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Positive and Safe Sports (P.A.S.S.™) Initiative
Positive and Safe Sports (P.A.S.S.™) Initiative

Positive and Safe Sports (P.A.S.S.™) Initiative

As noted in our Get in the Game Section, Youth Sports is an essential element to keeping our kids healthy and fit and can help to form core life values and skills. Having our children participate in youth sports can help to strengthen their future and the future of our community. However, to achieve these goals and benefits our children must have a productive, positive and safe youth sports experience. 

Our mission is to ensure that every child, parent and coach are given the proper knowledge and tools to help them make the most of their experiences.

Our P.A.S.S. (Positive And Safe Sports) Initiaitve is designed to help parents, kids and coaches better remember how youth sports should be. We implement this into information via our website and through a variety of programs out in the community (Information Sections are located at the end of this page below or in the right column menu).

In this section you will find a number of sub-programs and information that helps us in our mission of a more positive and safe sports experience for our local youth.

Positive Sports
Enjoy the Game! 
Parents, athletes and coaches can find information on having or providing a positive environments in local youth sports.

Safe Sports 
Sports Safety Awareness & Prevention.
 Parents, athletes and coach will find a wide-variety of sports safety issues that affect our local youth sports community and information on how to recognize and prevent them from happening or getting worst.

Game-Saver Program 
CPR, AED & First Aid Training, Sports Physicals, Heart Screenings and Concussion Readiness. Sudden Cardiac Arrest is the #1 cause of death in youth athletes! Prevention, Awareness, Readiness is what this program focuses on! Under this program you will find programming that provides affordable CPR, AED, First Aid Certification for specifically for youth sport organizations. There is also programming to provide student athletes with training in Hands-Only CPR and AED Basics. We also an AED Loaner Program so local sports organizations can have an A.E.D. on-hand and we are working on a High School Athlete Program.

It also provides youth athletes with affordable, and sometimes free, Sports Physicals, Heart Screenings using ECG/Echocardiograms, Baseline (Pre-Concussion) testing and several other things.

P.A.S.S. Community Outreach 
Spreading the Message! We take a proactive approach that takes us out to local sports teams, leagues, schools and community events where we interactively speak with parents and kids about positive and safe sports awareness and prevention.

P.A.S.S. Coach Association 
Ensuring Proper Experience's.
 PASS Coach Association coaches are coaches who have met a certain standard as set forth by LVSF. It ensures that the coaches coaching our kids have the training and tools needed to make the best of our children's sports experience's. Coaches must abide by a strict Code of Ethic; Are Members of a National Coaching Program; Recieve Verified Background Checks Every Two Years; are Certified in CPR, AED & First Aid; Must Complete an All-Inclusive Sports Safety Training Course; and complete at least 1 of 3 Positive Coaching Courses.

P.A.S.S. Youth Sports Organizations
Local Organizations Ensuring the Safety of Our Children. PASS Youth Sports Organizations are organizations that follow by certain set of standards outlined by LVSF to ensure that our kids are in a positive and safe environment. These organizations have coaches in our P.A.S.S. Coach Association; Require Yearly Sports Physicals; Take part in our Game-Saver Hands-Only CPR program for youth athletes; and more... These organization's also have access to our A.E.D. Loaner Program... 

Hearing and learning things just once is not enough. Many times bits of information can be missed, they can go in one ear and out the other or as time goes by we tend to forget the most basic of things. This information and the tools that accompany them need to be etched into the minds of everyone involved in youth sports. We want to make sure that there are constant reminders of this and our program that is based here locally, is designed to accomplish just that.

We are proud partners with: The Southern Nevada American Red Cross, ASSOM’s Stop Sports Injuries Campaign, The National Athletic Trainers Association, The National Alliance for Youth Sports, The CDC, The National Center for Sports Safety, The Youth Sports Safety Alliance and other numerous local and national organizations. We are always looking for new and unique programs and information to bring to our community.

Dr David Geier explains how a new study presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons shows that athletes whose helmets fit properly had less severe concussions. What does this study mean for athletes, parents, and coaches? It is no secret that concussions are a major problem in all levels of sports today. In part due to recent media attention, efforts aimed at decreasing the number and severity of concussions have been adopted. Such measures include penalties for blows to the head in football, mandating physician clearance prior to return to play, and improving the education…
Sports are often a meaningful component of a child’s life from a very young age. Being part of a team can help nurture leadership skills, build confidence, and teach cooperation. Depending on the sport, though, accidents and hard hits can be a frequent occurrence. Coach and parent guidance, proper equipment, and access to a health care professional all help prevent serious injury, but concussions are an ever-present threat. Each year, 1.6 to 3.8 million sports-related concussions occur, and approximately half of those hospitalized with a head injury are 24-years-old or younger. The challenge lies in the fact that concussions are…
Here are some simple measures that if followed properly can help to prevent or minimize the risk of contracting MRSA or other skin related infections:– Shower after all competition–Wash all work-out gear after practice or competition– Certain sports require cleaning equipment (mats) before each practice or event– Use liquid soap, not bar soap– Refrain from cosmetic (whole body) shaving– Don’t share towels or hygiene products– Notify parents and coach about any skin sores and have it evaluated by health care provider before returning to competition– Shower before using whirlpools or cold tubs– Refrain from using whirlpools or cold tubs with…
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 00:34

Concussion Awareness Kits

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We are proud to announce our new partnership with the Derek Sheely Foundation to spread concussion awareness across our valley's youth. With the help of local Walmart Store #5259 (6151 West Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas 89108), THE DEREK SHEELY FOUNDATION has created Concussion Awareness Kits as part of their grassroots campaign to reach and inform young athletes (ages 5-18), their parents, and coaches to the signs, symptoms, dangers, and prevention of concussions and traumatic brain injuries. As The LVSportz Foundation receive's these kits we will be handing them out to local families, teams and leagues. Contact us if your…
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For the second time in less than a week a local youth coach has been arrested for sexual misconduct. 43-year-old Albert Hernandez, a varsity softball coach at Silverado, was taken into custody off campus by CCSD Police and booked into the Clark County Detention Center for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student-athlete. It is also known that Hernandez coaches for an unknown local youth softball team. It is unclear at this time if any allegations are connected to his youth team. Hernandez is facing the following charges: two counts of sex between a school employee and a student;…
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 10:28

Heart Abnormalities More Common in Athletes

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A heart characteristic linked to sudden cardiac death is more common in athletes than non-athletes, and black male athletes are much more likely to have this characteristic than other athletes, a new study finds. The characteristic -- left-ventricular hyper-trabeculation (LVHT) -- is a feature of certain types of cardiomyopathy (chronic disease of the heart muscle). The abnormality is the leading cause of exercise-related sudden cardiac death in athletes. Read the full U.S. News Health article here.
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Rachael Richardson
2013-08-27, 08:53
I loved the fact that the camp taught the kids technique & allowed them to go to a baseball game on the same day. (2013 Total Youth Baseball Experience)