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Speak out on important issues and contribute to legislation affecting fields and facilities, advocate for the protection and safety of our children, fight obesity, promote physical activity & fitness, and influence other important youth sports industry public policy concerns.

Government relations programs can be informational, reactive, proactive, or a mix. the NCYS is prepared to put forth legislation, respond to legislation that has already been introduced, mobilize grassroots volunteers when a bill is approaching final action, or commenting on published regulations. We are prepared to provide input to lawmakers, especially those on the committees or subcommittees that work on fine-tuning bills. We are also prepared to be proactive government relations partners with other groups by initiating legislation and providing input for laws and regulations as they are written.

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ACTION ALERT - Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) encourages all those that recognize the benefits of youth sports to encourage their Member of Congress to join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports (or, if they are already a member, to thank them!).

The Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports serves as a bipartisan organization committed to advancing youth development and healthy lifestyles through sports among our and support and strengthen the efforts of national and local organizations tirelessly working to improve the state of youth sports in our country for the 44 million American children who participate.

Click here for a sample letter to ask your Representative to join the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports.



ACTION ALERT - P.L.A.Y.S.

During National Youth Sports Week, NCYS introduced our new legislation P.L.A.Y.S. to members of Congress. P.L.A.Y.S. (Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, and Safety (P.L.A.Y.S.) Act, works to advance the positive impact of sports on our youth.

To date more than 100 local and national organizations have signed in support of the introduction and passage of the P.L.A.Y.S. Act (click here for a sample letter to ask your Member of Congress to become a co-sponsor and to review current list of signees).

To add your organization to the list please email us at youthsports@ncys.org.

We will be sharing more information in the coming months, and other steps you and your organization can take to help support the bill.

LEGISLATIVE POLICY OBJECTIVES

  • Develop education, leadership skills, healthier lifestyles, self-esteem, fair play, and good citizenship through youth physical activities.
  • Promote the active participation by all youth in fun and healthy physical activities according to their interests and abilities.
  • General promotion of the health and safety of all youth

CONGRESSIONAL LEGISLATIVE AGENDA:

P.L.A.Y.S. ~ Physical Activity, Living Healthy, Access, Youth Development, Safety

Below is a legislative package for the 115th Congress. The National Council of Youth Sports advocates for legislation that promotes safe environments and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighborhoods and communities in order to enhance the youth sports experience in America for today and for generations to come!

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Legislation that promotes physical activity among all segments of our society.
Physical Activites Recommendations For Americans Act/Promoting Physical Activity For Americans Act (HR 1519/S 657)

  • Summary: Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to publish a report every 10 years that contains physical activity information and recommendations for the general public.
  • Relevance to NCYS: Bill would promote physical activity through all aspects of society and could be used as leverage to increase access and participation in scholastic and extracurricular sports.
  • Status: Both bills have been referred to committee in their respective Chambers for consideration.
  • Sponsors: Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)/Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS)
  • # of Co-sponsors: 2 in the House/2 in the Senate

LIVING HEALTHY

Legislation that promotes healthy living.
Summer Meals Act (HR 203)

  • Summary: Designed to provide children with year-round access to nutritious meals by expanding the eligibility requirements for federal summer meal programs, reducing red tape for local organizations, and making meals and snacks more readily available during weekends and after school hours. The bill would further support transportation needs in rural areas where access to summer meal programs is often made more difficult.
  • Relevance to NCYS: Can provide food access for summer programs, including those with youth sports.
  • Status: Referred to committee for consideration.
  • Sponsor(s): Rep. Don Young (R-AK)
  • # of Co-sponsors: 40
  • ACCESS

    Legislation makes accessing physical activities easier by removing barriers and creating/ expanding venues.
    Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act (HR 1267/S 482)

    • Summary: Amends the tax code to allow for certain physical activity, fitness, and exercise expenses to be made tax free through Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
    • Relevance: Provides financial incentives to support families being physically active - and youth participating in sports by providing a tax-free means to pay for youth sports related expenses.
    • Status: Referred to their respective Chamber's committees for consideration.
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Jason Smith (R-MO)/Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
    • # of Co-sponsors: 50 in the House/10 in the Senate

    Land And Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

    • Summary: Congress appropriates funds from this fund for land acquisition and development grants, which may be used for a wide range of outdoor recreation projects, such as picnic areas, inner city parks, campgrounds, tennis courts, bike trails, swimming pools, playing fields, and support facilities such as roads, water supply, etc.

    Departments of Interior and Education Appropriation Act (Interior)

    • The annual appropriations bill that funds the Departments of Interior and Education, related agencies, and the programs those agencies administer and where the LWCF obtains its yearly funding.
    • Relevance to NCYS: The LWCF allows for states to maintain and restore public parks and other facilities that provide spaces for youth to play sports.
    • Status: Congress has just begun setting out funding for Fiscal Year 2018, including how much of the LWCF will be available for states for conversation and recreational purposes.

    Bills To Permanently Reauthorize The LWCF (HR 502, S 569, S 896)

    • Summary: These bills would make permanent, and exempt from the annual appropriation process, the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
    • Relevance to NCYS: Would allow for broader use of public lands by NCYS members.
    • Status: All three bills have been referred to committee in their respective Chambers for the committee's consideration.
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC)
    • # of Co-sponsors: 168, 35, and 9 respectively

    Community Parks Revitalization Act (HR 343)

    • Summary: Would establish a program to help communities leverage resources to address health, economic development, and conservation concerns through needed investments in parks, recreational areas, facilities, and programs.
    • Relevance to NCYS: Would give communities assistance to create facilities and programs for youth sports.
    • Status: Referred to committee for consideration.
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ)
    • # of Co-sponsors: 0

    Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Grant Program Act (HR 2943)

    • Summary: Would create a dedicated source of funding for projects that expand outdoor recreation in cities.
    • Relevance to NCYS: Would give urban communities assistance to create facilities and programs for youth sports.
    • Status: Referred to committee for consideration.
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan (D-CA)
    • # of Co-sponsors: 25

    YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

    Legislation that encourages positive youth development activities and outcomes.
    21st Century Community Learning Centers (21ST CCLC) Program

    • Summary: This is a long-standing program out of the Department of Education that provides funding to states to fund out-of-school time programming to improve academic success of students.
    • Relevance to NCYS: Many of NCYS's members have been, are, or are eligible for funding through the 21st CCLC program and incorporate youth sports activities into their out-of-school programs.
    • Status: President Trump has called for the elimination of this program.

    SAFETY

    Legislation that improves the safety of participating in physical activities.
    Concussion Awareness And Education Act (HR 1271)

    • Summary: Would have the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) create a systemic research, treatment, prevention, awareness, and dissemination program with respect to sports-related and other concussions.
    • Relevance: Could lead to changes in sports policies and responsibilities for coaches and athletic support staff, while increasing safety standards for athletes.
    • Status: Referred to committee for consideration./
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH)
    • # of Co-sponsors: 31

    *Concussion Treatment And Care Tools (CONTACT) Act

    • Summary: Calls on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study and set concussion guidelines and authorizes funds for schools to apply for and use to implement those guidelines.
    • Relevance: Could lead to changes in sports policies and responsibilities for coaches and athletic support staff, while increasing safety standards for athletes.
    • Status: Has not yet been introduced in this Congress.
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)/Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
    • # of Co-sponsors: n/a

    Sports Medicine Licensure Clarity Act (HR 302/S 808)

    • Summary: Clarifies medical liability rules for athletic trainers and medical professionals to ensure they are properly covered by their malpractice insurance while traveling with athletic teams in other states.
    • Relevance: Youth sports and the medical staff that attend to them often cross state lines.
    • Status: The House bill passed the House (1/9/17), so both bills now are in the Senate for that Chamber's consideration.
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)/Sen. John Thune (R-SD)
    • # of Co-sponsors: 39 in the House/18 in the Senate

    Child Protection Improvements Act (HR 695/S 705)

    • Summary: Would establish policies and procedures to streamline the process of obtaining state and national criminal history background checks on those who work with children and would establish a criminal history review program to provide covered entities with reliable and accurate information on the criminal history of a covered individual.
    • Relevance to NCYS: For those in states that do not already have such access, the bill would give NCYS member organizations accessibility to this information.
    • Status: The House bill passed the House (5/22/17) by voice vote, so both bills are now before the Senate for their consideration.
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)/Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
    • # of Co-sponsors: 46 in the House/3 in the Senate

    Protecting Young Victims From Sexual Abuse Act (HR 1973/S 534)

    • Summary: Would require national sports governing bodies to take action and responsibility for helping to ensure young athletes taking part in local and affiliated activities are protected from sexual assault.
    • Relevance to NCYS: Could impact the operations of youth sports organizations, while providing greater safety protections for youth athletes.
    • Status: The House bill passed the House (5/25/17) and the Senate bill passed out of committee, so both bills are now before the full Senate for their consideration.
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN)/Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    • # of Co-sponsors: 16 in the House/27 in the Senate

    Student And Student Athlete Opioid Misuse Prevention Act (S 786)

    • Summary: Would create new programs to address and prevent student, particularly student athlete addiction to opioid pain medication.
    • Relevance to NCYS: Addiction/misuse of opioids is wide-spread and often starts as a result of being prescribed opioids as pain medication, such as stemming from a sports injury, so this is an issue particularly relevant to youth athletes.
    • Status: Referred to committee for consideration.
    • Sponsor(s): Rep. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
    • # of Co-sponsors:

    National Youth Sports Week

    The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports celebrate National Youth Sports Week with Congressional office visits and by hosting an annual physical activity demonstration in a House of Representatives Office Building on Capitol Hill. The NCYS Youth Sports Day event features how organizations and members of Congress can collaborate to promote healthy lifestyles for children and their families through sports. The event highlights the importance for youth to PLAY(S) sports following the National Council of Youth Sports legislative agenda which focuses on P.L.A.Y.S. ~ Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, Safety.
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    Legislative Agenda (F.A.N.S.)