Excellence in Youth Sports Awards


Shining a spotlight on outstanding programs


History

For almost two decades, the Excellence in Youth Sports Award has recognized programs that are doing superior jobs of conducting diverse activities with a focus on providing safe and positive experiences for all participants - including children, parents and coaches. Each year hundreds of youth sports programs across the country and military bases worldwide vie to be an award winner. Developed by the National Alliance for Youth Sports and Athletic Business Magazine, the first Excellence in Youth Sports Awards were presented in 2000.


New for 2018

Historically, organizations that were interested in applying for the Excellence in Youth Sports Award would complete a preliminary application and based on that information select organizations would be invited to participate in a final, more thorough review to determine each year’s winners. Starting in 2018, the new Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation will take the place of the former preliminary application process.

Organizations that earn the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation demonstrate they have met benchmark standards when it comes to administering youth sports programs. Therefore, only organizations that have earned the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation will be invited to apply for the Excellence in Youth Sports Awards. Any organization can apply to be evaluated for the designation, and no cost is involved.


Selection Criteria

Since the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation will already indicate that a program has taken the necessary steps to ensure quality, the Excellence in Youth Sports Award will not recognize the program as a whole. Instead, the Excellence in Youth Sports Award will be given for a specific initiative, process, project, campaign, element or component of a program that goes above and beyond. This invitation-only award will now recognize the innovative ways organizations that have earned the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation are making their programs stand out and truly become excellent.


Apply

To be invited to apply for the Excellence in Youth Sports Award, an organization must first earn the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation by July 31, 2018.

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Excellence Award FAQs


How are the winners chosen?

First, every organization that has earned the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation will be invited to apply for the Excellence in Youth Sports Awards. The online application will allow invited applicants to share their specific initiative that makes their program excellent and worthy of being recognized as an Excellence in Youth Sports Award winner. The Excellence Award Committee will review applications and select the winners.


What do Excellence in Youth Sports Award winners receive?

In addition to receiving recognition for their work in bettering youth sports for their community, NAYS works with partners to offer added value to winning an Excellence in Youth Sports Award, including:

  • In-kind contributions from Excellence Award sponsors to be used for the support and enhancement of their youth sports program
  • A custom award to display at their facility
  • National, state and local recognition, including in the publications of Athletic Business and the National Alliance for Youth Sports
  • Two complimentary registrations for the Youth Sports Congress, which will be held Nov. 7-10, 2018 in New Orleans, LA
  • and more! 

 

When is the deadline to submit an application?

The 2018 Excellence in Youth Sports Award application period opens on June 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted until September 1, 2018.

 

Who qualifies for judging?

Any youth sports organization that has earned the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider designation.

 

How many annual awards are presented?

Up to five organizations are annually recognized as Excellence in Youth Sports Award winners. Applications that qualify for the judging, but that do not win an award, may receive Excellence in Youth Sports Award honorable mention recognition.

 


For more information or questions about the Excellence in Youth Sports Award please contact us at excellenceaward@nays.org.