PAYS Online Program Overview

Chris McKendryHow many times have we heard about a parent getting ejected from their child's youth sports game for unruly behavior or about a parent who has their 8 year-old child follow a regiment similar to that of a professional athlete?

Don't let yourself be lumped in with the individuals of those incidents. By being a member of the Parents Association for Youth Sports (PAYS) you are making a statement that you want to bench irrational behavior in youth sports. You're the kind of sports parent that enjoys some friendly competition - as long as the fun and safety of each child stays a priority!

The PAYS program sets a standard for parent education by providing a video-based educational program which offers a simple, effective way to make youth sports parents aware of their roles and responsibilities as well as ways they can make their child's experience more enjoyable and positive.

The PAYS course features Chris McKendry, ESPN SportsCenter anchor, covering topics such as safety, injury prevention, preventing and identifying steroid abuse, modeling sportsmanship, plus more!

The video also features great commentary by well-known and highly respected professionals who share their expertise in the area of youth sports:

  • Dr. Dan Wann, a psychology professor at Murray State University, shares why even the most mild-mannered of parents can suddenly behave irrationally during their child's sports activities.

  • Dr. Julie Partridge, associate professor of sport and exercise psychology at Southern Illinois University, explains how parents can help build a foundation of resiliency with their child.

  • Dr. Robert Masson, an internationally recognized neurosurgeon, discusses concussions and the importance of recognizing when a concussion has occurred in a young athlete.

  • Dr. Keith Wheeler, vice president at Abbott Laboratories, and sports nutritionist Michelle Rockwell, stress the importance of hydration and proper nutrition in youth sports, including healthy meals and snacks, plus foods and beverages to avoid.

  • Nancy McBride, national safety director for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, shares information about the mindset many parents have that abuse only happens to other kids.Member Home

The PAYS video is about 40 minutes and consists of 8 sections with a review question at the end of each section.

After completing the course and signing the PAYS Code of Ethics pledge, you will activate your PAYS online membership. Once in the membership area you can manage your membership in the My PAYS Membership section.  You can also link to the most up-to-date information in the Youth Sports Info section where you will find topics like child protection, concussion awareness, overuse injuries and much more.  In addition, the Resources and Tools section contains innovative tools that will help you become the best youth sports parent that you can be.  Become a PAYS member today and join thousands of others who are taking the pledge to put their children first in their youth sports experience!

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