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.
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 nearly 100 local and national organizations have signed in support of the introduction and passage of the P.L.A.Y.S. Act (click here to review the Congressional Letter of Support and current list of signees).
To add your organization to the list please email us at firstname.lastname@example.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.
Below is a legislative package for the 113th 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!
Legislation that promotes physical activity among all segments of our society
H.R. 2178 and S. 1033
Sponsors: Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Introduced: May 23, 2013 in both the House and the Senate
Authorizes grants to states to develop or enhance data collection systems about physical education and implements programs to support physical education, activity, and fitness, and nutrition. The bill also provides instruction on how to establish lifelong health lifestyles. It supports development for health and physical education teachers and provides assistance for schools to provide equal physical activity opportunities for students with disabilities.
H.R. 2160 and S. 392
Sponsors: Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) and Senator Tom Udall (D-NM)
Introduced: May 23, 2013 in House and February 27, 2013 in Senate.
Amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to include health education and physical education in the definition of "core academic subjects."
H.R. 455 and S. 217
Sponsors: Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
Introduced: February 4, 2013 in the House and the Senate
Requires high schools to report basic data on the number of male and female students to their athletic programs and the expenditures made on each sports team. Public access to this information would permit schools and communities better insight into female athletic participation and subsequently improve females' opportunities.
H.R. 2179 and S. 531
Sponsors: Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Introduced: May 12, 2013 in the Senate and May 23, 2013 in the House
Would require physical activity guidelines to be published every ten years based on the latest scientific evidence. A midcourse report that outlines best practices and ongoing issues relating to physical activity would also be published five years in.
S. Res. 130
Sponsors: Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Introduced: May 7, 2013
A resolution designating the week of May 1 through May 7, 2013 as "National Physical Education and Sport Week."
Sponsor: Representative Ron Kind (D-WI)
Introduced: March 5, 2013
Amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to treat certain amounts paid for physical activity, fitness, and exercise as amounts paid for medical care.
Sponsors: Representative Donna Titus (D-NV)
Introduced: March 21, 2013
Amends the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act to direct the Secretary of Agriculture to implement a program providing commodities to nonprofits for the provision of nutritious food to at-risk school children on weekends and during extended school holidays during the school year.
Sponsors: Representative Marc Veasey (D-TX)
Introduced: April 26, 2013
Would designate May 2013 as "Health and Fitness Month"
Not yet introduced (Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) has introduced this resolution in the past)
Would designate September as "National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month."
Legislation makes accessing physical activities easier by removing barriers and creating/ expanding venues
Sponsor: Senator Max Baucus (D-MT)
Introduced: February 14, 2013
Would make permanent and exempt from the annual appropriation process, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which provide funds and matching grants to federal, state and local governments for the acquisition of land and water, and easements on land and water, for the benefit of all Americans. The main emphases of the fund are recreation and the protection of national natural treasures in the forms of parks and protected forest and wildlife areas.
Sponsor: Representative Albio Sires (D-NJ)
Introduced: June 18, 2013
Revise and update the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery (UPARR) program by providing matching grants to localities for the purposes of capital projects that would renovate or create new green space and recreational areas and facilities in metropolitan areas.
Legislation that encourages positive youth development activities and outcomes
H.R. 1008 and S. 475
Sponsors: Representative Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA)
Introduced: March 6, 2013 in the House and Senate
Reauthorizes the Special Olympics Sport and Empowerment Act of 2004 and provides assistance to Best Buddies to support the expansion and development of mentoring programs.
S. Con. Res. 13
Sponsor: Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
Introduced: April 17, 2013
Commends the Boys & Girls Clubs of America for its role in improving outcomes for millions of young people and thousands of communities.
Legislation that improves the safety of participating in physical activities
Sponsor: Representative Tim Bishop (D-NY) and Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Introduced: Not yet introduced
Requires state educational agencies, in order to be eligible to receive federal education funding, to issue regulations establishing minimum requirements for the prevention and treatment of concussions.
H. Res. 72
Sponsors: Representative Jim Gerlach (R-PA)
Introduced: February 15, 2013
A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of the Secondary School Student Athletes' Bill of Rights, which involves mostly safety and training.
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.