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Sports and physical activity help kids build strong bodies and brains. Interactions with trained coaches help them build the skills they need for life. All of our trainings focus on creating capable, thoughtful youth development practitioners who use sport as the vehicle through which they build strong relationships with youth. To accomplish this, coaches must be able to create an inclusive, positive team culture, design practices with high levels of physical activity, and help youth translate the skills they learn on the field into other areas of their lives.

Sports-Based Youth Development Coach Certification

We offer the nation's first certification in Sports-Based Youth Development (SBYD) Coaching. Make sure your staff is prepared with all of the most updated and useful skills and strategies in the SBYD field!

Getting Involved: How Do I Get Training?

Interested in bringing training to your organization or attending one of our upcoming training events? Let us help you out! 

Training Case Studies

Learn more about how we have worked with organizations from around the country to bring additional professional development resources to their communities!

OUr reading list 

Check out our monthly reading list for more ways to learn about this field!

Our National Training Team

The National Training Team is made up of experts in the field, both on our staff and from our member organizations. 

 Caitlin Barrett, Director of Training, Up2Us Sports (Boston)

 Megan Bartlett, Chief Program Officer, Up2Us Sports (Boston)

 Kareem Bryant, Director of Neighborhood Programs, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (Philadelphia)

 Dre de la Peza, Senior Training Manager, Up2Us Sports (Los Angeles)

 Mariana Folco, Senior Training Manager, Up2Us Sports (Philadelphia)

 Alex Landberg, Deputy Director, Chicago Run

 Nate LeJeune, Training Manager, Up2Us Sports (New Orleans)

 Pardeice McGoy, Director of Young Adult Initiatives, Youth Development Institute (New York City)

 Adrienne Moore, Assistant Director, Program Capacity, Up2Us Sports (Seattle)

 Amy Mummery, Education Director, America SCORES Chicago

 Thomas Padro, Training Manager, Up2Us Sports (Miami)

 Claire Perry, Senior Regional Manager, Up2Us Sports (Philadelphia)

 Chris Reed, Program Director, Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy

 Cela Shukie, Forward Progress (Denver)

 Kathleen Whalen, Strategies for Youth Development (New Orleans)


Still Have Questions? Click HERE To Email Caitlin!
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