NAYS welcomes new member organizations

NAYS welcomes new member organizations

3/10/2022

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.

“Villa Park (Ill.) Youth Baseball and Softball is dedicated to the youth in our community,” said President Michael Bruschuk. “Our league’s success and growth are predicated on quality coaching, eager volunteers, and parents. We want a unified front, common language, and an expanding knowledge base. NAYS will provide the tools for us to support our organization from top to bottom. NAYS is here to help us achieve our goals.” 

Adds Joaquin Lopez, Recreation Manager of Belton (Mo.) Parks and Recreation: “The biggest benefit of us becoming a NAYS Member Organization is accountability. Our NAYS membership will be a constant reminder to all of us that we are held accountable in our efforts to provide the best youth sports experience possible. When you combine that with the training and resources available through NAYS, becoming a member organization was an easy decision.”

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, Los Angeles Angels manager Joe Maddon, Tulane women’s basketball coach Lisa Stockton, Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny, and many more.

“We joined NAYS as a member organization because we share the same values, philosophies, and vision behind youth sports,” said Blake Reynolds, Supervisor at Leander (Texas) Parks and Recreation. “The resources and tools provide us creative ways to educate our parents and coaches to offer the best experience for all of our youth players. We are excited to offer new ways to build our organization from the inside out. We have hundreds of parents and coaches that are looking for the necessary tools to grow and this will create a culture for years to come for 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.

“Hamilton Hustle Baseball is a new, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and not only does NAYS provide consistency in our training process, it has also greatly helped with the learning curve that comes along with being a new coach in the field of youth sports,” said Michelle Frost, Treasurer of the Ohio-based organization. “Their courses have provided our organization with an outline and map for techniques and coaching styles to utilize with kids as they begin to learn the game of baseball as well as navigate life.”

“I decided to join NAYS because my foundation is rapidly growing and it's a controlled method to continue the culture of the Official Ballers Family,” adds Carlos LaCour, President of the Oklahoma-based foundation. “It helps me add the right type of staff members and ensure their individual confidence in their volunteer work.” 

Member Organizations like the YMCA of Natrona County in Wyoming are utilizing NAYS’ training for officials, which focuses on basic elements that officials of all youth sports can benefit from. 

“We were looking to have a comprehensive learning experience that our hired YMCA of Natrona County referees could access conveniently to develop skills for our big four sports of basketball, soccer, volleyball, and T-ball,” said Cindy Zimmet, its Sports Coordinator. “Our referees come from various backgrounds with different skill levels, and the NAYS Certification allows them to become more consistent with the same knowledge from a unique source. They can discuss the learnings as a group, have the year membership to stay current with other sport seasons, and feel supported with the insurance provided. In addition, as the Youth Sports Coordinator, I was happy to see the ethics portion in the program mirror our strong desire to promote integrity and social responsibility.”   

NAYS Member Organizations also have a terrific line-up of FREE online programs 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:

BELTON PARKS & RECREATION

MO

CITY OF GEORGETOWN PARKS & REC

TX

ELITE AMBITION SPORTS ACADEMY

TX

GULF COAST SHARKS YOUTH FOOTBALL

MS

HAMILTON HUSTLE BASEBALL

OH

LEANDER PARKS & RECREATION

TX

OFFICIAL BALLERS FAMILY YOUTH FOUNDATION

OK

OPTIMIST CLUB OF MIAMI LAKES BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

FL

SEVIER COUNTY JUNIOR LEAGUE BASKETBALL

TN

SUSSEX WANTAGE YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

NJ

TABERNACLE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

NJ

VA EAGLES CHEER

VA

VILLA PARK YOUTH BASEBALL & SOFTBALL

IL

YMCA OF NATRONA COUNTY

WY

YOUTH FOOTBALL OF SPRING HILL

TN

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