Source: National Sporting Goods Association MOUNT PROSPECT, ILLINOIS (June 19, 2013) - The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) released the latest editions of its Sports Participation reports today. The 2013 editions of the research include participation data from 47 sports and activities, and this year marks the 28th year the association has compiled participation data. NSGA's Director of Research & Information Dustin Dobrin said, "While it's important to recognize that one year does not make a trend, and there are many contributing factors for the increases and decreases in participation levels in every sport, we found some very interesting insights in this year's research. Overall, participation in many sports is rebounding after some difficult years, while others continue to struggle in attracting new participants." A few key insights from these new reports are below: Participation Growth in Majority of Sports - Of the 47 sports/activities tracked, 32 experienced participation growth during 2012. Indoor gaming activities increased by an average of 11%, while fitness sports each increased about 5%. Shooting sports were mixed but sports with firearms drove overall average increases to over 3%. Snow sports saw the steepest decline in 2012, dropping an average of 11%. Female Participation Driving Much of the Growth - Much of the participation growth mentioned above was driven by females, with 40 of the 47 sports/activities having increased female participation, compared to only 11 showing increased male participation. Shooting Sports with Firearms Experienced Double Digit Growth - Overall, participation in hunting with firearms increased more than 18%, even more sharply among females (up nearly 29% compared to 2011). Target shooting with live ammunition showed a 10.9% increase, with female participation increasing by over 27%. Team Sports Mixed, but Tackle Football Dropped Double Digits - Participation lagged in basketball, baseball, ice hockey and soccer in 2012, while it increased in lacrosse, softball and volleyball. The largest drop in team sports took place in tackle football, which experienced a nearly 13% decline in participation since 2011. More than one-half of the decline was within the 7-11 age group, and all of the decline in that age group was from the infrequent (2-9 times) and occasional (10-49 times) participants. There was an increase in frequent (50+ times) participants aged 7-11. In addition to its Sports Participation in the United States (formerly broken out into Series I and Series II), NSGA's participation research includes State-by-State, Lifecycle Demographics, Cross Participation, and Single Sport reports. Regular purchasers will find a new experience when opening the 2013 editions of NSGA's reports. For the first time, both the Sports Participation in the United States and the Sports Participation State-by-State reports include quick view snapshots - one-page charts and graphs that allow users to easily see demographic information and a 10-year trend on each sport/activity. According to Dobrin, "We have taken steps to make the data in our reports very easy to consume so users can easily understand all of the key information they're looking for with less effort." For more information on each report and to purchase your copies today, please visit www.nsga.org/research. About NSGAThe National Sporting Goods Association has served as the leading voice for the sporting goods industry since 1929. For more than 25 years, NSGA has been the industry's leader in providing reliable research and information to sporting goods executives. Annually, the association produces the Sporting Goods Market and Sports Participation research, while producing a Cost of Doing Business survey every other year. For more information about the association's research, please visit www.nsga.org/research.
- by Emily Attwood
- June 2013
Source: Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC
14 Field Soccer and Sports Complex will be the Largest All Turf Complex in the World
Qualite Sports Lighting, LLC is proud to announce that they have been selected as the exclusive sports lighting partner for the Gateway Village Sports Complex in Grandview, Missouri. The Q-LED GameChanger. system was chosen based on its unique design, reliability, integrated wireless controls, optimization for HD television, energy efficiency and industry-leading warranty.read more
TPL Awards Bob Farnsworth with Top Honor at Annual Gala in NYC
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.– On October 19, PlayCore’s CEO Bob Farnsworth was honored with the Land For People award, the highest honor The Trust for Public Land (TPL) bestows on remarkable individuals who have provided an extraordinary commitment to the organization. The award was presented at a gala event in New York City.read more
Source: Dyneema® Project
The Netherlands, 27 October 2016 – Dyneema® Carbon hybrid composites represent a leap in the evolution of carbon. The world’s strongest fiber significantly improves on the performance of pure carbon composites in terms of impact resistance, vibrational dampening, and weight. Designed for amongst others high-performance bicycles and hockey sticks, the potential of Dyneema® Carbon is in fact endless. Welcome to a new shatterproof world.read more
Source: National Football Foundation
Project aims to capture moms' perspective on their children playing football.
IRVING, Texas (Oct. 26, 2016) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the launch of "I'm A Football Mom," a new initiative to highlight the unique perspectives of mothers around the country who believe in the benefits of having their sons and daughters play football.
"The National Football Foundation makes a concerted effort to create opportunities for all the groups who influence the game and play a role in supporting our mission," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. "Whether it is coaches, players, officials, administrators, or parents, the NFF has a series of initiatives at the national and chapter level designed to engage all the people who support the game. Moms represent one of the most powerful influences in a young person's development, and we have launched "I'm A Football Mom" to give them a voice in the promotion of the game."
The "I'm A Football Mom" initiative will feature a series of videos and stories, which will be promoted in social media and on FootballMatters.org, the NFF's digital platform that highlights the good in the game. More than 20 stories have already been posted to FootballMatters.org, and the NFF posted today the initiative's first video, which captures the insights of Pam Martin from Indianapolis, Ind., the mother of three sons who each played college football: Josh (University of Indianapolis, Ind.), Nick (University of Norte Dame) and Zack (University of Notre Dame).
"Parents face a myriad of choices about the activities for their children," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "And we believe there is no better vehicle for teaching teamwork, discipline, and leadership than football. We wanted to create a stage for the mothers of the more than 1.1 million high school and 70,000 college players as a vehicle for them to share their thoughts on the lifelong lessons their children learn on the gridiron."
College athletics runs deep in the Martin family, and Pam attended the University of Kentucky as an intramural swimmer and student trainer with the football team. In the initiative's inaugural video, produced by the Business Media Group (BMG) of Indianapolis, Ind., Pam pays tribute to football and the relationships the sport has helped her family develop as well as the benefits to her sons.
"We love it as a family because it's shaped who we are," Martin says in the video. "We have had so many great experiences, and it's taught us so much. It's just provided us a lot of joy. It has provided my kids with their educations. It taught them the life lessons that will carry through their whole lives. It has provided a community for us in high school, and the friends we have will be friends for life, and we still get together. I just love the game. I love to watch the game."
To watch the video and read about some incredible football moms, click here.
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The "I'm A Football Mom" initiative is part of a larger campaign launched by the NFF in 2013 called Football Matters to Me, which provides people from border-to-border and coast-to-coast a voice in highlighting the positive impact that football has had on their lives by utilizing social media platforms and the hashtag: #ImAFootballPlayer. The launch included a highly successful TV spot and testimonial, which showcased Jeff Immelt, the chairman and CEO of GE and a former offensive lineman at Dartmouth College. The commercial, which has been seen by millions of people, captures Immelt's perspective on the value of his football experiences in running one of the world's largest and most successful industrial conglomerates. Click here to watch the Immelt video.
About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame:
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, Hofmann Brands, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal, Under Armour & VICIS. Learn more at footballfoundation.org.
Source: The Austin Institute
Does It Take a Father to Make a Professional Baseball Player?
AUSTIN, TX —As the World Series begins, the Austin Institute has released a new report entitled “Called Out at Home.” A leading resource for academic research on questions of family and social structures, the Austin Institute makes the case that the drastic decline in African American professional baseball players is directly related to the decline in African-American fathers in the home.read more
Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) announced that due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew on Hilton Head Island, it has rescheduled its inaugural Tennis Technology Conference from November 3-4, 2016, to May 4-5, 2017, at the Marriott Resort Hilton Head Island.read more
Source: United Soccer League
League adds two renowned soccer North American brands starting in 2017 season
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Source: Nashville Soccer Club
Jeske joins the club from MLS, Soccer United Marketing
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