Source: Michigan High School Athletic AssociationEAST LANSING, Mich. - July 23 - More than 1,100 Michigan High School Athletic Association officials are scheduled to attend "Officiate Michigan Day" on Saturday, July 27, at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, where they will receive training from 40 of the best in the officiating field. Officials representing the amateur, collegiate and professional ranks will speak and provide training during four instructional workshops throughout the day plus additional sessions mid-day and at the end of the afternoon. "Officiate Michigan Day" is the kickoff event to the National Association of Sports Officials' (NASO) annual Sports Officiating Summit, which will follow July 28-30 in Grand Rapids. MHSAA Executive Director John E. "Jack" Roberts and Barry Mano, founder and president of NASO, will give the opening address. Four-time Super Bowl official Jerry Markbreit will speak to close the event. Four instructional sessions will focus on sport-specific training in officiating the following: baseball, basketball, competitive cheer, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, ice hockey, soccer, softball, track & field, volleyball and wrestling. "We're expecting this to be one of the largest gatherings of sports officials ever held in the United States," said MHSAA assistant director Mark Uyl, who oversees the association's officials program. "It will be a historic day of learning and training for our officials." Among scheduled clinicians are current National Basketball Association officials Joe Crawford and Bill Kennedy, NCAA National Coordinator of Volleyball Officials Joan Powell, National Hockey League Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson and official Dan O'Halloran, and National Football League officials Perry Paganelli, Carl Paganelli, Jr., and Dino Paganelli. All three Paganellis have officiated Super Bowls, and O'Halloran is coming off working his fourth straight Stanley Cup Final. Crawford and Kennedy both officiated during the recent NBA Finals, and Powell also served as team leader of the U.S. women's national volleyball team that won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympics. "Officiate Michigan Day" is open to all officials, including those not registered with the MHSAA, and cost to attend is $35. It is recommended officials sign up online by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 25. To register for the conference or see the schedule and list of presenters and clinicians, visit the MHSAA Website at www.mhsaa.com, click on the "Officials" tab in the top menu bar and then on the "Officiate Michigan Day" link. The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by more than 1,500 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.
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