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National Council of Youth Sports

Welcome National Council of Youth Sports coaches and administrators!

The primary mission of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is to enhance the youth sport experience in America, and arguably the most effective way to positively transform youth sport is to train coaches. Through effective education, coaches can acquire the tools they need to be more successful in their roles and help ensure their impact is a positive one.

To that end, NCYS has partnered with leading coaching education provider Human Kinetics, Inc., (HK) to endorse Human Kinetics Coach Education courses.

NCYS is the largest organization in America representing the youth sports industry. NCYS membership includes more than 200 organizations and corporations serving 60 million registered participants.

“The NCYS has long sought a respectable, comprehensive, compete, user-friendly, and affordable coaching education program for the youth sport industry,” says Sally Johnson, Executive Director of the National Council of Youth Sports. “Our members can confidently deliver Human Kinetics’ customized online courses to their constituents knowing the courses are age appropriate and of the highest quality.”

“We’re delighted to partner with NCYS to reach more sport organizations with the message of the importance of quality youth sport coach education,” says Ted Miller, HK vice president and sport education director. “A coach’s influence—especially at the youth level—cannot be underestimated and often is the difference maker as to whether a child continues to participate in their sport. This is a great opportunity to help youth coaches affiliated with NCYS member organizations provide a safer and more positive sport experience for millions of young athletes.”

Human Kinetics Coach Education offerings include the Coaching Essentials course and nine sport-specific Coaching Youth Sport online courses. Through Coaching Essentials, first-time and inexperienced coaches will come away with a solid understanding of fundamental coaching concepts and basic coaching responsibilities. That same content is incorporated in the sport-specific Coaching Youth Sport courses, which also feature content on teaching technical and tactical skills of the various sports. Coaching Youth Sport courses are available for baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling.

In addition, administrators at partner organizations have access to the National Coaches Registry (NCR), a database of coaches who have completed Human Kinetics courses. Administrators have the ability to look up coaches specific to their organization to ensure coaches have met their organization's coaching education requirements.

Sport organizations often work with HK to create and deliver customized online courses featuring organization-specific content and branding. NCYS member organization PONY Baseball and Softball is an example of an organization that has tailored its coach education courses with Human Kinetics' help.

For information on Human Kinetics Coach Education online courses and customizing them for specific needs, youth sport administrators should contact Jennifer Mulcahey, youth sports consultant, at 800-747-5698, ext. 2304, or JenniferM@hkusa.com.

About the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) 

The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is well known for advocacy in promoting healthy lifestyles and safe environments for stronger neighborhoods and communities. Founded in 1979, the NCYS members comprise the Who's Who in the youth sports industry. Its membership represents more than 200 organizations/corporations serving more than 60,000,000 boys and girls registered in organized youth sports programs. NCYS is a united voice for amateur youth sports, leading the industry in promoting and enhancing the value of participation through advocacy and education. The NCYS is the largest known organization in America reaching broad and deep into the grassroots of America's heartland with a passion to create a better, more wholesome society. Visit the NCYS website to learn more about NCYS membership and the National Center for Safety Initiatives’ background screening.


ASEP courses endorsed by National Council of Youth Sports:

Coaching Essentials

Coaching Essentials is a sport-neutral course geared toward coaches of athletes age 13 and under participating in a recreational, noncompetitive setting. Coaches will come away from the course with a solid understanding of fundamental coaching concepts and basic coaching responsibilities. 
Version or Format Notes
Online Course This course can be purchased and taken online.

Coaching Youth Baseball - PDF

Priced at only $19.95, this course is delivered entirely online. Our Coaching Youth Baseball book is delivered as a series of PDF downloads within the course. Coaches are prompted to read excerpts prior to completing online course units and activities, and can print the PDFs for hard-copy reference. Volume discounts available. To place an order for more than one course, call ASEP at 800-747-5698. For single orders, click on the icon below.
Version or Format Course Components
Coaching Youth Baseball - PDF This course is available as an online, self-study course covering fundamental coaching concepts, sport first aid, and baseball techniques and tactics.

Coaching Youth Basketball 4th Edition - PDF

Our lowest-cost alternative for training basketball coaches of athletes ages 14 and under. Priced at $19.95 retail, this course is delivered entirely online. Our Coaching Youth Basketball Fourth Edition book is delivered as a series of PDF downloads within the course. Coaches are prompted to read excerpts prior to completing online course units and activities, and can print the PDFs for hard-copy reference. Volume discounts are available. To place an order for more than one course, call ASEP at 800-747-5698. For single orders, proceed through the checkout process.
Version or Format Course Components
Coaching Youth Basketball 4th Edition - PDF No ancillaries; reading material is delivered as PDF downloads within the online course

Coaching Youth Cheerleading - PDF

Our lowest-cost alternative for training coaches. Priced at $19.95 retail, this course is delivered entirely online. Our Coaching Youth Cheerleading book is delivered as a series of PDF downloads within the course. Coaches are prompted to read excerpts prior to completing online course units and activities, and can print the PDFs for hard-copy reference. Volume discounts available. To place an order for more than one course, call ASEP at 800-747-5698. For single orders, click on the icon below.
Version or Format Course Components
Coaching Youth Cheerleading - PDF No ancillaries; reading material is delivered as PDF downloads within the online course

Coaching Youth Football 4th Edition - PDF

Our lowest-cost alternative for training coaches. Priced at $19.95 retail, this course is delivered entirely online. Our Coaching Youth Football book is delivered as a series of PDF downloads within the course. Coaches are prompted to read excerpts prior to completing online course units and activities, and can print the PDFs for hard-copy reference. Volume discounts available. To place an order for more than one course, call ASEP at 800-747-5698. For single orders, proceed through the checkout process.
Version or Format Course Components
Coaching Youth Football 4th Edition - PDF No ancillaries; reading material is delivered as PDF downloads within the online course

Coaching Youth Soccer - PDF

Our lowest-cost alternative for training coaches. Priced at $19.95 retail, this course is delivered entirely online. Our Coaching Youth Soccer book is delivered as a series of PDF downloads within the course. Coaches are prompted to read excerpts prior to completing online course units and activities, and can print the PDFs for hard-copy reference. Volume discounts available. To place an order for more than one course, call ASEP at 800-747-5698. For single orders, click on the icon below.
Version or Format Course Components
Coaching Youth Soccer - PDF This course is available as an online, self-study course covering fundamental coaching concepts, sport first aid, and soccer techniques and tactics.

Coaching Youth Softball - PDF

Our lowest-cost alternative for training coaches. Priced at $19.95 retail, this course is delivered entirely online. Our Coaching Youth Softball book is delivered as a series of PDF downloads within the course. Coaches are prompted to read excerpts prior to completing online course units and activities, and can print the PDFs for hard-copy reference. Volume discounts available. To place an order for more than one course, call ASEP at 800-747-5698. For single orders, click on the icon below.
Version or Format Course Components
Coaching Youth Softball - PDF No ancillaries; reading material is delivered as PDF downloads within the online course

Coaching Youth Tennis - PDF

Our lowest-cost alternative for training coaches. Priced at $19.95 retail, this course is delivered entirely online. Our Coaching Youth Tennis book is delivered as a series PDF downloads within the course. Coaches are prompted to read excerpts prior to completing online course units and activities, and can print the PDFs for hard-copy reference. Volume discounts available. To place an order for more than one course, call ASEP at 800-747-5698. For single orders, click on the icon below.
Version or Format Course Components
Coaching Youth Tennis - PDF No ancillaries; reading material is delivered as PDF downloads within the online course

Coaching Youth Wrestling Third Edition - PDF

This course does not meet USA Wrestling's requirements for Copper Level certification. This course is for coaches of athletes age 13 and under participating in a recreational, noncompetitive setting.
Version or Format Course Components
Coaching Youth Wrestling Third Edition - PDF This course does not satisfy USA Wrestling's requirements for Copper Level certification. If you need Copper Level certification, visit the USA Wrestling page for more information.