All About the Recommendations For Communities - National Alliance for Youth Sports

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Slides from a 20-minute webinar about the recently updated Recommendations for Communities resource.

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What is the Recommendations for Communities?
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Recreation professionals from across the country collaborated to create guidelines that any community could implement to establish a strong and positive youth sports culture. Learn how you can help create change in your community.

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  • If you are a Community Official, Recreational Leader, Youth league president, coach, parent, or just a concerned citizen, curious about making youth sports better for kids, you are in the right webinar. Reason to stick around until the end - giveaway
  • The alarming nature of these problems led the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) to convene the National Summit on Raising Community Standards in Children’s Sports in 2001.
  • Parking lot fight – two weeks ago: Youth basketball referee allegedly kills coach after dispute over callsSouth Florida articlePlus other safety issues like sex offenders and felons
  • ALSO,Along with continuing violence and behavior there were other issues to address…
  • Lots of excuses why you shouldn’t make changes but don’t forget why youth sports program exist.
  • Not going into too much detail because we hope that you review the actual document. The recommendations are broken down into 3 parts.Many from our community of Certified Youth Sports Administrators contributed.
  • Document also includes supporting evidence for taking action in youth sports policy including…
  • Document also includes supporting evidence for taking action in youth sports policy including…
  • Other supporting content in the document. Following the 3 parts of the recommendations.
  • The alarming nature of these problems led the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) to convene the National Summit on Raising Community Standards in Children’s Sports in 2001.
  • All About the Recommendations For Communities - National Alliance for Youth Sports

    1. 1. All About the Recommendations For Communities Kate Dilworth
    2. 2.  History  Today  Audience  Recommendations Parts I, II, and III  Supporting Content  Website Resources  NAYS Update All About the Recommendations For Communities
    3. 3. History In July 2000 at a suburban Boston ice rink, a man beat another father to death during their sons' youth hockey practice arguing over rough play
    4. 4. History National Summit on Raising Community Standards in Children’s Sports (2001)  Recreation professionals from 34 states across the country gathered in Chicago, Illinois to examine the widespread problems affecting organized sports and to devise usable guidelines that can be implemented in any community.
    5. 5. History As a consensus of the contributions from the National Summit on Raising Community Standards in Children’s Sports, NAYS released the original Recommendations for Communities document in 2002.
    6. 6. Today…
    7. 7. Today  Increase of YSOs, inconsistency in management techniques of volunteer organizations, as well as a perceived lack of control over public facilities from the recreation standpoint
    8. 8. Today  Prevalence of YSOs 88% of public entities have volunteer youth sports organizations (YSOs) utilizing public facilities.  Inconsistency “Some park districts and leagues have instituted mandatory pre-season education sessions to lay out guidelines for appropriate conduct.”  Lack of control (or perhaps lack of intestinal fortitude): “We don’t have any say so over the youth sports, a private group is responsible.” “Oh we just give them the facility permit and they do whatever they want.” Give me a break! Updated Recommendations for Communities resource deemed necessary
    9. 9. 70% of recreation professionals agree public entities are responsible for the actions of YSOs using their facilities. Don’t ever forget who youth sports programs are for…
    10. 10. Your Responsibility
    11. 11. Audience  Community officials and recreation leaders. Those who have the ability to impact public regulations regarding youth sports program and facilities  Any concerned citizen "A small spark can start a great fire." ~Emmet Fox
    12. 12. Recommendations  Part 1 – Adopt a community philosophy that makes youth sports safe and positive for children.  Part 2 – Appoint a professional youth sports administrator to ensure adherence to the philosophy.  Part 3 – Hold everyone associated with community youth sports accountable for their behavior. Remember these are a compilation of input from youth sports and recreation professionals throughout the country.
    13. 13.  An overview of children’s sports in this country and the purpose of youth sports  A look at how community youth sports is commonly structured Supporting Content
    14. 14. Supporting Content  The valuable role sports play in a child’s physical and psychological development  Specific problems and issues affecting youth sports and the primary factors behind these problems  Steps that can be taken to change the culture of children’s sports.
    15. 15. Website www.nays.org/recommendations-for- communities  Download (Full Document or Executive Summary)  Share  Supplemental Materials  Add your signature of support
    16. 16. NAYS  National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) is a non- profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1981 as National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA), a training and membership program for the dads and moms coaching their kid's sports teams.  NAYS offers programs and services for everyone involved in youth sports, including professional administrators, volunteer administrators, coaches, officials, parents, and young athletes. NAYS strives to make playing sports fun, safe, and positive for all kids.
    17. 17. NAYS Update  Sports Parent Pledge  Bullying Prevention Training for Coaches and Parents  Concussion Training for Coaches and Parents  New National Youth Sports Officials Association Training Video
    18. 18. www.nays.org kdilworth@nays.org 1-800-688-5437 Go to www.nays.org/recommendations-for-communities & add your signature of support! Thank you for all you do for the children in your community!

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