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“My experience was unbelievable,” he said. “There was so much information provided that was needed and should have been implemented in my department long ago, to ensure the safety and enjoyment of our participants.”

Morris, who has been involved in the recreation field for seven years and officiates high school athletics in his spare time, decided to attend the Academy for several reasons. In addition to wanting to keep current with national trends and increase his knowledge about the ins and outs regarding youth sports – including rules and regulations, liability, safety issues and dealing with parents, among others – he also was looking for networking opportunities.

“I was also able to meet and make new friends, and discuss how each agency handles any type of situation that arises at a moment’s notice,” Morris said.

He added that he would recommend the Academy to anyone involved in youth sports programming.

“I started selling this Academy after my first day in class,” Morris said. “The information and teachings provided are a must-have for all agencies that offer youth sports programs. By implementing what is provided and taught, it will make your job easier and more stable by far.”

Upon returning to Georgia, Morris quickly began applying his newfound knowledge to the job — although he is the first to admit that his work may never be totally done.

“I still have much to implement and shuffle around, but for the most part all is well,” Morris said. “It’s definitely a lot of work, but work that will have a grand, positive result in the end. I just want to make sure I am doing all I can to ensure the safety and enjoyment of those who participate in our youth sports programs.”

Greg Bach and Sarah Christy are communication directors for the National Alliance for Youth Sports. For more information on the benefits of having a Certified Youth Sports Administrator overseeing the sports programming for kids in your community, or for more information about the Academy, visit www.nays.org/academy, e-mail academy@nays.org or call 1-800-688-KIDS.

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