Organizations dedicated to researching and improving youth sports.

The Center for Sports Parenting, Rhode Island — www.sportsparenting.org
The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) — www.nays.org
USYSA Parent Education Committee — www.youthsoccer.org

American Sport Education Program logo

The American Sport Education Program (ASEP), since 1981, has been educating and training coaches through the development and implementation of America’s leading coaching education courses and resources. ASEP materials have been used to educate more than one million coaches, officials, sport administrators, and parents. ASEP — Sport Education Resources — www.asep.com

Breakthrough Basketball logo

To put it simply, Breakthrough Basketball provides you with helpful tips and information so you can become a better basketball coach or player. On this site, you'll find information about virtually all aspects of basketball, but the emphasis is about the "fundamentals" and "doing the right thing." — www.breakthroughbasketball.com

Coach Jerry logo

Jerry Norton's site features The Kids' Sports Bulletin Board. This is a special place for kids, parents and coaches to get answers to youth sports questions, share important information, and obtain advice on specific issues. It's all about what can be done to make kids' sports better. Jerry has spent nearly 50 years organizing and coaching children's sports programs, and serving as a youth league board member, president, commissioner and referee. He has received special recognition by the Town of Huntington, NY; the Jacksonville Beach , FL, Junior Chamber of Commerce; and the Ponte Vedra , FL, Rotary Club. He works as a youth sports writer, and is the author of the acclaimed book Mom, Can I Play Football? His unique "player-friendly" Junior Development Football program is widely praised in North Florida. — CoachJerry.com

Hyper-Parenting logo

This is the official site of The Over-Scheduled Child, the book by Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld and Nicole Wise that first brought together the information about how over-scheduled American families had become, and how that was damaging children and families. — www.hyper-parenting.com

Institute for Sport Coaching

The Institute for Sport Coaching is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing and delivering the educational experiences and leadership tools critical to the advancement and continual improvement of American sport coaches. Currently based in Acton, Massachusetts, the Institute’s mission is to be the 21st century center of excellence for sport coaching education. The Institute will enable American sport coaches to be truly successful in their coaching careers. — www.instituteforsportcoaching.org

International Youth Condition Association logo

The mission of the The International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) is to enhance the knowledge of youth sports/fitness professionals and volunteers throughout the world via intensive educational opportunities as well as continuing education requirements. The main purpose of the IYCA is to assist in the evolution of the youth athletic/fitness industry by regulating the knowledge and skill of the individuals who work within it. — www.iyca.org

Just Play logo

JustPlay Sports Services is committed to creating an environment that teaches that there are "no excuses" for poor sportsmanship. — www.wejustplay.com

Mom's Team logo

Moms Team is the premier online youth sports information gateway for the 90 million youth sports parents seeking advice, community and product information from a world-class team of expert psychologists, nutritionists, athletes, medical doctors, journalists coaches, referees and parents dedicated to one mission: to make sure that youth sports is safe, affordable, stress free and more fun! — www.momsteam.com

NAYSI

Resource material covering all sports for volunteer and school coaches, teachers, parents, youth leaders, administrators, club staff, and youth work professionals. Free NAYSI On-Line Course and NAYSI News FYI. — naysi.com

National Sportsmanship Foundation logo

As a national movement based in St. Louis, the National Sportsmanship Foundation is focused on positively impacting youth through sportsmanship behaviors across the country. By building better sports, the organization strives to help shape more productive, responsible and healthy adults for the future who will contribute to a more civil society. — www.sportsmanship.org

Northeaster Univeristy Sport in Society

Centrally located within a research university and the sports industry, Sport in Society is able to unite resources, tools and organizations to strengthen the sport-based youth development community as it promotes positive change and student leadership education. — www.sportinsociety.org

Until It Hurts book

Mark Hyman's compelling new book, Until it Hurts, about youth sports, and its darker side relative to pushing kids too hard and the injuries that can result, both physical and psychological. Mark writes extensively about sports for Business and other prominent publications and undertook extensive research to write this book. The site also features a blog where youth sports parents can share their experiences. — www.untilithurts.com

Youth Basketball Coaches Association

The Youth Basketball Coaches Association mission is simple: Provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use coaching education program for youth coaches working with players from 8 to 14-years-old. — www.learntocoachbasketball.com

Youth Sports Parents

A forum to discuss the myriad ways in which adults struggle to find their place in youth sports. Mark Hyman welcomes everyone's observations and experiences. — youthsportsparents.blogspot.com