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NCYS FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH SPORT ID'S FREE PLAYER SAFETY APP
June 15, 2016
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS), the leader in safety, participation, advocacy and education for youth sports, is excited to announce a strategic partnership with SPORT iD, the free player safety app. The partnership will provide the over 60-million registered participants the NCYS membership serves the opportunity to benefit from the revolutionary player safety mobile app developed by SPORT iD.
The SPORT iD app allows youth sports organizations to access vital player information in seconds in the event of an emergency. SPORT iD, which is free to players, parents and sports organizations, also provides a universal check-in process for players and parents that includes player verification, emergency contact information and medical history such as allergies, previous injuries and existing conditions. Parents can upload birth certificates and player passes in addition to signing required waivers through the app for immediate delivery to any desired organization, league or coach.
Voting Begins Today for the NCYS STRIVE Award, presented by AIG
June 1, 2016
S.T.R.I.V.E. ~ Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence!
The top "Five for STRIVE" finalists have been selected and now the general public will vote for their favorite Organization of the Year thru the STRIVE website ncys.org/strive. Online voting will end at 11:59pm ET on Thursday June 30, 2016. Let the STRIVE online voting begin!
The Five for STRIVE finalists are:
~ National Athletic Trainers' Association
~ South Forsyth Youth Wrestling Club
~ Southern California Youth Rugby
~ Winston-Salem Roadrunners Track Club
~ York Jewish Community Center
FREE Coaching Healthy Habits Training
May 24, 2016
NCYS is helping coaches and parents promote healthy behaviors with youth athletes. Recognizing this opportunity, NCYS is working with Healthy Kids Out Of School, an initiative of ChildObesity180 at Tufts University, that collaborates with national out-of-school-time organizations to promote three healthy principles: Drink Right, Snack Smart, and Move More!
"The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) supports our members in helping youth athletes practice healthy habits in sports and life. Coaching Healthy Habits provides FREE coach training and parent resources, says Sally S. Johnson NCYS Executive Director. "Here at NCYS, we know coaches play a significant role in helping kids be healthy both on and off the field. We're asking our member organizations to promote simple health behaviors that can impact not only the players, but coaches and families as well."
NCYS Recognized By The Aspen Institute
May 17, 2016
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) was recognized yesterday in Washington DC at The Aspen Institute Summit. Executive Director Sally Johnson announced six new NCYS initiatives within the "What's Your Play" emphasize prevention sector that is consistent among the Project Play strategies based on the report Sport for All, Play for Life: A Playbook to Get Every Kid in the Game.
The featured session was with First Lady Michelle Obama, who joined the stage with a conversation with her brother Craig Robinson, ESPN college basketball analyst, and moderator Michael Wilbon, co-host of ESPN's Pardon the Interruption. More than 60 other leaders, journalists and athletes also spoke during the Project Play Summit, the nation's premier gathering of leaders at the intersection of sport, youth and health. http://aspenprojectplay.org/events
STRIVE AWARD. Do You Know An Organization Who Could Use $5,000? Spread the Word!
April 1, 2016
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and AIG are proud to present the 2016 S.T.R.I.V.E. Award for Organization of the Year. Nominations are now being accepted. S.T.R.I.V.E. ~ Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values & Excellence. This award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids by promoting responsible health, wellness and safety within their organization.
We will be striking up the band and honoring the winning organization with lots of publicity for their hometown and their organization! No one is more deserving of the S.T.R.I.V.E. Award than your organization and those who make youth sports programming such a great All-American success.
Save These Important NCYS Dates!
March 8, 2016
SAVE THESE DATES!
1. NCYS Youth Sports Day ~ Tuesday July 12, 2016 ~ Washington, DC.
2. National Youth Sports Week ~ July 11-17, 2016.
3. NCYS CEO Leadership & Insurance Summit ~ September 12, 2016 ~ Overland Park, Kansas.
4. SPORTS The Relationship Conference September 13-15, 2016.
New Online Courses Address Today's Most Pressing Sport Safety Concerns
February 4, 2016
Human Kinetics Coach Education and Sport Safety International (SSI) have partnered to offer youth coaches and administrators online instruction in the recognition and treatment of concussion, heat illness, and sudden cardiac arrest. ConcussionWise, HeatWise, and CardiacWise are high-quality, video-rich online courses designed to assist coaches in the prevention and management of the conditions they address.
What's New in Background Screening?
January 14, 2016
What's New in Background Screening? Athlete Age Verification, Share Results with Other Organizations, Integrate with Registration Systems, and more! Not all background screens or risk management services are equal. Here's why the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) is the best choice for background screening and risk management and why NCSI is the ONLY background screening organization endorsed by NCYS.
Great Features are now available from NCSI and its Check-it-Twice 2 year program search. Are You Looking For Quality, Service, Ease-of-Use & Compliance, and Value? Nobody Does It Better for You Then NCSI.
Plug into Dr. Wade "The Coach Doc" Gilbert's Free Articles and Webinars!
January 8, 2016
Introducing The Coach Doc Connection, an online portal for youth, high school, club, and college coaches and administrators featuring free articles and webinars written and conducted by Dr. Wade Gilbert. Make the Connection and Plug into Dr. Wade "The Coach Doc" Gilbert's FREE Articles and Webinars! The Coach Doc Connection link: http://www.asep.com/theCoachDoc.cfm?associate=18374
Free CDC HEADS UP Microsite Provides Concussion Safety Info for Your Website
January 5, 2016
We want you to be among the first to know that the NCYS is helping the CDC HEADS UP promote its new resource called a microsite. It offers a simple way for you to share HEADS UP tools and concussion safety information directly through your own website. All content is maintained by CDC and syndicated to your site, which means that, once embedded, the microsite will automatically keep your site current with the latest HEADS UP content. Check out the microsite and grab the embed code. For technical help please email: IMTech@cdc.gov.
Action Alert: SUPPORT FULL FUNDING FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PEP Grants)
August 29, 2015.
The NCYS is a proud member of the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA). Together the NCPPA member organizations are campaigning to preserve physical education at the federal level. NCYS is asking for your support and have put together the attached advocate letter. It is important that we coordinate our efforts using our collective resources as a coalition to take these messages far and wide in efforts to help save physical education.
We have been told by Members of Congress that if they don't hear from us on the importance of dedicated funding for physical education (PEP Grants) then we will lose that funding in appropriations and once lost, it will be very difficult to ever get it back.
HELP ADVANCE THE P.L.A.Y.S. ACT -- ASK YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO CO-SPONSOR THIS QUALITY YOUTH SPORTS BILL TODAY!
Last year, members of the National Council of Youth Sports took to Capitol Hill to discuss with Members of Congress the benefits of youth sports and how the federal government can partner with community groups and volunteers to promote quality youth sports and the enhances youth development and safety that would entail.
The fruits of those efforts, in the form of the Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, and Safety (PLAYS) in Youth Sports Act, was introduced in late June 2015 by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) and already has 6 co-sponsors! You can find more about the bill at www.congress.gov and entering HR 2932 into the search field.
We need your help to increase the number of co-sponsors and advance this bill. Here's how you can help....
ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO JOIN THE 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.
DEVELOPING THE HEALTHY YOUTH ATHLETE SUMMARY REPORT RELEASED
NCYS is among ACSM Partners to host the "Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete Conference"
focusing on the areas of concussion and youth sports health and safety. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) partnered with a number of prestigious organizations including the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) in hosting an action-oriented summit “Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: The Public Health Challenge and Opportunity.”
ELECTRONIC PRE-PARTICIPATION PHYSICAL EVALUATION REBRANDED AS PRIVIT PROFILE ~ Revolutionizing How Organized Athletics Manage the Health and Safety of Its Athletes
June 2, 2015
Privit Profile™ (formerly e-PPE®) is the #1 software provider for managing health information typically required for sport participation. Privit Profile™ is a secure medical content delivery, collection, and reporting platform, based on patented technology developed by PRIVIT®. Focusing on the health and safety of athletes, Privit Profile™ diminishes the reliance on paper-based athletic pre-screening processes (preparticipation physical evaluation or PPE).
NCYS Selects CELATICA as a Preferred Partner Offering a Line of High-End Sports Performance, Athletic, Recovery and Therapy Apparel
May 13, 2015
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is proud to announce Celatica as a new preferred provider. Celatica is committed to supporting the health and well-being of all ages, all genders, backgrounds and diversities by offering an array of products that are clinically proven to aid in healing, recovery and improved performance. They also carry a line of customizable apparel for youth and team sports.
Celatica's athletic and therapy apparel are "Made in the USA" using Celliant, a specially formulated fiber that is knit, woven or added to fabrics to enhance oxygen levels in the body. Increased oxygen is well known to help with faster muscle recovery and healing; increased strength, energy and endurance; reduced pain, swelling and fatigue; enhanced comfort and well-being; balanced body temperature; and heightened athletic performance.
NEW PENNSYLVANIA LAW REQUIRES CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
April 28, 2015
Maybe you haven't yet heard about Pennsylvania's Act 153 of 2014, but this new state law may significantly affect your organization concerning background screening requirements for employees and volunteers working with youth in Pennsylvania. This includes individuals serving with or at sports or athletic programs, youth camps or programs, outreach programs, enrichment programs, troops, clubs and similar organizations. Administrators who fail to comply with the Act can be fined up to $2,500.
PROPOSED FEDERAL LEGISLATION INCLUDES PHYSICAL EDUCATION AS A CORE SUBJECT
April 8, 2015
The inclusion of physical education as a Core Subject in the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act is being proposed in bipartisan federal legislation. This has been a priority advocacy issue of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS)
for years as we have supported SHAPE America’s leadership on this legislation. Thank you for all those that have actively advocated for the inclusion of PE in the schools as a core subject. Physical activity + good nutrition = healthier generations. In-school or out-of-school, let’s keep kids active and safe on and off the playing fields.
NEW 12-MINUTE BRAIN HEALTH CHECKUP IS A HELPFUL TOOL FOR MONITORING BRAIN PERFORMANCE AND ASSISTING IN RETURN TO PLAY
March 10, 2015
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) has teamed up with the developers of RC21X, a brain health game and performance measuring system for the health and safety of children, parents, and families. RC21X enables families to give their children a brain checkup at home by playing a series of games that takes about 12 minutes to complete. NCYS members are eligible for a free trial of RC21X, a game and performance measurement system named in honor of baseball legend and humanitarian Roberto Clemente.
HEAR YE! HEAR YE! Do You Know An Organization That Could Use $5,000? Nominations Are Open for the 2015 S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year ~ Don't Delay, Nominate Today!
March 4, 2015
S.T.R.I.V.E. ~ Sports Teach Respect Initiative Values and Excellence!
Nominations are now being accepted for the NCYS 2015 S.T.R.I.V.E. Award for "Organization of the Year" presented by AIG. The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and AIG are proud to present the 2015 STRIVE Award for Organization of the Year. This award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids by promoting responsible health, wellness and safety within their organization.
NCYS PARTNERS WITH AT PEAK SPORTS IN EFFORT TO REDUCE YOUTH SPORT INJURY The Best of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Unite With Social Fitness App To Increase Performance, Decrease Injury
February 25, 2015
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) has gained another national partner in its quest for reducing injury in youth sports announcing a partnership with At Peak Sports. At Peak is a youth sports social fitness app. The platform delivers age-, gender-, and sport-specific strength and conditioning exercises, and video-guided workouts that are designed by medical professionals to improve conditioning for youth athletes to prevent injuries. The app comes with exercise videos demonstrating proper exercise form and technique for youth sports, including soccer, lacrosse, football, basketball and baseball. The platform includes social networking features that allow athletes to communicate with teammates, upload photos, view sports-related video content and challenge each other in sports trivia contests. NCYS will collaborate with At Peak Sports to bring top-notch educational content to the At Peak platform.
Government Affairs Support for NCYS Members
February 19, 2015
Active Policy Solutions has been working with NCYS over the past several years in a variety of government affairs capacities. This support has included organizing our activities for Youth Sports Week in DC annually, drafting and advancing our own legislation P.L.A.Y.S., and serving as our eyes and ears on the ground in Washington to support our work on youth sports policy. As a member of NCYS, we are pleased to extend APS’s government affairs support to your organization at a discounted hourly rates to assist you in meeting your advocacy or government affairs needs.
NCYS and AIG Name Stamford JCC as the 2014 S.T.R.I.V.E. Organization of the Year!
November 21, 2014
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) are pleased to announce that the Stamford Jewish Community Center has been named the 2014 S.T.R.I.V.E. (Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence) Organization of the Year for its “kids first” approach to safety. Since opening its doors in 1916, the Stamford JCC has become a valuable community resource, especially well-known for its continuum of safe, supportive, and inclusive health and fitness programs for children and youth of all abilities, backgrounds, and financial circumstances.
NCYS Has Feature Article on The Benefits of Youth Sports
June 25, 2014
NCYS is pleased to have the feature article "Improving Health and Fitness of Children for a Lifetime of Health~The Benefits of Youth Sports" in Playground Magazine's summer issue. See pages 16-19. Also, read how "NCYS is Enhancing the Youth Sports Experience" on page 24.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL YOUTH SPORTS WEEK ~ JULY 13-20, 2014
Call To Action
The week of July 13-20, 2014, thousands of youth sports coaches, athletic directors, recreation directors, association members, sponsors, young athletes, and parents across the country will show their support focusing on P.L.A.Y.S. ~ Physical activity, Living healthy, Access, Youth development, Safety. All youth sports organizations are encouraged to use National Youth Sports Week as an awareness campaign opportunity to promote your own organization and encourage your members to promote their programs.
NCYS Participates in the NATA Youth Sports Safety Alliance Summit "Rethinking Youth Athlete Safety" and Capitol Hill Day in Washington, DC.
March 1, 2014
‚€œRethinking Youth Athlete Safety‚€Ě is the theme for the 5th national Youth Sports Safety Summit to be held March 10-11, 2014 at the Westin City Center, Washington, DC. The conference will be held on Monday and on Tuesday attendees will take the message about sports safety to Capitol Hill.
The annual conference is proving to be very critical to keeping the public‚€™s attention focused on ALL sports injuries, especially catastrophic and fatal events. Attendance will help educate policymakers and the public about sudden cardiac arrest, exertional heat illness and sickling, cervical spine and organ injuries, as well as concussion. NATA and its supporters will continue to promote the National Action Plan for Sports Safety and the Student Athletes‚€™ Bill of Rights.
From Digital to Physical Play: Can Tech Make It Happen? A Roundtable at Google Headquarters
February 5, 2014
Technology is often blamed for sedentary behavior, including falling participation rates in team sports among children. But technology isn't going away. So how do we use tech as an asset, and reduce the barriers to access to an early positive sports experience? This one-day roundtable will convene leaders from the realms of technology, business innovation and academia to change the game for kids and youth sports, one of the few industries whose model has yet to be disrupted (for the better) by technology.
On behalf of Project Play, Tom Farrey, Director, Sports & Society Program has identified NCYS Executive Director Sally Johnson as one of the leaders whose perspective The Aspen Institute believes will be valuable at the roundtable “From Digital to Physical Play: Can Tech Make It Happen?” Mountain View, CA -- Google headquarters February 26, 2014.
"Developing The Healthy Youth Athlete" Conference Draws Top Leaders
December 16, 2013
Please join us at one of the most important recreational sports, play, and physical education conferences of the year: "Developing The Healthy Youth Athlete: The Public Health Challenge and Opportunity", February 11-12, 2014, in Orlando, Florida. NCYS Executive Director Sally Johnson will be a panelist on the topic "What Do We Know About the Health and Safety of Our Players -- Physically, Emotionally, And Developmentally?
The Conference is an unprecedented opportunity to come together as CHANGEMAKERS, and participate in a national conversation that impacts the lives of the children we serve. It is being co-sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine, Disney/ESPN, the National Council of Youth Sports, the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and Sports & Society, a program of the Aspen Institute.
PRIVIT AND THE NCYS WORK TOGETHER TO ENHANCE THE SAFETY OF YOUTH SPORTS
October 17, 2013
Dedicated to improving the health and safety of young athletes, PrivIT announced today its partnership with the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS). PrivIT offers organizations a patented, secure, easy to use, online system, called e-PPE (electronic pre-participation evaluation), to help athletes, parents, and medical professionals collect, protect, and share personal health information. Every athlete in the United States must pass a physical evaluation to play a school sport.
The medical history is the most important part of the evaluation, which is supplemented by listening to the heart, checking blood pressure, and reviewing family medical history. e-PPE enables parents to enter their child’s health history information in a HIPAA compliant environment that uses military grade encryption to ensure data security. Parents enjoy the ease of use and the flexibility of being able to update their children’s health profiles on a regularly, thus eliminating the redundancy of filling out annual paper forms. In addition, e-PPE enables medical personnel to be more proactive in their pre-screening evaluation process by helping to identify and mitigate health risks specific to each player.
SQUASHSMARTS NAMED STRIVE ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR. NCYS and AIG Recognize Exemplary Organizations That Apply Strong Values & Safety Initiatives in Youth Sports
October 16, 2013
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) are pleased to announce that SquashSmarts has been named the STRIVE (Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence) Organization of the Year for its “kids first” approach to safety. SquashSmarts is a free academic and athletic mentoring program that keeps Philadelphia public school students in school, in shape and on track for graduation. The program utilizes the sport of squash to foster academic excellence, healthier lifestyles, leadership and achievement among students in grades 5 through 12.
NATION'S YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS AND HEALTH LEADERS UNITE TO LAUNCH SPORTS CONCUSSION PARTNERSHIP National Sports Concussion Coalition to identify shared approaches to enhancing safer youth play
October 7, 2013
A number of the nation‚€™s most prominent youth sports organizations announced today that they will be partnering with concussion specialists, sports medicine professionals and leaders at other levels of sports to create an unprecedented coalition to prevent and manage concussions among young athletes.
The National Sports Concussion Coalition expects to be the most comprehensive alliance of its kind, with science and medical leaders in the fields of concussions, brain injury and sports medicine working directly with a cross-section of organizations and governing bodies that represent millions of athletes across major organized sports in the United States.
NCYS PARTNERS WITH THE ATLX CHANNEL FOR 24/7 SPORTS ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION "Athletics, Training, Lifestyle" Brings Big Screen Opportunities to the Youth Sports Industry
July 30, 2013
The National Council of Youth Sports is proud to announce that it has teamed up with The ATLX Channel (“Athletics, Training, Lifestyle"). ATLX is the only 24/7 sports entertainment television network fully dedicated to everyday athletes and athletic lifestyle. “This is an exciting step forward for NCYS and its members to share their individual and organizational stories on the big screen. We are appreciative of The ATLX Channel and respect its focus to deliver unique and entertaining lifestyle programming,” says Sally Johnson, Executive Director of the National Council of Youth Sports. “ATLX will provide ground-breaking media exposure taking the youth sports experience to a whole new level.”
FIRST LADY, 'LET'S MOVE" SHOULD FIGHT FOR MORE SAFE PARKS
July 2, 2013
The first lady‚€™s popular ‚€œLet‚€™s Move‚€Ě initiative has had tremendous success focusing on school lunches, nutrition and exercise. But many children also need safe places to play. The little-known Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is the tool to get this done. In addition to protecting land in America‚€™s national parks, wildlife refuges and forests, the fund also provides matching grants for community parks, trails, skate parks, ball fields, swimming pools and playgrounds, ensuring recreational opportunities for Americans in every state in the nation. At a time when the nation is struggling to figure out how to cover rising healthcare costs, the fund gets its money from annual royalties paid by energy companies drilling for oil and gas offshore instead of taxpayer dollars.
NATIONAL COUNCIL OF YOUTH SPORTS ENDORSES HUMAN KINETICS COACH EDUCATION COURSES. ASEP's Reputation for Excellence in Training Connects the Youth Sports Industry
June 4, 2013
The primary mission of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is to enhance the youth sport experience in America, and arguably the most effective way to positively transform youth sport is to train coaches. 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. To that end, NCYS has partnered with leading coaching education provider Human Kinetics, Inc., (HK) to endorse HK‚€™s American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and its coach education courses.
NCYS AND AIG ARE BACK TO FIND THE S.T.R.I.V.E. ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR!
May 15, 2013
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and American International Group, Inc. (AIG) announced the kickoff of the second annual STRIVE Organization of the Year Award. The award recognizes youth organizations that embrace a “kids first” approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies to protect kids and promote safety. This commitment demonstrates to young people that Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence (S.T.R.I.V.E.) in a safe, fun environment. Nominations may be submitted on the NCYS website, www.ncys.org/strive before the July 15, 2013 deadline.
Johnson Inspires St. Vincent and the Grenadines Successful Certified Leadership Course
April 18, 2013
National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) Executive Director Sally Johnson was a featured presenter at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Committee’s (SVG NOC) highly successful National TAFISA (The Association For International Sport for All) Certified Leadership Course in ‘Sport for All’ between April 13-16, 2013. Keith Joseph SVG NOC Secretary General said, “It was indeed our immense pleasure to have invited Ms. Johnson and to have had the benefit of her many years of experience. We shall forever be grateful.” He continued, “I also believe that our participants thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Johnson’s presentation and the interaction in the Group work really revealed this.”
Healthy Kids Hub Website Helps Out-of-School Programs Connect With Resources to Support Millions of U.S. Children. Three Key Principles Are: Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart
April 8, 2013
Healthy Kids Out of School, an initiative of ChildObesity180, today launches the Healthy Kids Hub website (www.HealthyKidsHub.org) to support out-of-school programs in promoting healthy snacks and physical activity through customized, evidence-based tools and resources. Founded on three key principles -- Drink Right, Move More, and Snack Smart
-- Healthy Kids Out of School has united with the National Council of Youth Sports and eight other leading organizations around these simple principles so that children experience consistent, healthy messages across out-of-school-time activities. Through the new Healthy Kids Hub website, all out-of-school-time programs -- from sports leagues to extracurricular activities -- will now have access to resources that support healthy habits.
BREAKING NEWS: New Guidance Will Enhance Opportunities for Students with Disabilities ~ Impact Compared to Title IX
January 25, 2013
A historic and significant milestone for our nations’ school children with disabilities has been reached with the guidance issued today by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The guidelines clarify schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act to provide athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) commends the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights for this guidance, as it will have far reaching positive effects on the lives of children with disabilities and our communities.
Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team Named STRIVE Youth Sports Organization of the Year - NCYS and Chartis Recognize Exemplary Organizations That Apply Strong Values & Safety Initiatives in Youth Sports - Youth Sports Organizations Take Action on Concussion Awareness
August 30, 2012
Bishop Feehan Girls Lacrosse Team from Attleboro, Massachusetts has been selected as the first recipient of the STRIVE Youth Sports Organization of the Year award for its "kids first" approach that includes the implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within its organization. The STRIVE Award (Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence) is sponsored by Chartis and presented by the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS).
National Athletic Trainers' Association Releases New Online Sports Safety Course for Youth Coaches - National Council of Youth Sports Endorses the First-Class Educational Training
June 14th, 2012
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) announced the release of its online Sports Safety for Youth Coaches course today. The course offers youth sports coaches a comprehensive review of the latest information on health and safety issues facing young athletes. “The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) praises the NATA for developing a much needed youth sports safety training course with course content that is appropriate, complete, current, comprehensive and user-friendly extensively covering the best practices of risk management, legal issues, PPE, emergency planning, training, conditioning, nutrition, recognizing illnesses and injuries, concussions, equipment, safe playing conditions, and more,” said Sally S. Johnson, NCYS Executive Director.
The NCYS Child Safety Packet, 2nd Edition Unveils the Gold Standard of Best Practices Beyond Background Screening. Tools, Templates, and Resources Assist With Managing Risk
April 24, 2012
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) today announced the release of its NCYS Child Safety Packet, 2nd edition. The new publication was developed as a valuable resource and essential tool for those who participate in the amateur youth sports/youth serving industry. "Through this gold standard of best practices national template, we seek to establish the minimum industry standard that a youth-serving organization should incorporate when establishing its own policy to protect the interests of youth participants within the organization, said NCYS President Dr. Wanda L. Rutledge.
S.T.R.I.V.E. Is Alive! NCYS and Chartis Accepting Nominations For The 2012 STRIVE Organization of the Year Award! Recognizing the Best Approach to Protecting Kids and Promoting Safety
March 15, 2012
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and Chartis are proud to present the 2012 STRIVE (Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence) Organization of the Year Award. This award recognizes organizations that embrace a "kids first" approach, evidenced by their implementation of recognized best practices and policies that protect kids and promote safety within their organization. Nominations may be submitted on the NCYS website, www.ncys.org/strive
The nomination form includes sections for testimonials and references. The award will be presented at the "SPORTS 2012 - The Relationship Conference" held September 10-13, 2012 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) Joins Forces with Chartis to Help Reduce Concussions for Young Athletes
January 24, 2012
The National Council of Youth Sports announced that it is collaborating with Chartis to raise awareness of the risks of concussions and other head injuries in youth sports through aHead of the Game®. aHead of the Game® is designed to help coaches, parents and young athletes learn signs and symptoms of concussions, seek proper treatment and follow appropriate return to play protocols to avoid the significant dangers of multiple concussions. NCYS is helping Chartis spread the word by providing "aHead of the Game" materials on its website, providing content for the Chartis aHead of the Game micro site, and distributing educational materials to its members.
National Council Of Youth Sports Unites With Leading Out-Of-School-Time Organizations To Combat Childhood Obesity. New initiative of ChildObesity180 has the potential to improve the health of tens of millions of children every year
December 2, 2011
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) announced on Tuesday at the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Building a Healthier Future Summit its partnership with leading out-of-school-time organizations to unify principles for nutrition and physical activity. The Healthy Kids Out of School initiative is a collaboration between the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Council of La Raza, the National Urban League, Pop Warner, US Youth Soccer, the YMCA of the USA, and 4-H, as well as the National Council of Youth Sports.
Connect With Those Who Want to Earn Your Business at S.P.O.R.T.S. 2011
September 13-15, 2011
S.P.O.R.T.S. at Orange Beach, Alabama! Sports event owners and rights holders and host cities, industry suppliers and sports related business execs come together at this exclusive annual event. This one-of-a-kind, space-limited conference is designed to bring sports event planners together with destination host organizations and other industry suppliers who want to form lasting relationships and do what it takes to earn their business. Scheduled for September 13-15 at the Perdido Beach Resort on the beach in beautiful Orange Beach, Ala., this conference is for serious sports events industry executives who want to have some fun, too!
National Youth Sports Week Unveils "F.A.N.S. for Youth Sports" Strengthening the Four Main Pillars of Fitness, Access, Nutrition and Safety
July 27, 2011
National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) Executive Director Sally Johnson joined U.S. Representative Mike McIntyre, Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports and other prominent figures at a news conference to announce the unveiling of the 112th Congress Youth Sports Legislative Agenda during National Youth Sports Week. The event took place on Wednesday, July 27th at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. F.A.N.S. stands for Fitness, Access, Nutrition and Safety!
NCYS and Always Positive Join Forces to Spread the Message: Making a Positive Difference in Life, Community and Sport. A Positive Attitude Lifestyle Movement is Happening, Are You In?
July 22, 2011
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is pleased to announce it has endorsed the Always Positive (AP) movement teaming up to create positive environments in youth sports and healthy lifestyles for stronger neighbors and communities. “Win, lose or draw, whether in athletic competition or in life, a positive attitude is critical to succeed,” said NCYS Executive Director Sally Johnson. “Attitudes are contagious and an Always Positive banner is a movement the National Council of Youth Sports is proud to rally around for the benefit of the athlete, the team, the family, the community and the world.”
NCYS Teams-Up with League Athletics.com Providing Easy-To-Use Sports Websites, Online Registration, Management and Communications Tools for Parents, Volunteers, and Coaches
June 7, 2011
The growing need to provide youth sports teams, clubs and organizations with the necessary league management tools was made stronger today by the announcement of a partnership between LeagueAthletics.com and the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS). For more than a decade, LeagueAthletics.com has been providing high quality websites, online registration, management and communications systems throughout the web. The LeagueAthletics.com website tools spread the administrative load of managing a club’s registration and communication activities in an easy-to-use, organized manner.
OKCBF Receives Community Leadership Award from the President's Council on Fitness
June 1, 2011
The Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation is one of five organizations across the U.S. to receive the 2011 Community Leadership Award from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. The award is given annually to recognize efforts to provide or enhance opportunities for the community to engage in physical activity, fitness, or sports programs.
National Council of Youth Sports Names Motel 6 Its Official Lodging Partner Offering Nationwide Discounts for Sports and Leisure Travel
May 17, 2011
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is proud to announce its new partnership with Motel 6 offering affordable lodging to its members. The partnership offers NCYS members a nationwide discount on Motel 6 and Studio 6 room reservations. With 1,100 properties across the United States and Canada, NCYS members can find clean, comfortable rooms and great service at the lowest price of any national hotel chain as they travel for sporting events and leisure.
PEP Survives Massive Federal Budget Cuts But Future Tenuous
April 13, 2011
We Need Your Help Saving PEP. A perfect storm is developing in Washington that could eliminate funding for physical education. Leaders in the House of Representatives are committed to reducing government spending. The recently passed budget does not include money for physical education (PEP). The Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) is in SERIOUS DANGER in the current budget environment. A pre-written letter has been composed for you and will automatically be sent to your representatives when you click here to show your support: http://www.capwiz.com/sgma/issues/alert/?alertid=15057526
Happy One Year Anniversary of Let's Move!
February 8, 2011
As you know, this week marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Let's Move! initiative. An important part of this week is our unveiling of multiple resources that are designed to let you work within your community on solving the problem of childhood obesity. Does your organization have a newsletter or a blog? Check out the columns by the First Lady that you can use. http://www.letsmove.gov/stakeholders.php
AthleticTrainer4Hire Website Service Locates Qualified Athletic Trainers to Provide Medical Coverage at Youth Sporting Events and Camps
December 7, 2010
AthleticTrainer4Hire is a remarkable website service that caters to Certified Athletic Trainers and to Event Coordinators of sports related events and camps. Locating qualified athletic trainers to provide medical coverage at sporting events is very important to the safety and well being of today’s youth and event coordinators are having to search too hard to find licensed, certified and qualified athletic trainers.
National Foundation Legislation Passes the Senate
December 13, 2010
On Friday December 10th, the U.S. Senate unanimously endorsed legislation to create the National Foundation on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition--a nonprofit, charitable foundation to raise private funds to support the work of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. S.1275 moved through the Senate with bipartisan support and it is expected to be taken up as H.R.4322 by the House of Representatives before the 111th Congress adjourns.
The Entire Sports Industry Loses A Great Champion
August 9, 2010
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the entire amateur youth sports and sporting industries are mourning the death of former U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK). Senator Stevens, 86, and four other people were killed on Monday night in a plane crash in southwest Alaska. Senator Ted Stevens was a champion of sport in America and a tireless advocate for all American athletes. He will always be remembered for his service.
NCYS Provides Funding Relief Program For Youth Sports Organizations While Promoting Healthy Spending Habits
June 24, 2010
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and Locker 81 Fundraising Solutions proudly announce the release of an amazing new program called Smart Giving. The purpose of the program is to assist youth sports organizations with responsible and respectable fundraising solutions that provide funds for both the grass-tops national organizations and the grassroots local teams and leagues.
Are You Doing Your Due Diligence?
May 13, 2010
Recently there has been high profile attention to the issue of predators in youth sports. As a result of this heightened attention it is more important than ever that we are all doing our due diligence to protect and preserve the integrity of our organizations. In the spirit of keeping children safe, we hope you find this information helpful in providing history as well as a responsible call to action by reviewing your organization’s best practices, policies and procedures.
Sports Parenting Tip of the Month Becomes an Effective Resource for Youth Sports Parents and Coaches
May 6, 2010
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and PlaySportsTV (PSTV) continue to serve the youth sports community by delivering the necessary tools for educating youngsters. Today they announced a new resource for the youth sports industry, the “Sports Parenting Tip of the Month” video player. This educational tool is a customized video player that an organization can add to its web page.
Partnership Provides the Tools for Developing Stronger Youth Coaches and Well-Rounded Athletes. PlaySportsTV.com and the National Council of Youth Sports Expand the Resources
March 18, 2010
One skill and one young athlete at a time adds up quickly with the right instruction. The growing need to provide youth sports coaches and parents with the necessary tools for educating youngsters was made stronger today by the announcement of a partnership between PlaySportsTV.com (PSTV) and the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS).
National Council of Youth Sports and Preferred Sports Provider Network Team Up For Injury Prevention and Sports Wellness. Athletes Win Big With Quality Sports Fitness and Performance Services
March 3, 2010
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and Preferred Sports Provider Network (PSPN) are proud to announce a new partnership for athletes to increase their physical ability, to build strength, prevent injury and perform better.
NCYS Executive Director Guest on Voice America
September 29, 2009
NCYS Executive Director Sally Johnson was the guest on Jim Meier's live Voice America live broadcast show on Tuesday, September 29, 2009. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
The show, called Championship Thinking" provided Ms. Johnson the forum to discuss the NCYS, its history, common issues, advocacy, projects, programs and "Keeping Kids Safe from Predators in Youth Sports".
President Obama Announces New White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport
June 16, 2009
Today, President Barack Obama announced the formation of the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. This permanent White House office will promote the values of the Olympic Movement and encourage increased youth participation in athletics. The primary function of the Office will be to enhance awareness of the Olympic Movement through promotion of its fundamental principles at the federal level.
Congratulations to NCYS Member Don Ruedlinger on Receiving the 2009 Naismith Sportsmanship Award
Don Ruedlinger will accept the award on Tuesday, June 23, 2009 during the Polk County All Sports Award Dinner at the Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Florida.
Racing Protege Alli Owens Heads to Victory Lane with NCYS
May 28, 2009
Female ARCA RE/MAX driver with eyes to the 2010 Nationwide Series serves as national role model
In memory of Neil A. Parmenter, an NCYS STRIVE Award’s Local Youth Sports Administrator of the Year
May 4, 2009
In memory of Neil A. Parmenter
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is sad to announce member Neil Parmenter, 70, passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2009. He was a lifelong Des Moines resident.
Dedication, Passion and Commitment Determine America’s Best Youth Sports Leaders as STRIVE Hometown Heroes
August 15, 2008
This year, NCYS’ Hershey’s STRIVE Award will be presented to a national administrator, a local administrator, a volunteer and a coach/official for their “heartfelt passion, enthusiastic commitment, and a contagious spirit to help kids succeed in youth sports activities.” Honorees were nominated by team members, parents or colleagues and judged by a panel of NCYS officials.
STRIVE Award Recognizes Top Youth Sports Leaders in National Program
September 18, 2007
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) selected five adult leaders involved in youth sports organizations as recipients of its 4th annual Hershey's STRIVE Award. STRIVE stands for Sports Teach Respect, Initiative, Values and Excellence.
National Council of Youth Sports and CDC Team-Up on Youth Sports Concussion Initiative. New Tool Kit Provides Essential Concussion Recognition and Response Information for All Youth Sports
July 27, 2007
The National Council of Youth Sports today announced they have joined with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help promote a new initiative to protect participants of all youth sports who may be at risk of concussion. The campaign entitled, “Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports,” expands efforts of previous CDC campaigns which were designed to protect teenagers at risk of concussion to athletes of all youth sports, regardless of age.
United States Olympic Committee Teams Up with the NCYS and NCSI to Provide a Full Service Criminal Background Screening Program
February 19, 2007
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) has announced a new agreement with United States Olympic Committee (USOC) for background screening services. Sports leaders are making the commitment to the best safety standards.
Hometown Heroes Shine In National Spotlight
September 21, 2006
Millions of men and women active in youth sports are finally getting the recognition they deserve. The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) has named four individuals from hometown communities throughout the United States as recipients of its Hershey's STRIVE Award. NCYS membership represents more than 52 million boys and girls involved in youth sports nationwide.
America's Best Youth Sports Leaders Dream, Reach, Succeed
September 5, 2005
This awe-inspiring STRIVE Award pays tribute to exceptional individuals who devote countless hours each week, all while juggling full-time careers, families, and other commitments. They are a reflection of thousands of other youth sports mentors across the nation that work very hard and expect little or nothing in return.
Skills For Life - The Fundamentals You Need to Succeed
April 1, 2005
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) and Skills for Life, LLC, have created an affiliate program to sell the unique new coaching manual for life - Skills for Life: The Fundamentals You Need to Succeed
- by Mike Jarvis and Jonathan Peck.
Americans Outdoors Act Introduced in Senate
June 24, 2004
For several years now, the National Council of Youth Sports and its membership have been advocates for the protection and preservation of land so that our children will have adequate athletic fields and recreation facilities. Americans for Our Heritage and Recreation (AHR), a NCYS member, has been a respected leader guiding us and keeping us informed on the progress of related legislation to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).
Hershey's STRIVE Awards Program Honors Youth Sports Hometown Heroes
The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is proud to introduce the Hershey's STRIVE Awards. These annual awards recognize coaches, administrators and volunteers - from hometown communities throughout the United States - who have demonstrated a heartfelt passion, an enthusiastic commitment and a contagious spirit to help kids succeed in youth sports activities. Through their actions and professionalism, they demonstrate to young people that sports teach respect, initiative, values and excellence.
NCYS Submits Written Testimony to U.S. House of Representatives
April 03, 2003 - Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Interior receives statement from NCYS requesting support to protect the land for sport and recreation.
FBI Requests Youth Sports Community To Make a Commitment To the Safety of Children
The attached letter
from the FBI requests the members of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) to take action in the protection of our children through the National Child Identification Program (NCIDP). The NCYS is challenging all youth sports organizations to get involved in this child safety awareness program taking on our public safety responsibility.
Congress Names NCYS In The Protect Act As A Particpant In An Eighteen Month Background Checks Child Safety Pilot Project!
Child safety legislation for reliable and rapid background checks with one national database that is federally funded is NCYS' ultimate advocacy goal. As the first step to that end, NCYS is honored and excited to be one of three organizations named in the PROTECT Act that will participate in an eighteen-month pilot project whereby 100,000 background checks (33,000 for each organization) will be performed by the FBI.
Who's Protecting Our Children - An NCYS Child Safety Initiative
The NCYS has taken a leadership position in addressing the crisis currently affecting youth-serving organizations - known incidents of and potential for abuse and molestation of youth by coaches and mentors. Child abuse/molestation is by no means confined to sports, yet unfortunately, any program where adults supervise children represents an obvious opportunity for sexual predators, and youth sports programs are known targets for perpetrators of these crimes.
NCYS' Youth Sports Trends Study Shows Increase in Participation!
The Compilation Is Complete and The Results Show Youth Sport Participation Numbers Are Up To 52 Million Boys and Girls Participating In Organized Youth Sports Programs Across the United States!