youth sports conference

Frequently Asked Questions


After careful consideration of the ongoing spread of COVID-19, the 2020 NAYS Youth Sports Congress that was scheduled for November 3-6, 2020 in Baltimore, MD in conjunction with the AB Show has been canceled. This difficult decision was made out of an abundance of caution and safety for all attendees, presenters and our staff. We are committed to offering a virtual option to provide an opportunity to earn continuing education units. We are working on the details now and will announce the final plan by the end of August. Click here for more information.

Q. What is the Youth Sports Congress?

A. The NAYS Youth Sports Congress is a four-day comprehensive educational experience designed specifically for youth sports administrators! This premiere training comprises three events to be the #1 conference for specifically dedicated to youth sports professionals. The events allow attendees to participate in the NAYS Youth Sports Congress, the Athletic Business Show and maintain or earn their NAYS Certified Youth Sports Administrator by earning continuing education or participating in the NAYS Academy for Youth Sports Administrators all at one location for one special registration! 


Q. What are the Congress dates?

A. Please stay tuned for an update regarding our 2020 virtual conference.


Q. Where is the Congress located?

A. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Youth Sports Congress, will be transitioned into a virtual conference. More details will be provided at the end of August 2020.


Q. Who attends the Youth Sports Congress?

A. The Youth Sports Congress attracts youth sports professionals and volunteers, any park and recreation professional who work with children in any capacity, military youth sports directors and other representatives to discuss cutting edge topics in the field of youth sports. The educational sessions are specifically designed to meet the needs of NAYS Certified Youth Sports Administrators (CYSA) and maintain their certification while providing an opportunity for anyone involved in youth sports to attend the NAYS Youth Sports Congress as well as the NAYS Academy to earn the NAYS CYSA designation too.


Q. What is included in the registration fee?

A. For the onsite NAYS Youth Sports Congress, the following is included in the registration for all attendees:  NAYS educational seminars, Athletic Business educational sessions, keynote sessions, early morning workouts, exhibit hall admission, receptions and more. More information will be provided at the end of August regarding what is included in registration fees for the 2020 virtual conference.

For NAYS CYSAs – your registration also includes continuing education tracking that will be applied to your NAYS CYSA profile which includes updating your NAYS CYSA after the event to reflect the hours earned as well as a transcript and all associated processing fees.

For all attendees who have yet to earn their NAYS CYSA, the General registration includes an opportunity to participate in a Special Onsite NAYS Academy for Youth Sports Administrators simultaneously scheduled so participants can attend both during their time at the event. After the event, participants will be provided access to complete the certification process via the Online NAYS Academy system.

 ALL attendees are responsible for their own travel & lodging expenses.


Q. Should I be attending the NAYS Academy for Youth Sports Administrators instead of the Youth Sports Congress?

A. The NAYS Academy for Youth Sports Administrators is designed for front-line professionals who oversee youth sports and are interested in earning the NAYS Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential. The NAYS Academy will be offered in conjunction with the Youth Sports Congress to ensure that we meet the needs of all attendees, to allow attendees to earn their NAYS CYSA and experience the Youth Sports Congress and the Athletic Business Show. 


Q. What is the dress code for attendees?

A. Conference dress is casual. We recommend you wear comfortable walking shoes. Meeting rooms are often chilly so please bring a sweater or light jacket.


Q. Where can I find travel information?

A. Information about accommodations and travel for the 2021 NAYS Youth Sports Congress will be provided at a later date.


Q. I want to earn Continuing Education Units for the sessions I attend. How do I do this?

A. More information about how to earn Continuing Education Units for the 2020 virtual conference will be provided at the end of August 2020.


Q. How many continuing education hours can I receive at the Youth Sports Congress?

A. More than 10 hours of continuing education are available by attending event. Attendees should monitor their credits carefully to make sure they meet the minimum criteria to maintain their NAYS CYSA credential noting that NAYS CYSAs are required to earn 10 hours every two years.


Q. What is the cost to attend the Congress?

A. Registration prices vary throughout the year. NAYS CYSA discounted pricing is available as well as early-bird and discounts for military and multiple attendees from the same organization.


Q. I’m bringing my spouse. What can he/she attend?

A: For the 2021 NAYS Youth Sports Congress, free expo-only badges are available for spouses to visit the trade show and attend the keynote. Children are not allowed in keynotes or seminars. Children are not recommended on the trade show floor, but if they do attend the trade show, they must be properly badged at the registration desk.


Q. What is your cancellation policy?

A. If you need to cancel your registration, please submit your request in writing to yscongress@nays.org. You can transfer the registration to another delegate or request a refund. A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from transfers or refunds.


Q. What are the payment options?

A. Attendees can pay by credit card or purchase order during the registration process. 


Q. Where will future conferences be located?

A. The 2021 NAYS Youth Sports Congress will be held in San Antonio, TX on October 27-30, 2021.


Q. How can I submit a session proposal to speak at next year's conference?

A. Please visit our session proposal page for more information.


Contact yscongress@nays.org for additional questions.