National Youth Sports Coaches Association
Youth sports coaches, many of which are volunteers, are the foundation of youth sports in the U.S. Those who are trained and educated on the many different aspects involved with coaching kids are best prepared to provide participants with a fun-filled, safe and rewarding experience.
The National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) is the most widely used coach training program in the nation, having trained more than 3 million coaches since its inception in 1981. The NYSCA training is available online for coaches to complete at their convenience; and it’s also offered on site in more than 3,000 communities nationwide.
The training and membership fee is $20.
The top quality NYSCA training features two components: Coaching Youth Sports and a sport-specific training. The Coaching Youth Sports portion covers topics coaches of all sports need to know, such as working with parents; motivating kids; building confidence; instilling good sportsmanship; safety; and nutrition and hydration; among many other areas.
In the sport-specific training coaches learn how to teach the basic skills and fundamentals of the particular sport they are coaching, as well as effective drills to use during their practices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the National Alliance for Youth Sports?
A: The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is America's leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children. The non-profit organization is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was founded in 1981 as the National Youth Sports Coaches Association and evolved into NAYS in 1993.
Q: What does NAYS do?
A: NAYS helps to improve the experiences of the more than 30 million youngsters who participate in out-of-school sports. This is done by developing quality training for coaches, parents, officials and administrators on their roles and responsibilities in youth sports. NAYS also provides a variety of benefits and continuing education resources to its members.
Participation in youth sports develops important character traits and life-long values, and the lives of youngsters can be positively affected if the adults caring for them have proper training and information.
Q: How can I get involved with NAYS?
A: NAYS offers membership programs for those involved in any aspect of youth sports. Learn more about the membership that is most relevant to your role in youth sports by selecting the appropriate link below:
- For youth sports coaches (recreational and/or travel level), learn more about the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.
- For sports parents, learn about the Parents Association for Youth Sports.
- For youth sports officials, learn about the National Youth Sports Officials Association.
- For volunteer youth sports administrators, learn about the National Youth Sports Administrators Association. You may also want to learn how to start a NAYS chapter to bring our training programs for coaches, parents and/or officials to your league.
- For professional youth sports administrators, learn about the Academy for Youth Sports Administrators. You may also want to learn how to start a NAYS chapter to bring our training programs for coaches, parents and/or officials to your league.
Q: How many members does NAYS have?
A: More than 3 million coaches have been certified by NYSCA; more than 65,000 families have gone through the PAYS program; and more than 3,000 administrators have earned their Certified Youth Sports Administrator credential through the Academy for Youth Sports Administrators.
Q: How do NAYS programs benefit a community?
A: A model youth sports program is not something that anyone should just hope turns out well because there is simply too much at stake when a child's emotional and physical well-being is involved. Through the NAYS programs, adults - regardless if they are a volunteer coach, parent, administrator or official - gain a clear understanding of their roles and responsibilities in sports. This clears the way for a positive and memorable experience for everyone. A top quality youth sports program is a positive reflection on the entire community and something that everyone can be proud of.
Youth sports coaches, even volunteers, may be personally liable for their actions including any incidents that occur during play. Insurance is a proactive step to financially protect volunteer coaches. NYSCA members are covered for Excess General Liability while acting in their capacity as coaches in youth sports activities if they become legally obligated to pay for claims arising out of bodily injury, property damage and personal injury.
The coverage limit is $1,000,000 per occurrence with a $1,000,000 general aggregate (total limit). There is a sublimit for abuse and molestation claims of $1,000,000 per occurrence with a $1,000,000 general aggregate (total limit). General Liability coverage includes costs associated with defense.
Extra Coverage for Continuing Members
The Excess General Liability coverage increases to $2,000,000, with an additional $250,000 in excess accident medical, once an NYSCA member renews his/her membership.