Coaches screaming. Parents arguing. 911 calls, altercations and arrests ruining youth sports. Help us make youth sports safe and fun for children in your community.
Real LifeA youth football coach in Sarasota, Fla. was recently found guilty of battery on a sports official for his part in a videotaped brawl that made national headlines and it serves as yet another horrific reminder of the alarming problem of violent behavior among adults at youth sporting events.
Since 1981 the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) has been the nation's leading advocate for positive and safe sports for children by providing innovative programming for volunteer coaches, parents, officials and league administrators that enables them to clearly understand their roles and responsibilities in ensuring that every child has a memorable experience.
NAYS promotes the value and importance of sports and physical activities in the emotional, physical, social and mental development of youth. NAYS believes that participation in sports and activities develops important character traits and life-long values - when adults understand the importance of being positive role models and keeping their emotions in check for the benefit of the youngsters participating. In addition, NAYS believes that the lives of youngsters can be positively impacted by participation in sports and physical activities if the adults involved have proper training and information.
NAYS programs are provided at the local level through dynamic partnerships with more than 3,000 community-based organizations as well as on U.S. military installations worldwide.