidence; instilling good sportsmanship; safety; and nutrition and hydration; among many other areas.

In the sport-specific training coaches learn how to teach the basic skills and fundamentals of the particular sport they are coaching, as well as effective drills to use during their practices. 

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Training for Volunteer Coaches - NYSCA

training and membership for youth sports coaches - nysca


After completing the NAYS Coach Training, coaches qualify for an annual membership, which includes a $1,000,000 excess liability insurance policy; access to member-only coaching resources and supplemental coach trainings; SportingKid Live!; a member e-newsletter; a member ID card; and corporate discounts on everyday services like car rentals, hotels and more.

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Is NAYS Coach Training for You?

  • Are you new to coaching youth sports and are not familiar with the sport?
  • Do you know the sport but have never coached children?
  • Do you have experience coaching but wish to expand your knowledge?
  • Are you required to earn a coaching certification?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, NAYS Coach Training is for you! Sign up today!

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Training for Volunteer Coaches - NYSCA - All Sports

Training for Volunteer Coaches - NYSCA - Youth Sports

Offer NAYS Coach Training to my coaches 

To offer the NAYS Coach Training & Membership Program to your youth sports coaches, your organization will first become a NAYS Member Organization. There are no costs for becoming a NAYS Member Organization or for the training videos and materials. The only fees remitted to NAYS are the membership fees for each clinic participant.

Learn more about becoming a NAYS Member Organization