NCYS Executive Director on Voice of America

Listen to Executive Director Sally Johnson's Voice of America radio interview titled Keeping Kids Safe from Predators in Youth Sports on on Jim Meier's show called Championship Thinking. It's a one hour interview with four 15-minute segments.
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The NCYS Helps Keep Youth Sports Safe

NCYS - An Untiring Advocate for the Protection of Children

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) - long known for tackling the big issues in youth sports - is an untiring advocate for the protection of children, and for eradicating criminal behavior in our organizations as well as society in order to make a positive difference for children of all backgrounds, genders, and economic diversities. In the spirit of keeping children safe by preventing, recognizing, and responding to situations both on and off the playing field, we hope all those who serve children will take on a responsible call to action to protect the children in youth-serving organizations and keep them safe.

Background Screening

National Center for Safety Initiatives

National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI) is the country's leading resource for background screening services for non-profit and youth serving organizations. NCSI was created in cooperation with the National Council of Youth Sports with the mission of eradicating harm and protecting organizations from loss and is 100% focused on helping organizations who serve Non-Profits, Youth and Vulnerable Populations.

NCSI is the choice of many of the greatest, most reputable sports organizations in the world. The comprehensive background screening programs offered by NCSI have saved thousands of people from harm and millions of dollars in losses to organizations. NCSI is the only background screening company endorsed by National Council of Youth Sports and licensed to use their Recommended Guidelines (below).
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NCYS Child Safety Packet & Recommended Guidelines

NCYS has developed a new NCYS Child Safety Packet as a valuable resource and essential tools for those who participate in the amateur youth sports/youth serving industry. NCYS, through this gold standard of best practices national template, seeks 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.

NCYS Recommended Guidelines, 2nd edition, The Gold Standard of Best Practices for Background Screening and Managing Risk In Nonprofit Youth-Serving Organizations© were created to assist those responsible for the children in youth programs to no longer have to reinvent the wheel of minimum standards for policies, procedures, and best practices.
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Injury Prevention

Privit Profile: Revolutionizing How Organized Athletics Manage
the Health & Safety of Its Participants

Safety in youth sports is eminent and the topic has been dominating conversations and litigations across the United States and Canada. More and more sport organizations are turning to technology for assistance with risk mitigation. Privit Profile helps your sport organization solve the universal problem of collecting and managing health related information from athletes and training/certification information from your staff. Stop the guess work and guarantee you have your I's dotted and your T's crossed when it comes to managing athlete information and the trainings and certifications of your staff.
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Ask the Experts

The Ask the Experts Series provides tips and expertise from skilled occupational and physical therapists as well as athletic trainers to the coaches, athletes, and parents on awareness of injury prevention and sports performance.
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Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports

To help ensure the health and safety of young athletes, CDC developed the Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports initiative to offer information about concussions to coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The Heads Up initiative provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.

The CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and its "Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports" tool kit materials have been produced with the input from many youth sports/youth-serving organizations to educate themselves and others about sports-related concussions.
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National Sports Concussion Coalition

An unprecedented alliance to identify and share the very best approaches to preventing and managing concussions? in youth sports. Every kid deserves the opportunity to play sports they love in the safest environment possible.
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Sports Concussion Institute:

The SCI mission is to reduce the long-term impacts of concussions on athletes, parents, coaches, athletic trainers, other medical professionals, and schools nationwide.
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Other Resources

When It Comes To Kids, Safety Is No Accident

8 Ways To Keep Athletes Safe [PDF]
Youth sports participation is a fantastic opportunity for our children. Youth athletes learn about teamwork, competition and the importance of physical fitness. However, with competition comes natural risks. The following tips are important for parents, coaches and planners of amateur sporting events to reduce risk and keep youth athletes safe.
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NATA's Youth Sports Safety Alliance
As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the catastrophic athletic injuries and illnesses among young athletes in the United States, the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) has spearheaded the Alliance to Address the Youth Sports Safety Crisis in America with a call to action addressing youth sports-related musculoskeletal and neurological injuries (concussion, heat illness, and ACL). With the support of 29 other leading health care and sports organizations, they are raising awareness about youth sports safety and promoting legislation to improve health care for young athletes.
NCYS Letter of Endorsement 2009 [PDF]
NCYS NATA Youth Sports Safety Alliance Letter 2011 [PDF]