Championship Thinking in Sports

Jim Meier

Championship Thinking in Sports – How the National Council of Youth Sports Serves 60 Million in Youth Amateur Sports

Founded in 1979, The National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS) is the gold standard for serving 44M boys and girls and 16M coaches/administrators in amateur youth sports in America. Through the united voice of its 200+ members, no other sport organization reaches more grassroots participants. NCYS members are the gatekeepers, the key decision-makers, the power of influence and behavior, and the advocates for valued amateur youth sports participation. Return guest Sally Johnson*, 15 year NCYS executive director, updates key latest initiatives with emphasis on the: a) Sports Safety for Youth Coaches course, b) STRIVE award for Organization of the year, c) Child Obesity 180’s Healthy Kids Out of School program, d) Ahead of the Game brain injuries and concussion injury, e) keeping kids safe from predators in youth sports (the Sep 29, 2009 addressed this topic in detail), and f) League Athletics team management tools. * Sally, with extensive management experience, epitomizes these qualities of leadership greatness: focus on the kids, strategic thinking, planning and execution, partnering, integrity, courage, high ability to listen and question