How to Register for a Youth Sports Program
For youth sports programs offered in-house (i.e. not through a partnership or rental arrangement), the Parks and Recreation Department requires the following items be completed by announced registration deadlines in order for a child to participate in a program:
- Completion of the program registration form
- A copy of the child's birth certificate
- A copy of the parent's PAYS membership card
- Payment of the program registration fee.
Parents Association for Youth Sports (PAYS) Program
How to Obtain a PAYS Membership Card
- Visit the PAYS website and click on the PAYS logo. Follow these instructions for obtaining a PAYS card online.
- Attend a PAYS clinic that is conducted especially for your group or organization.
- Watch the PAYS video and talk to a clinician at the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Athletics office, 1001 Fourth St.
- Watch the video on Greensboro Television Network (GTN), write down the program code, then visit the Athletics office to talk to a clinician. Contact Athletics for a schedule of PAYS video presentations.
- The PAYS Program video can be seen on GTN on the following days and times: Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:30 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 8 am and 2 pm. The showing of the PAYS video may be pre-empted due to last-minute program changes on GTN. Please check the GTN Daily and Monthly Programming Schedule for up-to-date viewing information.
The Parents Association for Youth Sports (PAYS) is a membership association of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS). The purpose of PAYS is to educate and motivate parents to create the ultimate youth sports environment to make the child's experience safe, positive and meaningful. PAYS encourages good sportsmanship, positive participation and keeping youth sports in a proper perspective among members.
The PAYS program also hopes to provide every child participating in youth sports the opportunity to learn, grow, develop skills, meet new friends, and experience the excitement and fun associated with participation in youth sports.
In 2001, the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department launched its mandatory PAYS program. Sports include youth football, cheerleading, youth basketball, and youth baseball. At least one parent from each family who has a child involved in youth sports must be a member of PAYS in order to participate in programs. The membership process includes watching a 30-minute video, signing a "Parents Code of Ethics," talking to a PAYS clinician, and paying a $5 membership fee, which covers a one-year PAYS membership and five years of participation in Greensboro Parks and Recreation programs.
For more information, contact Phil Hardin, assistant athletics director, at 336-373-2955.