Coach Safely Act and the National Alliance for Youth Sports

Coach Safely Act and the National Alliance for Youth Sports


Alabama House Bill 9, known as The Coach Safely Act, was enacted into Law by the Legislature in March 2018. The law requires unpaid or volunteer coaches or trainers associated with youth athletics for children under age 14 who practice or play on public property to complete five training requirements on an annual basis. Coaches must receive training on all of the following areas each year:

  1. Emergency preparedness, planning and rehearsal for traumatic injuries.
  2. Concussions and head trauma.
  3. Heat and extreme weather-related injury familiarization.
  4. Physical conditioning and training equipment usage.
  5. Heart defects and abnormalities that can lead to sudden cardiac death.

As stated on the Alabama Department of Public Health website, the National Alliance for Youth Sports trainings meet the requirements of the law. Coaches who complete the NAYS Coach Training (Coaching Youth Sports + one sport-specific training), the free Concussion training and the free Sudden Cardiac Arrest training will meet and surpass all requirements of the law. 

Along with valuable injury prevention training, NAYS Coach Training will cover working with parents; motivating kids; building confidence; instilling good sportsmanship; safety; and nutrition and hydration; 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. After completing the NAYS Coach Training, coaches activate their NAYS 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.

Youth Sports Providers: The education, value, and benefits of offering NAYS training to your coaches cannot be beat. Would you like to offer the NAYS Coach Training & Membership Program to your coaches? There are a number of ways you can implement the program. It starts with becoming a NAYS Member Organization, which is easy and free to do! Submit the interest form, email us at or call 1-800-688-5437 with questions. The team at NAYS looks forward to working with you.

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