Coaching Youth Sports Training

The NAYS Coaching Youth Sports training is one of the most comprehensive resources for volunteer coaches, no matter what sport you are coaching.

To become a NAYS Coach, you must watch the Coaching Youth Sports training video, pass the review questions covering the material presented during the video, complete an exam at the end of the video and agree to abide by the NAYS Code of Ethics for Coaches. Once those steps have been completed you move on to viewing the sport-specific video for the sport you are coaching to complete your membership.


The Coaching Youth Sports video covers a wide range of important topics to help you become the best coach you can be for your young athletes. Whether you are new to coaching or have years of experience, you'll gain valuable knowledge on a variety of aspects related to the challenging task of coaching children and helping each youngster have a rewarding experience. Some of the topics addressed in the video are the following:

What It Means To Be A Coach – Coaching kids is about much more than just teaching the fundamentals of the sport. It’s also about being a role model, teacher and friend. Some highly respected coaches share what it means to be a youth sports coach in this section.

Youth Sports Violence – Too many youth sports games are ruined by verbal and physical altercations involving parents, coaches and officials. This section takes a look at the growing problem of youth sports violence.

Conducting Practices – It’s your job to keep the interest and excitement level running high every time your team gathers for practice. This section covers the importance of keeping players active, motivating the right way, teaching fundamentals, and much more.

Game Day – This section includes the role of winning, being a good sport, respecting officials, calming kids’ pre-game nerves, and more. Game Day is what children love most, and they can be lots of fun for you too when you’re prepared.

Injury Prevention – Part of a coach’s job involves doing everything possible to prevent injuries, and also knowing what to do when they occur. Some of the most common injuries that take place in youth sports are covered here.

Nutrition and Hydration – The importance of kids consuming the proper amounts of the right types of fluids before, during and after practices and games is vital to their well-being. This section focuses on keeping players hydrated and also covers some basics of good nutrition to help players make healthy decisions.


This video features powerful and insightful commentary shared by well-known and highly respected professional and collegiate coaches, as well as expertise from some of the nation's leading youth sports educators. Some of the many individuals featured include:

  • Coaching Youth SportsMike Krzyzewski - Head basketball coach of Duke University
  • John Harbaugh - Head coach of the Baltimore Ravens
  • Vivian Stringer – Head coach of the Rutgers women’s basketball team
  • Joe Maddon – Manager of the Chicago Cubs
  • Ken Hitchcock – Head coach of the Dallas Stars
  • Sean Payton – Head coach of the New Orleans Saints
  • Roy Williams – Head basketball coach of the University of North Carolina
  • John Fox – Head coach of the Chicago Bears
  • Jim Larranaga – Head basketball coach of the University of Miami
  • Danny Manning – Head basketball coach of Wake Forest University
  • Ben McAdoo – Head coach of the New York Giants
  • Bruce Boudreau – Head coach of the Minnesota Wild
  • Lisa Stockton - Head coach of the Tulane women's basketball team
  • Buck Showalter - Manager of the Baltimore Orioles


There are review questions at the end of several sections to verify that you watched the training video. To become a NAYS Coach, it is mandatory to complete all multiple choice review questions.


Following the video, you'll be required to correctly answer 14 multiple choice questions, which cover material explained in detail within the video. Similar to the review questions, you'll have the chance to redo any questions that are answered incorrectly before moving to the next question.


In addition to completing the review questions and exam, you must sign a pledge committing to uphold the NAYS Code of Ethics for Coaches. NAYS holds coaches fully accountable to the standards set by the Code.