NCYS and Play Safely Sports have partnered to offer parents, coaches, and youth sports organizations a one-stop, comprehensive course for safety training.  Developed by Dr. James Andrews, Coach Jack Crowe and other experts, this course provides the information all parents and coaches need to know to keep their athletes safe.

The Play Safely Sports training course is a comprehensive online training program that provides coaches, parents, and other youth sports stakeholders with the knowledge and skills they need to keep young athletes safe. The course covers a wide range of topics, including:

A One-Stop Comprehensive Course Covering

  • Concussions
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Mental Health
  • Heat Illness and Heat Stroke
  • Communicable and Infectious Diseases
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Coaching the Youth Athletes
  • Conditions Unique to Youth Athletes

Designed to be Accessible

  • Accessible online from a phone, tablet, or computer
  • 75 minute total, broken down into 11 modules between 3 and 9 minutes
  • Video-based with knowledge checks
  • You can start and stop as needed

Developed by Experts, Proven by Parents

  • Developed by Dr. James Andrews, Coach Jack Crowe, and a team of experts with more than 20+ years
  • Created with the assistance of the National Council of Youth Sports Safety, NCAA, Safe Kids, and Children’s of Alabama
  • Evidence-based and peer-reviewed
  • Read a mother’s story about how the course saved her daughter’s life

The Statistics

  • Our Goal – Eliminate 1.75 million injuries in youth sports
  • 36.5 million youth in sports aged 5 – 14
  • 3.5 million visits to a hospital or doctor’s office annually
  • 50% of youth sports injuries are preventable, according to the CDC

City of Greenville, Alabama

“I implemented a city-wide policy to train youth sports coaches using the Play Safely Sports course as a matter of risk management,” stated Dexter McClendon, Mayor of the City of Greenville, AL. “One of our trained coaches was a mother that was cited by the Neurosurgeon for her injury recognition that saved her daughter’s life.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

“Every youth sports organization has the social responsibility to recognize sports injuries as an epidemic and establish policy in prevention through education parents and coaches,” stated Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD, 13th Surgeon General of the United States and 16th Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


NCYS has negotiated preferred purchasing rates for our members. League administrators can get coaches trained at a discounted rate. Email for more information.