Working To Better Southern Nevada Youth Sports
There are a number of things that we offer to you at no cost to you or the parents within your organization; it’s just up to you to use them.
Vital Information, One Location
We have been and will continue to grow dramatically and that’s a good thing for you when looking to recruit kids to play in your organization!
We are out in the community at a lot of different community events as well as visit with a number of schools where we give out our website information to a lot of parents and kids…
As of September 2013, our public interaction stats included: close to 470 Likes on our Facebook Page with a reach of over 1,300 per week and an active engagement of over 100 people per week. Our profile has over 1,000 friends.
(Facebook Page Insights)
Our website in just the last 6 months (from April 1 to September 29) had over 14,000 visits of which 72% where first time visitors and close to 30,000 page views.
So, How Does This Benefit Your Organization? Through our contact with parents throughout the community and through our social media channels, we are always being asked:
- Can you recommend any league/team for my child?
- What is a good organization or sport for my child?
- What’s the closest league/team to my home or area of town?
- I am looking for a particular sport that allows girls/boys.
- Much more…
We point these parents to the Southern Nevada Sports Connection section of our website (http://lvsportz.com/connection). There, they can find announcements from organizations, like yours, find a league or team in our directory and much more…
Here you can do a number of things to market your organization for free, no strings attached:
- post information about your upcoming registrations, tryouts, camps, clinics and more
- add your organization to our directory;
- congratulate your team or players on a win or a job well done;
- showcase your team or league supporting a cause such as breast cancer awareness month;
- provide game/tournament updates;
- post fundraising events;
- & More!
All information that is recently added or updated on website is then posted to our social media channels via Facebook and Twitter and will also be included in our semi-weekly e-newsletter, thus giving your information the best chance at being seen!
It's as easy as going to our contact page HERE and submitting the easy to use form...
Making Southern Nevada Area Youth Sports More Positive & Safe
This is the big one! We recently announced the launch of our new P.A.S.S. Initiative. P.A.S.S. stands for Positive and Safe Sports and we use the acronym as a way for parents, kids and coaches to keep the idea in the back of their mind while being active not just in sports but in all physical activity and life itself.
Our initiative contains several programs that are geared to help ensure that everyone involved in youth sports has up-to-date information and training on the various youth sports safety issues as well as positive sports tools. We provide a wealth of this information via our website that is easily accessible to everyone.
In addition to information found on our website, we provide several ground-breaking programs that are geared towards making your job easier:
Sports Organization Outreach
This is where it all starts and it is the basic form of what we do. We can visit with your organization on-location and talk to the parents and kids separately for 30 minutes each. We talk to them about their role in making their experience a positive one.
We then talk about sports safety issues such as Concussions, Sudden Cardiac Arrest, MRSA, Heat Illness, Hydration, Abuse/Neglect and more. We explain what they are, how they happen and what they can do on their part to recognize and prevent them.
You can also allow us to set-up a table/booth at your opening ceremonies, jamboree’s or team events where we can hand out information and can talk to parents/kids as they see fit on their own time during your event or allow us to speak to the group.
We prefer environments (such as small groups) which allows us to speak interactively with the kids.
Game-Saver CPR/AED/First Aid Program
Building on top of our general sports organization outreach, we take on a more interactive role with your coaches, players and parents. This program features two sub-programs: one specifically designed for coaches, team moms and league administrators while the other is specifically designed for student-athletes and their parents.
CPR/AED/First Aid Certification and Sports Safety Awareness for Coaches, Team Moms and League Administrators
CPR/AED/First Aid is something that every coach and person that is actively involved in youth sports should have training in. The biggest complaint about trying to get this training for coaches has been cost.
We have partnered with the American Red Cross and Certified Athletic Trainers to provide a unique and cost-effective program that you won’t find anywhere else! The reasoning that it’s too expensive is no longer an excuse… Certification in all 3 is only $30 per person and we don’t profit one cent from it!
In addition to CPR/AED/First Aid Certification, our classes also include a Youth Sports Safety Awareness and Prevention segment that overview's issues such as Concussions, Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), Hydration/Heat Illness, MRSA, Abuse, Pre-Participation Exams and more as it relates to trends in our local environment as well as legal requirements and possible liability issues.
Hands-Only CPR, AED Basics & Sports Safety Awareness & Prevention for Student-Athletes
CPR and AED for coaches is great but what if it's before or after a game or practice and someone collapses from sudden cardiac arrest but the coach isn't there yet or maybe just left and no one else around has had CPR training? Maybe the kids decide to take to the park to get a few hours of extra training in and it happens there? We could go on and on about possible situations but the point is why chance it? For us this is something that can and has happened here locally.
We work with local leagues and teams to provide youth 10 and older with training in Hands-Only CPR, AED basics and vital sports safety information for FREE. The zest here is to get them introduced to the concept and fundamentals so that they understand it enough that if a teammate or someone else around collapses they'd know what to do.
There is no cost for this program and it will only take about 1.5 hours of your organizations time for organizations with 100 or less players. For larger organizations, like leagues, we prefer we do it on a Saturday as a “league day”. Depending on the age and number of players, this can take anywhere from 3 to 6 hours as we will utilize a rotating station format.
We stress to the kids the importance of knowing how to properly perform these life-saving steps. Training should be repeated prior to the beginning of every season or at the very least, once a year.
AED Rental Program
At this time we are still seeking funding for this program that would put AED’s in the hands on many youth sports organizations without the worry of cost and maintenance. AED’s are expensive and take a lot to maintain. Our goal is to provide an affordable AED rental program so that teams and leagues may have at least one available no matter where they are. AED’s will be provided in a rugged and durable weather-proof hard case and include all necessary equipment to perform CPR and Defibrillation of both adults and children.
Pre-Participation Physicals, Heart Screenings & Baseline ImPACT Screenings
Working together with the local medical community our goal is to provide reduced fee or free sports physicals for local youth. Our overall goal with these screenings will also be to include ECG and/or a Limited 2-D Echocardiogram (or MRI) of the heart with every screening as well as a Baseline ImPACT test for youth ages 10 and up.
Our goal is to have youth sports organizations to have these as a requirement for the children in their organization. By knowing the start date of the majority of leagues throughout the area, we can adapt these screenings before the start of the seasons at least 4 times a year as to include as many free or low-cost screenings as possible. The secondary goal is to work with other clinics throughout the valley to offer options for those who miss these events.
free sports safety clinics, on-site outreach and a unique CPR/AED program. Our goal is to have this made mandatory for all teams using local venues such as sports fields and schools.
P.A.S.S. Coach Program & Certification
Want to assure your parents that their child is going to have a positive and safe experience with your organization? Our P.A.S.S. Coach Program and Certification program is designed to do just that!
- Must have a verifiable background check every two years;
- Must be current in CPR, AED & First Aid Certification from the American Red Cross or American Heart Association;
- Must complete a Sports Safety for Coaches Course;
- Must complete at least 1 of the 3 Positive Coaching Courses;
- Must become or be a current member of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) and be in good standing;
- Must abide by the NYSCA Coaches Code of Ethics;
- For Tackle Football: Must have successfully completed the USA Football’s Heads Up Football Coaches Program.
Coaches can already have some or all the above requirements prior to enlisting in our program.
Official Participating PASS Organization Program
Become an Officially Recognized Program by working with us to provide the most positive and safe environments for our children!
Organizations that work together with us and have the following within their organization can receive the designation and recognition:
- Coaches in your organization must have and be current in our PASS Coach Program Certification. (For teams, All Coaches, including assistants); For Leagues, All Head Coaches Only)
- Have at least 1 AED or are utilizing our Game-Saver AED Rental Program (pending)
- Require all athletes to pass a Pre-Participation Physical Exam
- Require all athletes ages 10 and older to receive training in our Game-Saver CPR, AED Basics and Sports Safety Awareness Program
- Must make parents aware of participation in our program and brief them on their options on following our guidelines
As a recoginzed program your organization will have the designation of "Official Participating Organization" in our Youth Sports Organization Directory and the PASS Participating YSO information page as well official use of the Official PASS YSO logo for that year/season. Other recognition may include, but is not limited too, inclusion in social media marketing of PASS related programs.
Also: When we are out and about in the community and are asked if we can "refer" someone to an organization, we will refer them to the Official Participating Organization page first.
READY TO SCHEDULE ONE OF THESE PROGRAMS FOR YOU ORGANIZATION? CONTACT US TODAY!
By supporting us you will be helping our organization to support our local youth through several programs that we designed to help us accomplish our mission, goals and objectives:
No Youth Athlete Left Behind™
As both coaches and parents, we have seen an increase in the number of children who are turned away from having a chance to participate in youth sports because the parents just can't afford it. The costs for registration, equipment and uniforms have increased dramatically over the past decade. While the leagues try their best to keep costs down, the fees incurred by the leagues are always being increased. Things such as insurance, field and referee costs have gone up substantially and all are necessary to run a league. Coupled with the current economy, it has made it hard for leagues, coaches and parents alike.
Goals of this Program:
1) Ensure that every child who has a desire to play youth sports is afforded that opportunity regardless of their families’ financial standing
2) Ensure that every player has the proper safety equipment for their sport
Southern Nevada Teamz Care
We are dedicated to showing how local youth players/teams/leagues care by showcasing their support for a cause of their choice. Pictures are added to our SNTC section and our Sportz Shot Gallery along with the players/teams/leagues name and a short description. The section is updated as new pictures come in and are added to our social networks as well!
This is open to any local player, team and or league who wishes to take part, from youth sports teams to high school and adult teams....
Send us some of your photos and a description of your team supporting a cause today, it's as simple as using our easy to use form!
We are excited to announce that we have expanded this program to include Community Give Back/Involvement Opportunities! We will post and coordinate with local non-profit and community organizations on specific opportunities for local youth sports organizations to get involved in...
This is a GREAT WAY for your organization to come together to support any number of great causes while getting the added benefits of strengthened team building/bonding, improved team moral and getting the kids involved in community service!
Southern Nevada Youth Sports Awards™
The awards honor local youth athletes and coaches below the High School level and were created as way to recognize them for their tremendous dedication, commitment and time to local youth sports and to the community as a whole. Youth coaches and athletes are nominated by other coaches, parents and athletes though a nomination process held via the LVSportz website every fall and the winners are selected through a selection panel.
Youth Athletes of the Year are chosen not only for demonstrating great stats in their sport but for also showing excellent principles in teamwork, leadership, discipline, respect, sportsmanship, community involvement and a high or significantly rising grade point average. One Male and One Female youth athlete are chosen for every sport there is a nominee for. From those winners one Male and Female Overall Youth Athlete will be chosen.
Youth Coaches of the Year are chosen for their overall Coaching Activities, Sportsmanship, Player Development (both on and off the field), Personal Coaching Development and their overall community involvement. One coach is chosen for every sport there is a nominee for. From the sport winners one Overall Coach of the Year will be chosen.