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What is your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement?2023-05-23T09:11:35-07:00

At the National Academy of Athletics, we are committed to fostering an environment that embraces diversity, promotes inclusivity, and upholds principles of equity. We firmly believe that every individual, regardless of their background, deserves equal opportunities, respect, and a sense of belonging. This commitment extends to our staff, families, kids in our care, and community partners, and it is at the core of everything we do.

  1. Staff: We strive to cultivate a diverse team of staff members who bring unique perspectives, experiences, and talents to our camp. We value and respect the diversity of our staff, including but not limited to their race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, & socio-economic background. We are dedicated to creating a supportive & inclusive work environment that encourages open dialogue, professional growth, and equal opportunities for all staff members.
  2. Families: We welcome & embrace families from all backgrounds, cultures, and family structures. We strive to create an inclusive and safe space where families feel respected, valued, and heard. We encourage open communication and actively seek feedback from families to ensure that their voices are heard and their needs are met. Our goal is to create a collaborative partnership with families that enhances the experience of every child in our camp community.
  3. Community Partners: We actively seek partnerships with community organizations and groups that share our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. By collaborating with like-minded organizations, we aim to amplify our impact and promote positive change in our broader community. We are dedicated to building relationships that foster understanding, mutual respect, and equal opportunities for all.
  4. Program & Environment: Our programs are designed to celebrate & embrace diversity, promoting cultural awareness, inclusivity, and a sense of belonging among all campers. We provide a safe and supportive environment where children can explore their interests, develop their skills, and build meaningful connections with their peers. We are committed to eliminating any barriers that prevent equal access to our programs and strive to accommodate the diverse needs of our campers.
  5. Continuous Improvement: We understand that diversity, inclusion, and equity are ongoing journeys. We are committed to regularly reviewing and improving our policies, practices, and programs to ensure that they align with our values and meet the evolving needs of our camp community. We will actively listen to feedback, engage in education and training, and adapt our approach to create a more inclusive and equitable camp experience for all.

At the National Academy of Athletics, we firmly believe that diversity and inclusion are not just ideals but essential elements that enrich our camp community. We are dedicated to fostering an environment that embraces and celebrates the unique qualities of each individual. By promoting equity and providing equal opportunities for all, we strive to create a safe, welcoming, and empowering space where everyone can thrive and experience the joy of sports, teamwork, and personal growth.

This statement serves as a foundational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the National Academy of Athletics and will guide our actions as we work towards a more inclusive future.
How does the process for drop off and pick up work?2022-04-07T09:02:39-07:00

Our goal is to provide a safe, timely & easy check-in/check-out process for everyone – and we need your help! When arriving, please walk up to the check-in staff, wearing our “red” coach shirt, and be prepared to answer a short series of screening questions. Staff confirms the parent’s mobile phone number to be reached in case of emergency.

Each camper must be checked out by an adult designated on the camper’s registration form unless prior arrangements have been approved by the Camp Director. Campers are not allowed to check themselves out. Check-out time varies for each camp, so please refer to the camper confirmation email or call the Corporate Office at 866.90.SPORT for the specific camp check-out time.

What is the supervision ratio?2022-04-07T12:53:37-07:00

Our staff of energetic coaches is placed in each camp with a maximum camper-to-coach ratio of 10-1 for ages 4 – 6 and 12 – 1 for ages 7 – 13

What is the age range of your staff?2022-02-08T08:54:17-08:00

Our staff members are typically college and graduate students. Some of our coaching staff are high school students and are considered aids to the directing coach at camp.

What is your refund policy?2023-01-25T07:33:57-08:00

Due to the fact, that the NAofA partners with many different community recreation centers, cities, YMCA’s, Schools, and leagues, the cancellation policy varies according to whom takes the registration. For all registrations that are processed through the National Academy of Athletics website cancellations prior to 7 days before the start of any program receive a full refund less a 25% credit card and processing fee. Any program canceled within 7 days prior to the start of the program is subject to a 50% cancellation fee and any cancellation after the start of the program may receive a prorated credit only.

If you register your child through one of our partner’s websites, please review their cancellation policies.

What training does your staff receive?2023-01-25T07:32:53-08:00

Each applicant goes through an interview and, if qualified, is fingerprinted and their background checked. Once cleared, they must pass the mandated reporter training, the ORCAS concussion protocol training, and the sexual abuse & molestation awareness program. They then complete our Talk.Teach.PLAY!® trademarked teaching method training, Challenging Child, NAofA Bully Prevention program, and provide us with proof of current TB & tetanus clearance. In addition, they show current proof of vaccination for Covid and are updated on current Covid-19 protocols following the CDC, State, individual county, and city guidelines.

What are your COVID-19 safety guidelines?2023-01-25T07:36:18-08:00

Our priority is the safety of the children in our care and our staff. The NAofA follows the CDC, state, county, and city guidelines, for each territory we provide our services.  We monitor and update our procedures to meet or exceed the most recent guidelines.

What are the minimum qualifications to purchase a territory?2020-06-22T15:49:10-07:00
  • You must love kids
  • You must love sports
  • You must live in the territory you want to purchase
  • Have at least $40,000 in liquid capital
  • Have a FICO credit score above 640
  • Have a clean background report from the Department of Justice
Why Youth Sports is an Amazing Business Opportunity2020-06-22T13:31:20-07:00
  • 30 – 40 million kids play organized sports each year!
  • There is a huge demand and need for high quality sports programs
  • There is a huge demand for returning to youth recreational sports vs. youth competitive sports
  • Not only is this a fun business, but it is an opportunity to truly help the kids in your territory grow up to be healthy, confident, productive adults.
  • You will have incredible networking opportunities, and will become the local “superhero.”
  • Expect to hugged and given high-fives in grocery stores.
  • Your new name around town will be “Coach”
  • Get paid to make kids happy!
What qualities makes a great Area Captain?2020-06-22T13:27:02-07:00
  • Leaders/team builders
  • Gregarious
  • Multitaskers
  • Networkers
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Organized planners
  • Growth-oriented
  • Interested in making a difference while making a living
How long will it take to be up and running?2020-06-22T13:23:11-07:00

Less than 30 days! Or less, depending on you! After signing on the dotted line, you’ll receive your “Business in a Box” filled with everything you need to run your first Youth Sports camp! You will have one-on-one time immediately with the key members of our management team that will make sure you are comfortable and confident in your roll.  You will be given access to our Intranet which contains all the information you need to learn the ropes, begin networking with confidence, signing up Community Partners, and scheduling your programs!

What are the key benefits of this business?2020-06-22T13:17:18-07:00
  • Home Based Business
  • Turn-Key System
  • No Experience Necessary
  • Low Start-Up and Overhead
  • Proven Business Model since 2009
  • Comprehensive Training
  • On-Going Support
  • Protected Territory
  • Brand Recognition
  • Low Flat-Rate Royalties
  • One week-long comprehensive training at our corporate office in California
  • Online Support
  • Security/Safety Procedures
  • Field Operations Training
  • Proprietary Registration Software
  • Intranet Platform
  • Marketing Support
  • Co-op Advertising
  • Ad Templates
  • Regional Advertising
  • Social Media
  • SEO
  • Website development
  • Email marketing
What training and support programs do you offer?2020-06-22T09:17:30-07:00
  • One week-long comprehensive training via ZOOM with the Founder & CEO, the Chief Brand & Marketing Executive, the Area Captain Manager and Corporate Office Manager
  • Five days of Field Training in your territory
  • On-going support with bi-weekly team conference calls and weekly CEO newsletters
  • Extensive support developing your online presence
  • Connecting you with other veteran Area Captains
  • Business Consulting & Leadership Development
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Community & Partnerships

We are committed to your success!!

What marketing support do you offer?2020-06-22T09:13:09-07:00

Team focused on building brand reputation and awareness while providing local marketing support.

  • Professional, polished marketing materials that can be customized to include local information
  • In-house graphic designer available for custom design needs – from brochures, Social Media headers, flyers, signage to car-wraps
  • Local social media page setup and training with ongoing content and training to be utilized by Area Captain in their local territory
  • Professional imagery, messaging and video content
  • Territory-specific landing pages with local editing capabilities
  • Seasonal campaign development and materials
  • Training, support and consultation on all things marketing including best practices, local marketing & event strategy, public relations, local partnerships, social media and digital marketing
  • Marketing Support from Corporate
  • Co-op Advertising
  • Ad Templates
  • Regional Advertising
  • Social media
  • SEO
  • Website development
  • Email marketing
What sports can I operate?2023-01-05T17:08:54-08:00

You will have the rights to use our curriculums for:
NAofA Flag Football, NFL Flag, Soccer, Pickleball, Basketball, NBA Jr.Basketball, NAofA Basketball, Baseball-Softball, Lacrosse™, All Sorts of Sports, Volleyball, Tennis, Dodgeball, Flag Rugby, RSVP and Cheerleading.

What is Your Privacy Policy2020-04-10T14:35:38-07:00

You have our word, you’re safe with us.

We will never sell any personally identifiable information to a third party for marketing purposes. We will never overload your inbox. We will send you relevant camp information.

We will only disclose information to third parties about your account or the transfers or payments you make:
• When it is necessary for opening or maintaining your account, or for completing transfers or payments
• If lawfully required or
• If you request or authorize it

How should I prepare my child for camp?2020-04-10T15:09:55-07:00

Here’s a few fundamental skills and checklist items you may want to consider:

  1. If this is their first time playing the sport your child is enrolled in, we always suggest that you discuss the sport prior to their first day at camp. It’s important to provide them with some basic understanding of the sport in terms of the skills and what it would be like to play. Just the basics is fine, no need to to go into too much detail or rattle their minds with all the rules. Learning the fundamentals is very important and we take pride in making sure that will happen.
  2. An important lesson a child should learn about participating in a sport is obligation.  Look at a calendar together and discuss how many hours of each day they will be at their camp or clinic. If you’re playing on a team, your team is counting on you to show up- you all need each other.
  3. While equipment is important, it is not important that you go out and buy brand new expensive equipment- especially if your child is just trying out the sport. There’s nothing wrong with starting out with used equipment.
  4. It is important that you practice with them. Rebound when they shoot hoops or play catch so they can practice their new skills. This will show them your support.  We find that parents who participate with their kids have much more enjoyable experience overall.

Good luck on your youth sports journey. It really does not matter if they have ever played a sport before, if you get them playing and having fun, they will fall in love with being healthy and active, and this will keep them healthy for life.

Can my child miss a day or half-day during a camp? Will this put them behind?2020-04-10T15:10:11-07:00

It is not uncommon for kids to occasionally miss a day or have to leave early or late on some days due to various reasons. We realize that family schedules require flexibility. If they miss instructions for a new drill, we will ensure they get time with a camp counselor to bring them back up to speed.

Do the boys and girls practice and play together?2020-04-10T15:10:19-07:00

At most of our camps, yes. We believe that boys and girls (with the same skill level) should play together. In the real world, men and women work together and are expected to perform the same tasks. We do not want to show differentiation between any child that wants to play and participate in group schools.

Sometimes there is an exception, please read the camp details.

Daily Schedule2020-04-10T15:10:29-07:00

Each Camp has a specific schedule but this is a pretty good example of what you should expect.

9:00am Structured Free Play

9:15am Introduction (staff, camp rules and facility etc.)

9:30am Wake Up Call – Warm Up Happy Feet series

9:45am Evaluation Games

10:10am BREAK

10:15am Roll Call

10:20am Stations (3 min verbal – 6 min teach – 6 min play)

10:40am Stations (3 min verbal – 6 min teach – 6 min play)

11:00am Stations (3 min verbal – 6 min teach – 6 min play)

11:15am Snack Break

11:20am Individual Competitions

11:35am Team Competitions

12:00pm LUNCH

12:30pm Structured Free Play

1:00pm Roll Call

1:10pm Mass Clinic

1:35pm Break

1:40pm Competitions and Challenges

2:00pm Break

2:05pm Individual Competitions

2:30pm Break

2:35pm Group Games and Competitions

2:55pm Review and Dismissal

What is the player coach ratio?2020-04-10T15:10:41-07:00

Our staff of energetic coaches are placed in each camp with a maximum camper-to-coach ratio of 10-1.

Will my child be safe at NAofA Camps?2020-04-10T15:10:51-07:00

Absolutely! Safety is our number one priority. Aaron Locks has been running quality sports camps in Northern California for over 20-years, we have never had a child be seriously injured. We are proud of this record. National Academy of Athletics Camps has very strict rules.

For example:

  • All Campers are signed in and out from camp each day.
  • All Staff is first aid and CPR certified.
  • All camp staff coaches are 18 years or older.
  • Campers are not allowed out of the gym, except to use the restroom.
  • All campers using the restroom must go with another camper as a “buddy”.
  • All basketball counselors have been thoroughly trained to never be in a compromising situation with campers. When talking with campers about personal issues, we always have two counselors present. Counselors are never to leave the gym with a camper.
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