National Governing Bodies of Sport

National Governing Bodies (NGB) of Sports are non-profit, non-governmental organizations responsible for promoting and developing a particular sport within a nation. They control key assets such as national team brand, support youth and elite level national teams for both genders, develop Olympians, collaborate with International Federation of the particular sport, national Olympic Committee and IOC to qualify athletes and national teams to participate in international events.

National Governing Bodies in the US

There are 47 NGBs in the US. Some of the popular NGBs are:

  • USA basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions, and for the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and licensing, and safety

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  • Based in Indianapolis, USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world’s oldest organized sports, the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the No. 1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.

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  • USA Gymnastics sets the rules and policies that govern the sport of gymnastics, including selecting and training the U.S. Gymnastics Teams for the Olympics and World Championships; promoting and developing gymnastics on the grassroots and national levels, as well as a safe, empowered and positive training environment; and serving as a resource center for members, clubs, fans and gymnasts throughout the United States.

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  • USA Swimming is the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States. It promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through teams, events and education. It is also responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition, and strives to serve the sport through building the base, promoting the sport and achieving competitive success.

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A good site for multiple NGBs can be found at:

Examples of Jobs Within NGBs

  • Video Analyst
  • Digital Media Manager
  • Coaching Positions
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Communications Manager
  • Program Director
  • Vice President of Athlete Health and Wellness
  • Special Events Manager
  • Marketing Content Specialist
  • Data Scientist
  • Chief Revenue Officer

Contact The Program Director

Ceyda Mumcu, Ph.D.
Phone: (203) 479-4561

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