Bullying and Abuse: Congress session addressing adults who do it

Bullying and Abuse: Congress session addressing adults who do it


It’s up to youth sports administrators to do everything they can to protect young athletes in their programs from harm – and that includes the escalating problem of bullying and adults who are guilty of it.

Dr. Jennifer Fraser and Beverly McIntosh will join John Engh, executive director of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, to deliver an important session at the upcoming NAYS Youth Sports Congress entitled Building Your Shield Part I: Screening and Protecting from Adults Who Bully.

This session focuses on the safety of all young athletes by addressing the importance of screening all adults involved and ensuring that they do not hurt children with their words.

The panel will also share the current state of screening volunteers prior to allowing them to interact with kids and how specific behaviors can cause serious damage since neuroscientists can now document the intensity and fragility of adolescent brains.

Fraser is the author of Teaching Bullies Zero Tolerance on the Court or in the Classroom, which reveals true stories of coaching abuse and the ways the educational and legal systems can sometimes protect abusers and not victims. She is interviewed frequently on the issue of coaching abuse and contributes to a variety of publications, too.

McIntosh is vice president of Strategic Programs and Business Development for Verified Volunteers. She has more than 16 years of experience in the background screening industry and works closely with technology partners. She began her career as a military intelligence analyst and eventually transitioned into the screening industry. 

The Congress, the signature event of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), is a four-day comprehensive educational experience designed specifically for youth sports administrators. This training allows attendees to participate in the Congress, the Athletic Business Show, and maintain or earn their Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential.

The NAYS Congress kicks off Wednesday, Nov. 8, with a motivational keynote focused on professionalism for youth sports administrators. Plus, the winners of the Excellence in Youth Sports Award as well as the NAYS Volunteer Coach of the Year and the NAYS Youth Sports Parent of the Year will be recognized.

Congress attendees also have access to Athletic Business’ keynote address, Expo and welcome reception.

Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business,” will deliver the keynote address. Duhigg, a Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporter for the business section of The New York Times, will delve into the science of habit formation in our lives, companies and societies.

The Expo features more than 250 exhibitors, where you'll meet product experts displaying every component for any of your needs. NAYS sponsors have their own pavilion where you can meet great supporters of NAYS programs.

The always fun Athletic Business welcome reception will take place at Lafayette’s Restaurant and Bar. Known for great live music and tasty Southern-inspired dishes, Lafayette’s is the perfect place to connect with AB Show conference attendees, exhibitors and speakers, as well as those attending the Youth Sports Congress.

Reserve your spot now to be a part of this incredible event. Questions? Email yscongress@nays.org or visit Youth Sports Congress.

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