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 13 - 16, 2019 – ORLANDO, FL

A Special Onsite Academy will be held in conjunction with the NAYS Youth Sports Congress and the Athletic Business Show. General registration allows participants to earnt he CYSA and participate in ALL the activities!

Registration through NAYS opens in early 2019


Other Onsite Academy Dates & Locations:


January 7, 2020 – MATTHEWS, NORTH CAROLINA

This special Academy will be co-hosted by the South Carolina Recreation and Park Association (SCRPA) and the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA).

Register through NCRPA 

Register through SCRPA 


February 20, 2020 – LAKE OZARK, MISSOURI

This special one-day academy will be co-presented with the Missouri Parks and Recreation Association (MPRA) at their annual conference at the Loge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, MO.

Register through MRPA




March 10, 2020 – LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA

This special Academy will be co-hosted by the Recreation Section of the California Park and Recreation and Park Society (CPRS) at the CPRS Annual Conference in Long Beach.

Register through CPRS


March 18, 2020 – COVENTRY, CONNECTICUT

This special one-day academy will be presented in partnership with the Connecticut Recreation and Park Association.

Register through CRPA



March 20, 2020 – DUBLIN, OHIO

This special one-day academy will be co-presented with the Ohio Park and Recreation Association at the Dublin Recreation Center.

Register through OPRA


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.