youth sports conference

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the NAYS Youth Sports Congress/AB Show?

A. The NAYS Youth Sports Congress is a 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! 

In addition, for those who are unable to attend the in-person event, a Virtual Youth Sports Congress will be held to ensure that youth sports administrators from any location can gain the valuable information shared. 


Q. What are the Congress dates?

A. The in-person 2023 NAYS Youth Sports Congress/AB Show will take place on November 1-4, 2023.  The Virtual Congress dates are TBD and will be released by mid-year.


Q. Where is the Congress located?

A. The in-person 2023 NAYS Youth Sports Congress will be held in conjunction with the AB Show at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland.


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. If a virtual option is offered, more information will be provided regarding what is included in registration fees for the virtual option.

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 2023 NAYS Youth Sports Congress is located on our webpage via our partners at the AB Show.


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

A. When you check-in, all attendees will receive a booklet to track all the sessions they attend. At the conclusion of every session attended a room monitor will stamp the booklet to verify attendance. After the final session, the completed booklets will be collected and processed. Please be sure to put your name on the booklet prior to turning it in at the conclusion of the event. Also note that your Congress registration includes the continuing education processing fees for NAYS CYSA. All NAYS attendees will receive a detailed transcript after the event. 


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 the 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 discounts and discounts for military personnel and multiple attendees from the same organization. General registrants receive incredible value since registration includes attending the NAYS Youth Sports Congress sessions, the AB Show sessions, reception, keynote and expo PLUS earning the Certified Youth Sport Administrator (CYSA) designation too.


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

A: For the 2023 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 until September 15, 2023. For cancellations received on or after September 16, 2023, a $100 cancellation fee will apply for each registation. No refunds for Virtual Congress registrations.


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 2024 NAYS Youth Sports Congress will be held in New Orleans, LA November 20-23, 202


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

A. Please submit a proposal now for consideration before April 15, 2023. Complete the 2023 Session Proposal Form NOW!


Q. How can I be a Sponsor for the 2022 NAYS Youth Sports Congress?

A. Please email yscongress@nays.org for a media kit which includes all Sponsorship and Exhibit Booth opportunities. You may also visit our Sponsors page for more information.


Contact yscongress@nays.org for additional questions.