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.
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Human Kinetics Coaching Education Courses

At the youth level - where coaches work with athletes under 14 years old - these courses emphasize athlete development and discourage the win-at-all-costs philosophy. The courses also teach youth coaches how to manage all aspects of their role, instruct players in performing techniques and executing team tactics, and conduct efficient and appropriate practice sessions.

Coaches influence athletes at every level of sport. Through effective education, coaches can acquire the tools they need to be more successful in their roles and help ensure their impact is a positive one. This is an online national coaching education program, which includes the Coaching Essentials course and nine sport-specific Coaching Youth Sport online courses offered through ASEP.
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NATA's Sports Safety for Youth Coaches Course

The National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Sports Safety for Youth Coaches online course includes 14-sections of content is appropriate, complete, current, comprehensive and user-friendly extensively covering the most recent, expert information and best practices.

This comprehensive sports safety guide includes a concussion (traumatic brain injury) module free with your purchase of the Sports Safety Course. The concussion module can also be taken as a stand-alone course. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion and will be automatically listed for two years for free on NATA's Youth Coaches Registry.
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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.
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RC21X - Thermometer for the Brain

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) believes that it is vitally important for youths everywhere to have healthy brains before, during and after playing their favorite sport. All amateur youth sports organizations play an important role in promoting health and wellness programs and activities that affect their members, and their coaches, families and communities. NCYS has joined forces with RC21X, along with their partners - Rosetta Stone/Fit Brains and The Brain Health Center - to bring everyone another great opportunity to understand, promote and practice good brain health!

RC21X is a 12-minute brain health checkup tool that is based on General Systems Performance Theory (GSPT). It is designed for parents who want to actively support their children's cognitive well-being, and can be used in the comfort of one's home. RC21X, a self-administered, web-based Brain Performance and Assessment Tool, quickly identifies and reports changes in a person's brain performance - all without the need for professional supervision. Even more, it is fun, fast and easy to use. RC21X empowers parents to quickly and regularly measure and monitor changes in the brain performance of their children as they grow and develop.
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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.
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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!
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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.

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.