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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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Return to Camps

June 15th, 2020|

FIRST DAY BACK AT CAMP Return to Play June 15th, 2020-  This Monday has marked the return to play at in-person camps for the National Academy of Athletics since the stay-at-home order was announced in California. The [...]

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Youth Sports Survey for Parents

June 8th, 2020|

Youth Sports Survey for Parents PARENTS RESPOND TO SURVEY ON THE RETURN OF YOUTH SPORTS The National Academy of Athletics surveyed 360 youth sport parents from California about the reintroduction of in-person sports camps. The objective was to [...]

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Protocols to Reintroduce Youth Sports

May 26th, 2020|

Protocols to Safely Reintroduce Youth Sports The National Academy of Athletics has created new protocols to safely reintroduce youth sports with preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The NAofA is continually monitoring and following the National [...]

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Pro Baseball Player Partners

May 22nd, 2020|

Professional Baseball Player, J.J. Newman, Partners with the NAofA to Produce 5-Day Video Series of Skills & Drills! J.J. Newman takes from his professional baseball experience to create 5-Day pre-recorded Skills and Drills Videos for kids.  The [...]



May 21st, 2020|

COVID-19 IMPACT ON YOUTH SPORTS National Academy of Athletics continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on Youth Sports and is following strict protocols to begin running programs. The question is who should we listen to and what [...]

Sacramento County Youth Sports

April 14th, 2020|

SACRAMENTO COUNTY YOUTH SPORTS CAMPS FIND A CAMP YOUTH SPORTS CAMPS Sacramento County Youth Sports providers have partnered with The National Academy of Athletics to deliver the best [...]

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Sports Videos- Skills & Drills

March 22nd, 2020|

Youth Sports Video Series Are Here The National Academy of Athletics is still in its infancy. The NAofA was born to the dream of Aaron Locks, to keep youth sports alive, available and FUN for our children. We have big [...]

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March 19th, 2020|

THE BEST OF BUSINESS 2019 2.21.2020 PRESS RELEASE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ATHLETICS IS SELECTED THE BEST OF BUSINESS 2019 The Small Business Community Association selected the National Academy of Athletics as the BEST OF BUSINESS 2019 award winner for Santa [...]

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  • Avatar Brayden Stephens ★★★★★ 2 months 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 Dohnvan Ferrall ★★★★★ a month ago
    As I coach for the National Academy of Athletics I love my job. I’ve been coaching for the company for almost two years it’s very rewarding and if you love sports and helping kids be great and successful in learning new things at any level … More of the sport this is the job for you. I love coaching and teaching the kid’s different skills and educational things that have to do with certain sports. I love every part of working for this company and haven’t left any camps without a smile on my face.
  • Avatar Tasha Kane ★★★★★ a week ago
    My son recently started working with NA of A. He’s enjoying his job as a coach & having fun connecting with kids thru sports. Working for NA of A, gives young adults who played sports growing up an opportunity to give back to their … More community & continue to be involved in sports . The sports programs offered are a lot of fun for kids & even provided in the schools . It’s great to see a youth sports program being easily accessible to so many kids !!
  • Avatar Angela Fernandez ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    National Academy of Athletics is a fun, rewarding and engaging program for kids of all ages! They provide a wide range of sports and athletic opportunities for every level. My daughter has loved every camp and program she's attended! … More I would highly recommend National Academy of Athletics!
  • Avatar Jazmin Locks ★★★★★ 10 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 Gina Rose ★★★★★ 10 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 Video Spark Productions ★★★★★ a year 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 Crystal Davis ★★★★★ 8 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 Michael Manalastas ★★★★★ 10 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 Rachel Beer ★★★★★ a year 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
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    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 ★★★★★ a year 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) ★★★★★ 2 years 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 ★★★★★ 2 years 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 ★★★★★ 2 years 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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 ★★★★★ 3 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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