Source: National Swimming Pool Foundation Classes will educate health officials about how to meet and inspect for compliance with the federal P&SS Act's requirements. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) is hosting 19 free National Pool and Spa Training Sessions, one longer Safety Event (also free), plus periodic webinars in 2011 to educate health officials about the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act). Training will be held in locations throughout the United States. A schedule of locations, dates, and times can be found at http://www.NSPF.org/Resources/spa_safety/Training.aspx. Contact Amanda Rogers to sign up at Amanda.Rogers@nspf.org, or call 719-540-9119. Public health inspectors, aquatics managers, state and local health officials and regulators are encouraged to attend and participate in this critical learning opportunity. In September 2010, the NSPF® was awarded a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) contract, through Erica Lane Enterprises, to help bring all public pools and spas into compliance with the P&SS Act. The NSPF-hosted National P&SS Act Training Sessions and Safety Event will include educational materials and demonstrations, methods of compliance, background on the federal law, the types and causes of entrapment, how to effectively conduct compliance inspections and how to educate facilities managers about compliance with the Act. In the coming months, NSPF will coordinate P&SS Act Training Sessions in conjunction with various state associations, including the National Environmental Health Association's (NEHA) Annual Educational Conference in Columbus, Ohio. The second National P&SS Act Safety Event (a 5-hour course) was held in concert with the Orlando Pool & Spa Show in Florida, on Feb. 10. A CPSC representative will be present to answer questions, and the event will be videotaped and subsequently posted on the web as a free resource for those who could not attend at http://www.nspf.org/Resources/spa_safety/Training.aspx. The National P&SS Act Training Sessions and Safety Events provide the useful technical information essential to meeting the CPSC's goal to educate state and local health officials on compliance procedures as outlined by guidance documents provided by the CPSC. The P&SS Act required all public pools and spas to come into compliance by December 19, 2008, and it is believed that many have not yet made the necessary changes. About NSPF The National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF®) is a non-profit organization founded in 1965, giving back over $3.7 million in the past seven years to fund grants to prevent illness, injury, and drowning, and to demonstrate the benefits of aquatic activity. NSPF® is the leading educator for professionals who service and operate public and private pools and spas and for public health officials who are responsible for pool safety. NSPF has a long history of working with environmental health officials and health departments. NSPF® has given over 1.1 million dollars in grants since 2003 to help prevent recreational water illness, drowning, injuries and chemical exposure. To learn more visit www.nspf.org.
Sources: Shock Doctor Sports, McDavid Inc.
MINNETONKA, MN and WOODRIDGE, IL – March 26, 2015 – Shock Doctor Sports and McDavid Inc. jointly announced today that they have agreed to merge their companies. The combination will bring together two leading sports protection and performance companies with complementary product lines and a shared history of innovation and commitment to athletes.read more
Source: The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League
Minneapolis/Saint Paul – The Minnesota State High School Clay Target League (MSHSCTL) will host more than 8,600 registered student athletes representing 243 trap shooting and 25 skeet shooting high school teams for the 2015 spring season. Led by the support of their schools and more than 2,400 volunteer coaches, thousands of student athletes will participate in shooting sports weekly April through June at more than 150 shooting ranges throughout Minnesota.read more
(Clearwater, FL) March 25, 2015—In response to massive changes in the aquatics and swimming pool industry, Sports Facilities Advisory and the Sports Facilities Management (SFA|SFM) has teamed up with Counsilman-Hunsaker to address the fundamental challenges which aquatic centers typically face. The purpose of the partnership with Counsilman-Hunsaker is to support the health and economic vitality of the communities SFA|SFM serves by managing the centers with a very specific set of objectives that are developed in collaboration with the company’s public clients.read more
March 23, 2015, Chicago, IL and Louisville, KY - This is a historic day in the baseball and softball business. Wilson®, the Official Glove of Major League Baseball® (MLB) will now take the field with Louisville Slugger®, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball. Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a division of Amer Sports Corporation, and Louisville Slugger, a division of Hillerich & Bradsby, Co., (H&B), announced today that Wilson has acquired global brand, sales and innovation rights to Louisville Slugger from H&B. The deal is pending H&B shareholder approval.read more
Sources: Reebok, Les Mills
BALTIMORE – MAR. 25, 2015 – Reebok and Les Mills are creating a series of one-day festivals that will see mass-participation group workouts around the world. The two pioneers of group fitness are providing this fitness tour for consumers to experience the power of group exercise in a unique setting.read more
Source: Dow Chemical Company
ORLANDO, Fla. and MIDLAND, Mich. – March 24, 2015 – Building on the success of the London 2012 Olympic Games experience, the innovative artificial turf solution based on The Dow Chemical Company’s (NYSE: DOW) polyethylene (PE) and polyurethane (PU) technologies will be the official playing surface for hockey competitions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Deodoro Olympic Park.read more
Source: Serevi Rugby
SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2015) - Serevi Rugby® (serevirugby.com) and Volt Athletics® (voltathletics.com) today announced a partnership to provide rugby athletes with customized, sport-specific, and cloud-based strength and conditioning programs delivered to their smartphone or tablet. Utilizing Volt's proprietary technology and performance algorithms, rugby athletes, coaches, and teams working with Serevi can access an affordable high-performance training program designed specifically for them.read more
Source: KAATSU Global
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) March 19, 2015, Fitness Industry expert and veteran Paul Grzymkowski has teamed up with KAATSU Global founder Dr. Yoshiaki Sato, President Steven Munatones, Chief Operating Officer Richard Herstone, Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Stray-Gundersen, and Peter Lansbury, Jr., Ph.D., Director of the Center for KAATSU Research at Harvard Medical School, in launching the fitness/athletic concept KAATSU Training in North America and Europe. “I am extremely excited about joining Dr. Sato and the KAATSU team in expanding and introducing KAATSU throughout the world. KAATSU is a perfect complement to the fitness and athletic industries. Truly an amazing concept” says Grzymkowski.read more