NAYS welcomes new member organizations

NAYS welcomes new member organizations

7/1/2021

The National Alliance for Youth Sports is pleased to welcome several outstanding groups that have become its newest Member Organizations, joining more than 2,500 others nationwide who are committed to providing the best and safest experiences for youth in their communities.

“We decided to establish a NAYS Organization membership to help educate our volunteer coaches so they could provide improved and fun experiences for the players,” said Ryan Rockefeller, Assistant Recreation Director at Hilton-Parma Recreation in New York. “If the coaches are more confident in themselves and have a better understanding of the sport they are coaching, then everyone involved will have a great experience. The No. 1 benefit from NAYS is the resources it gives to our volunteer coaches – it really sets them up for success.”

Adds Paul Edwards, President of Brentwood Blaze Youth Football & Cheer in Tennessee: “NAYS offers excellent training courses for all youth coaches regardless of their years of experience. Their instructional materials keep it simple, which coaches can comprehend and apply the proper coaching techniques on and off the field. This translates into safe, fun and organized practices for our young athletes to learn and love the game! The proper training of coaches and advancements in helmet technology together are taking ownership in not only helping protect the kids playing today but protecting the game of football for future generations.” 

TOP TRAINING AND RESOURCES

The acclaimed NAYS Coach Training program is available online as well as on-site. The training features insights from some of the most respected coaches around the country, including Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Rutgers’ Vivian Stringer, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon, Tulane women’s basketball coach Lisa Stockton, Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny, and many more.

“In our programs, we want the best training and resources for our youth sport coaches and NAYS offers exactly that,” said Julian Madrid, Recreation Coordinator for the City of Lewiston (Idaho) Parks and Recreation and a Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA). “NAYS provides a number of program components that allow us to create a positive youth sports culture in our community.”

NAYS Member Organizations have access to a wide range of tools and resources to improve their youth sports programs: trainings for coaches, parents, league directors and officials; coach evaluations through NAYS’ unique Coach Rating System; and volunteer accountability by adherence to the NAYS Code of Ethics.

“After going through the trial program myself, and then also completing the (sport specific) program for Cheerleading, I felt very comfortable that my coaching staff would not only enjoy this program but also be able to take full advantage of the benefits and resources that are provided to members,” said Krista Spooner, President of the Leavenworth Youth Football Association in Kansas.

There is also a terrific line-up of FREE online programs for members to take advantage of to enhance their knowledge in a variety of areas impacting youth sports, including Sudden Cardiac Arrest Training, Protecting Against Abuse Training, Bullying Prevention Training, and more.

Joining the NAYS family are:

Brentwood Blaze Youth Football & Cheer – Tennessee

City of Lewiston Parks & Rec – Idaho

Georgia Prime Fastpitch Softball – Georgia

Hendersonville Soccer Club – Tennessee

Hilton-Parma Recreation Department – New York

Leavenworth Youth Football Association – Kansas 

Long Prairie Grey Eagle Community Education – Minnesota

LSK Athletics LLC – New Jersey

Seffner Seahawks – Florida

Texas Showtime – Texas 

Interested in learning how to become a NAYS Member Organization? Email us at nays@nays.org; or call 800-729-2057.

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