Youth Sports Congress canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

Youth Sports Congress canceled due to coronavirus pandemic


9/15/2020 Update: The 2020 NAYS Youth Sports Congress will be held virtually on November 4-6. Visit for more details and to register.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic the National Alliance for Youth Sports regrets to announce that it has canceled its Youth Sports Congress that was slated for Nov. 3-6 in Baltimore. The annual event is held in conjunction with the Athletic Business Expo.

“Our priority is the health and safety of our NAYS community, including our members, staff, supporters and partners,” said John Engh, executive director of NAYS. “As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it’s become clear that in the face of this unprecedented situation, we needed to make a tough decision and cancel the annual Youth Sports Congress in Baltimore.” 

Options for a virtual event are being explored and further details will be released in mid-August. 

“The Congress has been the optimal way for CYSAs to earn the necessary continuing education to update their certifications and to network with professional youth sports administrators from around the nation,” said Lisa Licata, senior director of Professional Administrators for NAYS. “While we are disappointed that we are unable to gather in Baltimore, we are excited about the possibility of providing a virtual event featuring our full agenda of sessions led by top experts.”

Those already registered for the Congress will be contacted with further details and are also reminded to cancel any hotel or flight reservations that may have been made. 

While these are challenging times for all, please remember that NAYS is here to help, and is dedicated to providing high quality educational and professional development opportunities to help youth sports organizations offer the best possible youth sports experiences.

The 2021 Youth Sports Congress, co-located with the Athletic Business Show, will be held in San Antonio, Texas. 

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