NAYS renews partnership with 2-4-1 Sports

NAYS renews partnership with 2-4-1 Sports


As youth sports specialization continues to wreak havoc – triggering overuse injuries, burnout, and driving kids out of participating – it’s become more important than ever for children to be exposed to a variety of sports in fun and engaging ways.

It’s why the National Alliance for Youth Sports is pleased to renew its partnership with 2-4-1 Sports, the nation’s premier sport sampling program that helps families and recreation leaders cultivate a lifelong love of activity for kids by providing diverse opportunities.  

At 2-4-1 camps, clinics and before and after school programs, the focus is on physical literacy development and fostering ability, confidence, and the desire to be active for life. Children have opportunities to sample multiple sports and learn for themselves how playing one sport increases their ability and confidence in another. 

NAYS Member Organizations interested in learning more about running a 2-4-1 Program can complete this Interest Form. Organizations that host a 2-4-1 Program will receive account balance credit to put toward NAYS Training and membership fees.

“At 2-4-1 Sports, we share in the NAYS vision where we strive for a future where all youth sports coaches, parents, officials, and administrators are educated and all children have access to safe and positive sports experiences,” said Steve Boyle, Co-Founder and Program Director of 2-4-1 Sports. “We feel strongly that our motto of Life's 2 Short 4 Just 1 Sport is a direct path to NAYS’ Better sports for kids, better kids for life motto. We couldn't be more excited for any partnership as our missions and visions are so clearly aligned, and in order for us to make a positive impact on as many children as possible it's so important for strategic collaborations like this one.”

All 2-4-1 programs follow the principles of the American Development Model (ADM) and Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and focus on fostering physical literacy development in young athletes.

Regardless of the 2-4-1 program, all attendees play multiple sports and are encouraged to try at least one sport they’ve never played before. The programs also have built in nutrition and mindfulness education, helping children to understand how they fuel their body impacts how they perform.

“We are excited to offer our members a way to encourage multi-sport participation within their organizations,” said John Engh, executive director of NAYS. “2-4-1 Sports allows young athletes to have fun while building their physical literacy in the process and setting them up for a lifetime love of sports.”

2-4-1 Sports also offers early childhood programming (parent and child) as well as consulting on how to infuse physical literacy development into your entire community.

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