RNN Sports Gym™ was created by Founder, Ruth N. Nelson and Creative Director, Beth Howes after a discussion on what is the niche that is not being provided for online courses with all the material in one place.  Nelson and Howes began with 5 slides in their google documents which grew to over 150 working slides. Each week the plans began to develop into a full service one-stop-shop with all the materials needed for teachers instructing ages 4-10.  

Nelson has spent the past 23 years developing programs for this age group. During the past 13 years, she has developed BYOP® Bring Your Own Parent® for kids 10 and under with their parents training on the court with them and GoKids Youth Sports™ Certification program to accommodate teachers, recreational leaders, and youth coaches with a chance to train kidz whose parents may not have the time to attend with their kidz. We all want kids to have immediat success; often they become discouraged when success involves hand-eye coordination, agility, speed, and strength to enjoy the sport.

So with that in mind, Nelson and Howes decided that the RNN Sports Gym™ would need to include online courses, certifications, and programs which included the history of the sport, basic key words, and a group of videos teaching the progressions and modifications that could lead to kids’ success.


The Home Training Program Series™ was developed with Art of Coaching. It provides an organized plan so kids can practice at home, on vacation or even prior to their regular practice.  This program consists of videos, quizzes, and charts with the strategy of needing a little assistance from their parents.  In addition, BYOP® 101 created with Art of Coaching; it provides the four basic skills of passing, setting, serving, and attacking. This course also includes the key words so each kid can follow along and watch, answer some age-appropriate questions as well as practice alongside players of their same age group.