Collierville’s Parks and Recreation Athletic Coordinator Brad Heacox has earned his Certified Youth Sports Administrator (CYSA) credential from the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS).
“I wanted to get this certification to help me fine tune the Collierville sports programs that I administer,” said Heacox. “It’s good to have a national standard in place to format certain aspects of the programs and to set us apart in a positive way.”
Heacox spent 42 hours studying 9 different areas of youth sports management such as Youth Sports Philosophy, Program Administration, Risk Management, Program Evaluation and Professional Development. Subtopics included Volunteer Screening, Child Abuse/Bullying Prevention, Emergency Action Plans and Coach Education.
The CYSA credential will also allow Heacox to help out at conferences and forums in the future, and this is something he is very excited about. He also wants to participate in setting guidelines in the youth sports community on a national level, such as the NAYS’s National Standards for Youth Sports.
“This certification will allow me to take on more of a leadership role within the youth sports community,” said Heacox.
Heacox has already begun the “fine tuning” of his sports programs by updating the Athletics Division’s Policies and Procedures manual with all the latest information on running the sports programs.
The National Alliance for Youth Sports was started in 1981. As a Member Organization, the Collierville Parks and Recreation Department has access to many resources for creating a better sports experience for young people.
(Brad is pictured above with his wife, Christi, and son, Jake.)