Fourteen University of New Hampshire students earn CYSA credential

Fourteen University of New Hampshire students earn CYSA credential


Fourteen students at the University of New Hampshire recently earned their Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential through a unique partnership with the National Alliance for Youth Sports.

And now they’re armed with a widely recognized and respected professional credential to help secure jobs and internships in the months ahead.

Dr. Bob Barcelona, Department Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation Management & Policy at the University of New Hampshire, incorporated the CYSA training into his Recreational Sports Management class this fall.

“I am always trying to add value to students who take my courses and having the opportunity to sit for the CYSA is a major value-add,” Barcelona said. “Students were able to use what they learned in the class to complete their CYSA exam, and now have a recognized credential that will help them secure internships and jobs in youth sports.”

The Academy for Youth Sports Administrators is one of the most respected trainings available for professional youth sports administrators, and more than 5,600 nationwide have earned the CYSA credential. Among the topics covered in the training are child abuse and bullying prevention, parent management, conflict resolution, inclusion, insurance and risk management, youth sports philosophy, professional development, volunteer management, and more.

“We now have 14 new CYSAs that will help to improve the quality of youth sports in northern New England,” Barcelona said. “I am thrilled that we had the chance to partner with NAYS on this unique learning experience!”

Plus, these students will benefit by having access to all the additional trainings, tools and resources that are available to CYSAs year-round, along with the all-important networking opportunities where they can communicate with CYSAs worldwide.

“We were so pleased to work with Dr. Barcelona and his passionate students to help prepare them for their work in the field of recreation and athletics,” said Lisa Licata, Senior Director of Professional Administrators for NAYS. “Providing a recognized industry certification and opportunities to network with other CYSAs will be a huge boost to their careers.”

For more information email

New Hampshire CYSA Training Learning Administration

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