Congress session: Evaluating participants and securing officials!

Congress session: Evaluating participants and securing officials!


Two ongoing challenges facing youth sports administrators these days concerns accurately evaluating whether children are learning and developing skills in their programs – and recruiting enough officials to oversee games all season long.

At this year’s upcoming Youth Sports Congress, set for Nov. 7-10 in New Orleans, Ian Goldberg and Daniel Caldwell will present a session entitled Common struggles in youth sports: Evaluating participants and securing officials!

Imagine for a moment if parents never saw report cards or test scores to know how their kids were doing in school and the chaos that would ensue. Using the education model, this session will help administrators grab some of the best practices from the world of education to better evaluate their participants’ progress in their respective programs.

Ian Goldberg, founder of iSport360, will provide insight on this issue. A sports dad and coach, he launched iSport360 in 2016 and he produces an engaging and humorous youth sports newsletter that has 50,000 subscribers. He began his career at the White House and then spent 10 years as an innovator in the digital marketing industry in New York City.

The session will also examine the shortage of officials plaguing a growing number of youth sports programs and identify ways to find, secure and retain them.

Daniel Caldwell, president and co-founder of silbo, a sports management software application used by referees and umpires, will address this issue. As an entrepreneur and start-up manager, he has handled product launch logistics and collaborated on the full product lifecycle. Prior to his experience in app development for the athletic industry he was an umpire and also a professional athlete.

Attendees of this session will learn how to:

Get coach, parent and player expectations aligned at the beginning of the season

Create an ongoing, actionable and objective feedback loop between coaches, parents and players

Outline the elements to successfully secure and retain officials in youth sports

Review the elements that have led to the national shortage of officials in youth sports

This year’s Congress kicks off with a motivational keynote by Judson Laipply titled Don’t Change – Evolve. Laipply has appeared on The Today Show, Ellen, Good Morning America and Oprah, among others. His dynamic session will help attendees understand the difference between managing change and leading evolution, as well as gain a new perspective toward struggling and appreciate the role it plays in growing and evolving.

Other sessions that will be presented by leading experts include: Effective Efficiency: Increase your efficiency without lowering your effectiveness; Inclusion: It's the right thing in youth sports; Pack your programs with people: How to draw more volunteers and participants; Recommendations for Communities: Update 2018; and Focus on QUALITY: A roundtable on youth sports.

Significant savings are available now through early bird registration that is under way.

This incredible training enables Certified Youth Sports Administrators to maintain their prestigious CYSA credential by earning continuing education; while others can take advantage to complete the Academy for Youth Sports Administrators to earn their CYSA designation.

Also included in the General Registration fee for those attendees who have yet to earn their CYSA credential is an opportunity to participate in the special Onsite Academy for Youth Sports Administrators, simultaneously scheduled so participants can attend both the Congress and Academy during their time in New Orleans.

CYSA candidates participate in the Academy, which provides a foundation of essential information, as well as resources and wonderful networking opportunities. After the event, CYSA candidates will be provided access to the Online Academy to complete the certification process.

Attendees also have access to two outstanding Athletic Business keynote addresses, the Expo and welcome reception. The first keynote will be presented by Randy Hetrick, who will share the 10 most important leadership lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL; and Ryan Holiday – a well-known columnist, author and motivational speaker – will share how to overcome frustrations and turn adversity into advantage during his keynote. 

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 feature live music and great food, and 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 or visit Youth Sports Congress.

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