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The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) educates, equips and empowers youth sports leaders,
volunteers and parents so all children can enjoy the lifelong benefits of sports. NAYS, a nonprofit
501(c)(3) organization, partners with more than 3,000 community-based organizations and has trained
more than four million coaches, parents, officials and administrators since its inception in 1981.
NCYS seeks to train and educate coaches, educators and family members to ensure that young people
participate in a safe environment so they get all of the benefits associated with youth sports.
The National Youth Sports Strategy is an essential resource for policymakers and key decision-makers in
youth sports. It aims to unite U.S. youth sports culture around a shared vision: that one day, all youth
will have the opportunity, motivation, and access to play sports — regardless of their race, ethnicity,
sex, ability, or ZIP code. Based on research and best practices from the scientific community and
successful youth sports programs across the United States, it offers actionable strategies for parents,
coaches, organizations, communities, and policymakers to support youth sports participation for all.
Keeping children and teens healthy and safe is always a top priority. Whether you are a parent, youth sports coach, school coach, school professional, or health care provider, this site will help you recognize, respond to, and minimize the risk of concussion or other serious brain injury.
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is the leading not-for-profit organization dedicated
to building strong, healthy and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation. NRPA
advances this vision by investing in and championing the work of park and recreation professionals as a
catalyst for positive change in service of equity, climate-readiness, and overall health and well-being.
Each state has their own Recreation and Parks Association to provide resources, support, training, continuing education, and networking opportunities for those in the industry. Click here for a directory listing of each state's association and get involved with your state association today!
Project Play connects the silos and drives progress. Launched in 2013 by the Aspen Institute Sports &
Society Program, the initiative develops, applies and shares knowledge that helps build healthy
communities through sports.
The Aspen Institute drives change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the greatest
challenges of our time.
PCA believes that all youth can benefit from a positive, inclusive sports culture that develops social and
emotional skills, molds character, and prepares them for competition and life. In more than two decades
of work, PCA expanded from a small local nonprofit to a strong, nationwide organization that provides
programming in all 50 states, reaching thousands of organizations around the country and positively
impacting millions of youth athletes every year.
Our Coaching Essentials and Coaching Youth Sport online courses provide coaches with baseline
knowledge in the areas of coaching philosophy and style, communication, team management, practice
and game-day planning, first aid, and rules. Coaching Youth Sport courses also feature sport-specific
content on teaching the techniques and tactics of the respective sport. Coaching Youth Sport courses
are available for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and
wrestling. Our courses are supplemented by Coaching Youth Sport ebooks and downloadable study
guides, forms, checklists, and practice plans that coaches can refer to long after they complete the
From this page, you can view, download, or print a variety of free resources to use in your sport
programs. Just click on the corresponding text links below. It is the intent of Human Kinetics Coach
Education that materials made available for free download by sport administrators, coaches, officials,
athletes, and parents should be used in classroom, clinic, and other group activities and/or gatherings or
be printed and shared with coaches and parents in your programs.
The mission of the Changing the Game Project is to ensure that we return youth sports to our children,
and put the ‘play’ back in ‘play ball.’ We want to provide the most influential adults in our children’s
lives – their parents and coaches – with the information and resources they need to make sports a
healthy, positive, and rewarding experience for their children, and their whole family.
The TrueSport mission is simple and bold: to change the culture of youth sport by providing powerful educational tools to equip young athletes with the resources to build life skills and core values for success on and off the field.
We Coach works with organizations that are serious about increasing their social impact through sport.
Our team of experts helps integrate innovative practices from the fields of youth and community
development into sports programs and strategies.
The mission of the CoachSafely Foundation is to limit youth sports-related injuries through research, advocacy and education of coaches, parents, physical educators and other influential figures in young athletes’ lives.
Support includes training, staff availability, and a variety of sport-specific skill videos, drill ideas and plays for the game. All of our coaching resources allow you to provide age-appropriate instruction while helping the kids develop into great people. i9 Sports also provides a weekly practice plan tailored specifically for your age group or division. We also teach sportsmanship values so that kids learn not just the game, but skills that will help them succeed in life.
The National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute is dedicated to being the recognized leader and
advocate for advancing and disseminating the latest research and evidence-based education,
recommendations and policy to enhance the experience, development, health and safety of our youth in
The National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute has compiled several resources in many different categories to support your youth sports program
SSI’s mission is to reduce sport injury and promote safe participation in sport and physical activity
worldwide through accessible education. The team practices what they preach and are certified athletic
trainers and sports medicine physicians serving youth, amateur, collegiate and professional sport
organizations. SSI also actively supports research through its generous donations to the NATA Research
and Education Foundation.
STOP Sports Injuries wants to be sure that you have all the information you need to keep kids in the game for life. Whether you are an athlete, coach, healthcare provider or parent, we have the sports injury prevention tips and tools to make sure safety is your first priority.
PLAY Sports, which stands for Promoting Local and Youth Sports, is a unique coalition of community and
national sports organizations and leaders formed to support young athletes, working families, coaches
and volunteers across all 50 states, particularly those in underserved areas, through the COVID-19
pandemic and beyond.
Founded in 1983 by Dr. David A. Feigley, the Youth Sports Research Council is a division of the
Department of Kinesiology and Health at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
The YSRC develops, synthesizes, and disseminates information about the influence of physical activity
and organized sports on the healthy development of children and adolescents. Our award-winning
educational programs are designed for recreation directors, coaches, parents, and administrators of
youth sports leagues.
USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men’s and women’s
basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States
Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training, and
fielding of the USA National Teams that compete in FIBA sponsored 5v5, 3v3, and E-Sports international
competitions as well as for some national competitions and for the development of Youth Basketball
initiatives that address player development, coach education, and safety.
US Youth Soccer, the largest youth sport organization in the country, is on a mission to provide world-
class support, resources and leadership, helping every member fulfill their goals on and off the field of
play. US Youth Soccer registers nearly 3 million players annually. Through its programming, resources
and leadership, US Youth Soccer is advancing the game for its 55 Member State Associations, 10,000
clubs and leagues and nearly 1 million administrators, coaches and volunteers. US Youth Soccer
connects families and communities to the power of sports and its shared love of soccer. US Youth Soccer
provides a path for every player, offering programs that provide a fun, safe and healthy environment for
players at every level of the game. We Are Youth Soccer.
USA Football believes in the passion, intensity, joy, confidence and sense of community football brings
to those who play, coach and love it. From practice to playoffs, we work to make the game better and
safer, ensuring that nothing stands in the way of a player’s excitement for the sport.
Our mission is not just about baseball. It’s about communities and people, specifically children whom we
are committed to serving, protecting and supporting as they progress through the game of life. We
believe in baseball as a vehicle for change and empowerment, as an experience that provides adversity,
success and most of all fun. We work with some of the best and brightest minds in sport to help those
that are dedicated to the well-being of our athletes, succeed. From the grassroots to the elite, we see
the diamond as an opportunity both for individual development and for generations to connect. The
game changes over time, our commitment to it doesn’t.
Formerly the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, USA Softball (USAS) has many important
responsibilities as the National Governing Body of softball in the United States, including regulating
competition to insure fairness and equal opportunity to the millions of players who play the sport.
Hockey develops skills on the ice that build a foundation for a lifetime. In addition to athletic prowess,
hockey promotes confidence, pride, focus and responsibility. With an emphasis on fun, hockey is a game
to be played and enjoyed for life.
USA Volleyball is the national governing body for the sport of volleyball in the United States and is
recognized as such by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) and the United States Olympic and
Paralympic Committee (USOPC).
As the sport's national governing body, US Lacrosse provides national leadership, structure and
resources to fuel the sport's growth and enrich the experience of participants.
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