What Makes the National Academy of Athletics

the BEST Youth Sports Franchise?


The National Academy of Athletics is the best youth sports franchise because our Founder and CEO, Aaron Locks, has over three decades of working in the Youth Sports business. He was mentored by some of the most famous coaches on record and developed the NAofA programs and philosophy based on the knowledge he received along his journey.

Aaron comprised a team of like-minded business professionals with a lifetime of experience and passion in sports. They all believe some of the most important life lessons are learned at a young age, playing sports! So together, they combined their expertise to develop the National Academy of Athletics on a mission to bring back recreational youth sports programs to children nationwide. In just ten years, the NAofA successfully operates its programs in 5 states and 200 locations.


The National Academy of Athletics is on a mission to bring youth programs to kids throughout the nation. We use sports to promote positive mental and physical development in our youth. Our goal is to diminish childhood obesity by advocating for healthy lifestyles while providing tools to boost confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and personal growth.

Through inspiration, motivation, and perspiration, we believe sports bring out a positive change in every participant!

We Are Not Just a
Youth Sports Camp Company!

The NAofA uses sports to promote mental and physical enrichment in our youth while teaching kids sports fundamentals in a way that is FUN and keeps them engaged.

Participants have tons of fun developing confidence, optimism, and personal growth while learning new sports and life skills, competing in challenges, and making new friends.

We Do Not Promote Dedication to a Single Sport.

We are not pushing children to get scholarships or become pro athletes. Our recreational programs are FUN and introduce children to an active, healthy lifestyle in hopes they maintain this lifestyle through adulthood.

We are introducing children to life skills like teamwork, perseverance, and effective communication, which they will need to succeed in any career they choose.

Of course, if a child dreams of pursuing sports as a career, we will support them and their family to make the best decisions to grow.

We do not compete against the City Recreational Departments, Schools and Leagues; we service their needs.

Through strategic partnerships, we can help provide youth athletic programs that are better managed and a team of NAofA Certified Coaches to fulfill the youth sports needs of the community.

We are uniquely qualified to offer an authentic Win-Win-Win experience. Everyone who partners with the National Academy of Athletics wins.

Our Trademarked Teaching Method

Our TRADEMARKED 3, 6, 6 Teaching Method. This teaching method is designed specifically to keep kids’ attention and ensure that they get the best opportunity to learn, grow and have fun!

Today kids have a very short attention span. At our programs kids don’t have a chance to get bored. Our kids PLAY HARD and HAVE FUN!

Our education programs don’t stop with children! We are the leader in youth sports coach development and offer parent and referee courses!

Our NAofA Youth Coach Certification program is unsurpassed.  The United States Sports Academy uses our certification program for its Youth Sports Coach training. Even our competition has asked us to train their coaches!

We go the extra mile to work with the parents to provide education on how to be great and supportive parents to young athletes.

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If Sports and Mentoring Children is Your Passion, the NAofA will Show you How to Make the NAofA Your Successful Business.

If making money by combining your passion for athletics, children, and business sounds like a dream come true- look no further than the NAofA.

Low Initial Investment, Low Overhead and Quick ROI

Low initial investment, low overhead, and low royalty fees allow our franchisees to see a return on their investment in a timely manner.

Flexible Work Lifestyle

Becoming your own boss allows you to work from home on your own schedule. You manage your calendar, so your family plans and business meetings are fully in your control.

Training and Support from Seasoned Professionals

The NAofA strategic training program has been proven to launch new successful territories in no time. Our experienced corporate team will begin your training by introducing you to our Communication Software and access to our 24/7 online Intranet, where you can study our programs and processes at your own pace. You will have personal one-on-one training from each department head to ensure you are confidently trained to manage your operations, sales & marketing, and relationship-building strategies. We understand the learning curve of learning new software programs and will be there every step of the way to support you through your education process. Our CEO will personally take you on a 2-day in-person in-the-field training in your territory to help you solidify your first few Community Partnerships and will teach you how to hire and train your coaching staff.

The Largest Selection of Sports Offerings

Our unique program offerings, trademarked teaching methods, and Community Partner services have made us the leader and preferred youth sports organization in every community we serve.

NAofA franchisees can offer up to 11 different sports across a variety of programs, including traditional summer camps, sports leagues, Physical Education, after-school and recess programs, sport-specific clinics, and classes to provide a variety of revenue streams throughout the entire year.

You Will Never Feel Alone

Our 24/7 Intranet not only answers your specific questions about running your youth sports franchise, but also connects you with your team! You will connect with other NAofA Franchise owners where you can share ideas and ask questions. You will also be able to join our bi-weekly sales call to receive guidance and coaching directly from our founder and CEO.


We are eager to partner with passionate, sports-minded entrepreneurs who enjoy working with kids. Extensive experience in early childhood and physical education isn’t necessary. If you love kids and believe in making a difference in their health and well-being, and love sports, and believe there is no better way for a child to learn valuable life lessons than playing youth sports, then we will teach you the rest! All it takes is your passion and drive to be successful.

Our Partners Love Our Programs

This is a great academy! Aaron has always been so committed to providing the best camps for kids to attend.  The staff is a group of very motivated, enthusiastic, and dedicated people who love to work with kids and help them improve their skills and love for the game. I recommend this academy to any parents out there who want their kids to not only learn the game but to have a fun time while doing it.

JT, Teacher & Coach, City of Cotati

I am a high school basketball official who has attended several of Aaron Locks’s basketball officiating camps throughout the last several years. Aaron has a wealth of experience in basketball officiating at all levels. He has been trained by John Wooden, Pat Riley, and Dave Libbey, to name a few. At his officiating camps, he is high-energy, as is the rest of his staff. I have learned a lot from him about basketball and officiating. I would recommend attending his camps if you want to improve your craft of basketball officiating. It’s well worth the expense and effort!!!!

Pat, Basketball Referee, City of San Francisco

“Our little league is so much better prepared for the season. The combination of the player’s clinics, coaching clinic, and parent orientation was a great way to make sure that everyone was on the same page. The feedback from everyone has been incredible. The communication with the Area Captain and home office is great.”

Erik, Recreation Supervisor, Redwood City Parks & Rec

“Our program has over 3,000 participants each year. The National Academy of Athletics has been an instrumental part of our success. The coaches do an amazing job of presenting topics in a manner that is engaging, entertaining, and hits home.”

Judy, President of Youth Sports Association, City of Moraga

“The camps are run very well. Aaron trains the staff at the National Academy of Athletics to be enthusiastic and attentive to the needs and moods of the kids. We have received nothing but positive feedback from parents and kids. I was unsure of how everyone would buy into what Aaron was presenting. However, I must say that he did it. I received very positive feedback from our coaches, players, and parents. We are looking forward to taking the next step with Aaron next season.”

Amy, President, Redwood Pal Football, City of Santa Rosa



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*Disclaimer: This website and the franchise sales information on this site do not constitute an offer to sell a franchise. The offer of a franchise can only be made through the delivery of a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Certain states require that we register the FDD in those states. The communications on this web site are not directed by us to residents of any of those states. Moreover, we will not offer or sell franchises in those states until we have registered the franchise (or obtained an applicable exemption from registration) and delivered the FDD to the prospective franchisee in compliance with applicable law.