Why NCYS is involved in education

Member Benefits
The National Council of Youth Sports has excellent resources to enhance the personal and professional development of amateur youth sport leaders while staying current with the trends and meeting continuing education needs.

If you're like most sports enthusiasts, you have a desire to learn, gain experience, and self-improve. The NCYS has teamed up with providers to offer high-quality, online education courses and resources for our members.


Certified Sports Administrator (CSA)

The NCYS has partnered with internationally renowned The George Washington University (GWU) School of Business to develop a customized, flexible and affordable educational program that provides management-related courses to NCYS executives to address the existing market.

The six online Certified Sports Administrator (CSA) courses are ideal for youth sports administrators, leaders, managers, volunteers, coaches, parents who do not have the time to attend an in-person classroom setting. The program was designed with convenience in mind. You have three months to complete each course. Users can bookmark their spot so they can exit and re-enter the course, it's accessible 24 hours a day, and online learning gives users the opportunity to learn at their own pace.
more information

PREPARE Sports Safety Course
PREPARE is an online sports safety course aimed at educating coaches on how to prevent common injuries, how to recognize symptoms of potentially dangerous conditions, and how to respond in emergency situations. The PREPARE course is ideal for volunteer youth coaches who do not have the time to attend safety workshops, but need to know how to be PREPARED.

Coaching Healthy Habits

Make the call for a healthy team! Coaches across the country are helping players perform their best by following three healthy principles. Start by taking the Coaching Healthy Habits training, then get ideas to bring to your next practice or game. Be sure to share with other coaches and parents.
more information

Health and Wellness

Healthy Kids Out Of School

Recognizing that it is equally important to maintain a healthy body on and off the field, NCYS joined leading organizations to develop three guiding principles for healthy eating and physical activity out-of-school-time (OST) programs. They are:

  • Drink Right: Choose water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages.
  • Move More: Boost movement and physical activity in all programs.
  • Snack Smart: Fuel up on fruits and vegetables.

Sports leagues and other out-of-school-time organizations can play a key role in promoting health and wellness programs that can impact not only the players, but coaches and families as well.
more information

Mental Conditioning for Youth Athletes

As a parent or coach, you want your young athletes to develop athletically and personally through positive sport experiences that are fun. The integration of sport psychology/mental conditioning into their practices and training can help young athletes maximize the biopsychosocial benefits of participating in sport. Find a certified mental performance consultant in your area, view webinars and resources for coaches and parents.
more information.

Let's Move!

Childhood obesity or excess weight threatens the healthy future of one third of American children. We spend $150 billion every year to treat obesity-related conditions, and that number is growing. Obesity rates tripled in the past 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents. We need to get moving. Join First Lady Michelle Obama, community leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, moms and dads in a nationwide campaign to tackle the challenge of childhood obesity. Let's Move! has an ambitious but important goal: to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation.
more information

PALA: Presidential Active Lifestyle Award

This program truly lives up to its name. The Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) challenge will help you add activity to your life, and reward you when you do. Are you ready to get moving? Join on your own or start a group - whether it's a few friends you'd like to work out with or an organization that could stand to get healthier. You pick your challenge and strive to reach your goal, logging your physical activity along the way. An added bonus for reaching your goal and improving your health: Presidential Active Lifestyle Award!
more information

Other Resources

Growing Champions for Life
Growing Champions for Life provides parents, coaches, and athletes with practical tools and positive strategies for creating healthy teams, principle-centered athletes, and cohesive families. We produce on-line materials/videos and deliver live workshops that help parents and coaches play their roles more effectively, so kids perform their best and stay in sports longer. The True Hero Inner Circle on-line membership program gives parents and coaches an ever-growing resource of courses, articles, videos, and audio interviews that challenge and stimulate those who influence young athletes. Our programs lengthen youth sport careers, improve parent/child relationships, and increase cooperation between parents and coaches/administrators.

Our live workshops for parents and coaches teach specific strategies that have proven to be successful in tennis, gymnastics, volleyball, baseball, soccer, basketball, and figure skating. Clients include USTA Player Development, Florida Youth Soccer Association, USA Volleyball-FL Region, USA Gymnastics National Congress, and Evert Tennis Academy. We form affiliations with youth sport organizations who wish to add value to their program and increase family loyalty to the relationship.

CDC - Heat Related Illness (HRI)
This CDC online course informs coaches, teachers, parents, and high school athletes about Heat Related Illness (HRI). It shows how to recognize, prevent and treat HRI among athletes. Although most incidences of HRI in the media involve high school football players, athletes of various sports activities and ages can become susceptible to HRI. The content in this course primarily concentrates on HRI in high school athletes, but it can be adapted to prevent HRI among athletes of all ages and activities, such as high school soccer players, little league players (ages 6-13) and college- level athletes.

Sports Concussion Institute
The National Summit on Sports Concussion is held annually in late May/early June. For the agenda, registration form, and to book your hotel room visit the website or call 310-643-9595.

An example of National Summit Presentation Topics:

  • Concussion Outcomes in Youth: Advances in What we Currently Know
  • CDC's Heads Up Program: New Directions in Recognition and Response
  • Advances in Concussion Diagnostics: Emerging Technologies and Methods
  • Limiting Collisions in High Velocity Sports: An Update on Hit Counts and Monitoring of Subconcussive Blows
  • Differences in Linear and Angular Acceleration in Collision Sports: Current State of Protective Headgear and Concussion Outcomes
  • Baseline Testing in Sports: Is it Really Necessary?
  • Persistent effects of Concussion: How Concussive Injury During the Teen Years Impacts Cognitive and Motor Performance in Their 20's
  • Evaluation and Management of Concussed Youth in Pediatric Settings
  • Teleconcussion in the Evaluation and Management of Sport-Induced Concussion
  • Evaluating, Monitoring and Management of Academic Performance in Concussed Youth
  • Clinical Management of Post-Concussion Syndrome in Athletes
  • Assessing Accountability for Adherence to Sideline Evaluations and Return-to-Competition Protocols