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  • Youth Baseball camp


October 28th, 2021|

TO PLAY OR NOT TO PLAY I grew up in a time where kids had a Physical Education class at school that taught us exercises, stretching, sports, and (although I wasn't aware as a kid) life skills. After school, [...]


FREE Coach & Teacher Webinar- BSN Sports

August 11th, 2021|

FREE Coach & Teacher Webinar: How To Get Your Student Athletes In The Back To School Mindset CEO of National Academy of Athletics, over 3 decades in sports coaching, education, and management Calling all Coaches & Teachers! [...]

  • Every Kids Sports


July 20th, 2021|

NAofA PARTNERS WITH EVERY KIDS SPORTS National Academy of Athletics partners with Every Kids Sports to provide Youth Sports Scholarships to ensure every kid has the opportunity to play sports. Santa Rosa, CA (July 13, 2021) – National Academy [...]

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Disrupting Normal in the Return to Youth Sports & Activities

June 15th, 2021|

Disrupting Normal in the Return to Youth Sports & Activities Co-authored by Kristen Rupprecht - Noble One and Aaron Locks- National Academy of Athletics The excitement of getting youth back on the court or field playing sports and participating [...]

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NAofA League Retreat

March 4th, 2021|

COACHES RETREAT ENHANCES LEAGUE PERFORMANCE Through a virtual-live League Retreat, coaches have the opportunity to boost their team culture and strengthen their team’s performance. The National Academy of Athletics and Noble One Conscious Coaching have [...]

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The NAofA Summer 2021 News Release

November 13th, 2020|

NAofA NEWS UPDATE As a parent, I can remember the challenge of getting my kids off the video games, computers, or from in front of the TV. That was in “normal” times… Now, during Covid-19 distance learning, our kids [...]

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NAofA Partnership for Positive Change

November 9th, 2020|

NAofA Partnership for Positive Change The National Academy of Athletics' partnership for positive change with Noble One aims to enhance their teaching methods for our youth. The emphasis for these organizations is to promote Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) [...]

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Smash Gyms

September 13th, 2020|

Your Content Goes Here SMASH Gyms has partnered with the National Academy of Athletics to create this incredible opportunity for your child to have a safe, fun space to incorporate Social and Emotional Learning, (SEL) [...]

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Windsor California Offers Safe, LIVE, Youth Sports

September 9th, 2020|

Windsor California Offers Safe, LIVE, Youth Sports In Partnership with the National Academy of Athletics, the Town of Windsor, California will be offering the NAofA's All Sorts of Sports Camp and an All Sports After School [...]

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NAofA Leads Girl Scout Event

July 24th, 2020|

NAofA LEADS GIRL SCOUT EVENT SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA- The National Academy of Athletics will lead an event for Girl Scouts of the USA on the topic of Sports & Fitness this Saturday. Girls Scouts, since it began in 1912, [...]

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6crickets Joins Forces

July 16th, 2020|

6CRICKETS JOINS FORCES WITH THE NAofA SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA., National Academy of Athletics partners with 6Crickets- The central hub for children activities, 6crickets, joins forces with the National Academy of Athletics to offer On-Demand Sports Camps. Both organizations [...]

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New Collaboration with ActivityHero

July 16th, 2020|

NEW COLLABORATION WITH ACTIVITYHERO SANTA ROSA, CALIFORNIA, The National Academy of Athletics' new collaboration with ActivityHero helps to bring On-Demand Sports Programs to kids throughout the nation. The NAofA continues to provide these resources to kids amidst the current [...]

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Stephanie Joins the NAofA

July 9th, 2020|

STEPHANIE BUECHNER JOINS THE NAofA Stephanie Buechner has joined the NAofA team as the Director of Physical Education in order to bring engaging and active PE programs to schools. The National Academy of Athletics is [...]

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  • Avatar Jazmin Locks ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    My son is on his second year of doing camps with national athletics! First off, the coaches are AMAZING! He hardly can sleep on camp nights because he is so excited to go the next day! It’s a perfect mix of education on a sport and FUN! … More He loves doing the longer days one although he is young he finds it that much fun to stay the full day! He loves showing me his new skills he learned and telling me about all the friends he makes ! HIGHLY recommend! Memories for a lifetime he gains at every camp!
  • Avatar Brayden Stephens ★★★★★ 2 weeks ago
    Working for National Academy of Athletics has been such a fun and rewarding experience! Getting the opportunity to work with kids in a positive and fun environment is such a great opportunity. I have learned so much from both the kids and … More my fellow coaches since starting my work here. I encourage anybody who has a passion for making a positive difference in young athletes lives, to think about a career with National Academy of Athletics!
  • Avatar Michael Manalastas ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    I had such a privilege working with National Academy of Athletics as my sports contractor. They really provide the best level of service to your community. They are responsive, reliable, and truly deliver quality services. I will highly … More recommend their services to any local agency across the Bay Area.
  • Avatar Gina Rose ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    This organization is fantastic! The National Academy of Athletics teaches its campers to be their best self. Their caring and well-trained staff are wonderful in teaching skills and in developing a love of the game, no matter what level … More the player is at. As a coach for many years of youth sports, I can say that National Academy of Athletics is an excellent choice for youth who want to learn, develop and enjoy athletics. Top notch!
  • Avatar Crystal Davis ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    NAA ran the PTA P.E. Program at my kid's school. NAA was well organized, provided great instruction, was a lot of fun and was designed for all grade levels. The students really loved the instructors and looked forward to their P.E. … More class. Let's continue to keep kids active in schools. I highly recommend as a parent and former PTA president.
  • Avatar Video Spark Productions ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    The National Academy of Athletics is a world class organization that understands the rules, techniques, skills and spirit of team sports. I got to participate in a basketball camp that they organized. It profoundly helped me improve my … More skills and gave me the confidence to excel to my best ability. They are especially good with children and youth development by exemplifying wholesome, well-rounded values, that carry on throughout life.
  • Avatar Rachel Beer ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    National Academy of Athletics is an amazing organization to work with! My agency has worked closely with their programs for over three years, and they have always been successful! We look forward to continuing to work with them in the future! … More
  • Avatar John Cao ★★★★★ 8 months ago
    Great program for the kids! Looking forward for these programs to come to the Houston, Texas area!
  • Avatar Bryan Johnson ★★★★★ a year ago
    Aaron Lock brings a wealth of experience with him so when he talks, it is wise to listen. He willingly gives his time to give back to the game and help officials along in their own journey. He has forgotten more basketball knowledge than … More most people could ever acquire and I greatly appreciate the feedback he gives.
  • Avatar Nick Zichichi ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Couldn’t say enough about how great of an experience I had working for NAOFA. Great environment to work in and I have developed meaningful relationships in the process.
  • Avatar andrew genshaft ★★★★★ a year ago
    Working for NAofA has been an amazing experience. I have always felt an amazing amount of support and understanding from them and am happy with the great working conditions.
  • Avatar Steven Stiles ★★★★★ a year ago
    They have done great things for our little league. They definitely helped us create a great atmosphere among players and parents.
  • Avatar Clae Macke ★★★★★ a year ago
    National Academy of Athletics is an amazing place to work! I'm grateful to help young athletes develop their skills and create positive experiences!
  • Avatar Davie Gillus ★★★★★ a year ago
    Aaron has a great way of teaching and it is easy to transfer your learning from him into practice.
  • Avatar Jen Wall ★★★★★ a year ago
    We LOVE the National Academy of Athletics! We started using the programs with my first child, and last week my third child completed his first program (soccer!) He came home each day energized, happy and excited to return the next day. … More Next week we are registered for football (child #2)! We regularly use NAA programs not only during summer, but also during long weekends, and holiday workshops as well. 5 stars for sure!
  • Avatar Susan Davidson ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I met Aaron in 2013 at an event for Recreation Professionals. When I heard him speak at the event I was struck by his enthusiasm and genuine passion for his vocation. I immediately knew I wanted to collaborate with him.
    I shared with
    … More Aaron the needs of our city’s teens and we created the ideal program that was incorporated into a teen summer camp. His high-caliber staff did an awesome job motivating the teens to learn and play a variety of sports as well as teaching them character-building skills.
    If you have an opportunity to collaborate and/or enroll youth into any of his programs I highly recommend that you do. You will find Aaron to be an inspirational leader, who has developed high-quality programs that have a meaningful impact on youth.
  • Avatar Ginelle Cloar ★★★★★ a year ago
    These camps were so great! I'm so thankful I found them online. The coaches were super nice and my son loved every minute of them, especially making new friends that we will make play dates with in the future.
  • Avatar Joanna Burningham (Little Miss Twist) ★★★★★ a year ago
    Bentley had a great time. He made lots of friends. Bentley was excited to go everyday and told me about how much fun he had ever afternoon at pick up. He had a blast! Thanks for making his time at sports camp fun and memorable.
  • Avatar Megan Linsenmeyer ★★★★★ a year ago
    My son had the best experience and absolutely loved his coaches. He was so excited to go everyday he woke up early and was ready to head out the door! Thank you for this great experience we will definitely be back!
  • Avatar Megan ★★★★★ a year ago
    Great basketball camp. My 8 year old really enjoyed his days of camp! Thank you!
  • Avatar Kristi Quint ★★★★★ a year ago
    My 7 year old loved this camp! We had him signed up for mornings, but switched to full day because he was having so much fun. We have a hoop in front of our house and we can tell he definitely learned moves!
  • Avatar Jaclyn Blumberg ★★★★★ a year ago
    My son had an excellent experience with Coach Ben's basketball program. As a child who typically "hangs back" with new experiences, Coach Ben was able to get my son participating and excited about the game right from the … More start. Ben is professional, motivating, energetic and knowledgable. A great asset for kids' programs!
  • Avatar Jay Striniste ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    THANK YOU to the team at NAOA for hosting the after school skills clinics.
    My son attended the basketball camp at Pioneer park in Santa Rosa. With all of our youth sports on hold, this is a wonderful option. And when the kids can play again,
    … More this will still be an great way to build confidence, improve skills and let the kids have FUN in a safe environment.
    Keep up the good work and stay safe!
  • Avatar Monica ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    Excellent sports programs for kids! We have recently done two flag football programs with NAOA and have been so pleased with the professionalism and organization of it all. The coach Al is so good with the kids by teaching them skills, … More team building and also fun! We have been so happy with the program and looking forward to signing my 9-year old up again for Flag Football in the next session.
  • Avatar Alberto Juarez ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I have been an Area Captain for the National Academy of Athletics for the past 3 years. I manage the San Jose territory. It is an amazing organization to be a part of. Aaron Locks is a genius with youth sports programming!! I wish I had … More these fun activities when I was playing sports as a kid!
  • Avatar Lecelia Harrison ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I have been a Area Captain with the National Academy of Athletics for 4 years now. It is a great organization to be a part of. There is nothing better than people providing quality physical fitness programs for children and being of service … More in the community.
  • Avatar Kristina Peterson ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    My son had a funtastic time at the in-person camps during Thanksgiving and Winter break.
    The coaches are inclusive, friendly, fun, energetic, and create an environment where kids feel welcome and safe.
  • Avatar AM AM ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    This was an outstanding experience for my children and they attended multiple sessions. They learned a variety of skills had a ton of fun and this was in a COVID safe environment.
  • Avatar regina murray ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    This was the perfect “P.E.” replacement during Covid. The coach was great and my daughter had a blast. Thank you!!
  • Avatar Jourdan Ziff ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    As an Area Captain for the National Academy of Athletics, I am very proud to be a part of a team who truly believes in their mission to bring youth sports to children everywhere! The organization is passionate about making a positive difference … More in each kid's life that engages in any NAofA program.

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