Start Smart / National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS)

About the National Alliance for Youth Sports

Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation is an official chapter of the National Alliance for Youth Sports. The purpose of this Chapter is to train Volunteer Coaches, Administrators/Chairpeople, and Parents the appropriate methods of working with children in Youth Sports.


The goal of the National Alliance for Youth Sports is to make America's youth sports safe and positive. The Alliance believes that this can only happen if:
  • We provide children with a positive introduction to Youth Sports;
  • That administrators, coaches, and game officials are well trained;
  • Parents complete an orientation to understand the important impact sports has on their child's development; and
  • Youth sports are implemented in accordance with the National Standards for Youth Sports.

Current and upcoming Start Smart classes:

Please click the icon(s) below for more information on the upcoming session starting January 2018. 
Summer programs (May and June) will include the following programs:

  For further info, please visit the National Alliance for Youth Sports website
You may also contact Tim Getz, Chapter Director at 410-939-6724,  
Chad McGraw at 410-638-3988 or Meghan Denhard at 410-638-3616.