NYSA provides developmental, competitive, and elite, grade and age-based, tackle football. Teams/Leagues have options with how to structure their organization (board members, coaches, etc.).

Our four football conferences consist of "grade-based and age-based" divisions. For example, team [A] will consist of 4th graders competing against team [B] 4th graders; or, team [A] will consist of 12 year olds competing against team [B] consisting of 12 year olds. Leagues and Independent teams with the qualifying number of players (11) are eligible to join the NYSA.


All NYSA players must have a school documents (i.e., report card, birth certificate) to verify grade.

Background Checks

NYSA teams/leagues nationwide are required to annually conduct a background check of: Coaches, Board of Directors members and any other persons, volunteers or hired workers, who provide regular service to the league and-or have repetitive access to, or contact with, players and-or spirit participants. The purpose of these background checks is, first and foremost, to protect the children.


National Youth Sports Association & Sterling Volunteers are working together to promote safer coaching

Sterling Volunteers, the only preferred screening provider of the National Youth Sports Association, are partnered to create safer coaching environments with secure, high-quality, compliant background checks.

Through this partnership, we can help your Team/League onboard trustworthy coaches, reduce screening costs and provide peace of mind enabling you to make a greater impact, and help promote safer coaching.

Monthly Updates for Added Security & Peace of Mind:

Free monthly Nationwide & Sex Offender updates for the first year so you have the added security of monitoring your coaches for new criminal records.

Cost Saving Measures:

Split the cost with your coaches; or allow for optional contributions - on average, we see 30% of volunteers contribute to the cost of their check which ends up covering 90% of the cost!

Get Results Quickly:

Sterling advanced technologies helps ensure fast turn-around times with most checks being completed in less than 24 hours.