National Alliance for Youth Sports


Youth sports coaches, many of which are volunteers, are the foundation of youth sports in the U.S. Those who are trained and educated on the many different aspects involved with coaching kids are best prepared to provide participants with a fun-filled, safe and rewarding experience.

The National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) is the most widely used coach training program in the nation, having trained more than 3,000,000 coaches since its inception in 1981. The NYSCA training is available online for coaches to complete at their convenience; and it’s also offered on-site in more than 3,000 communities nationwide.

The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is America's leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children. NAYS provides programs, services and a variety of resources for volunteer coaches, administrators, officials and parents of young athletes to help ensure that everyone’s experience is memorable for all the right reasons. It also provides several unique programs for children that promote fun, healthy physical activity and offer the opportunity to learn valuable life skills.

NAYS believes that every child deserves to participate in a quality sports program where they can learn both athletic and life skills, but in order for their participation to be a truly positive experience the following must occur:

  • Children must receive positive instruction and learn and develop basic motor skills
  • Volunteer coaches must be trained in their responsibilities and held accountable for their behavior
  • Administrators and officials (both professional and volunteer) must be trained to properly fulfill their roles
  • Parents must complete an orientation program to understand the impact sports has on their child's development and the importance of being a model spectator at all times

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