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.
Source: TorrX Inc.
SEATTLE, Washington, December 12, 2014 — TorrX Inc. today announced TorrX™, the first “smart ball pump” which measures and precisely sets ball pressure with the touch of a button. Players, coaches and referees can use the TorrX to easily ensure that practice and game balls for soccer, basketball, volleyball or football are inflated to perfect pressure.read more
Source: Guardian Caps
Alpharetta, GA. – December 12, 2014 – Guardian Caps, makers of a soft-shell helmet technology proven to reduce the impact of hits up to 33 percent, today congratulates four high school State Champion football teams that wore Guardian Caps during the 2014 football season.read more
SILVER SPRING, MD – December 12, 2014 – The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) announced the re-election of Mizuno USA President Bob Puccini as Chairman of the Board for an additional one-year term. Life Fitness President Chris Clawson was elected as Vice-Chairman. SFIA’s Tom Cove will remain as President and CEO. The announcement was made at the conclusion of SFIA’s Annual Meeting on December 8.read more
Source: ECORE International
Lancaster, PA (December 10, 2014) – ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, is proud to announce it will donate approximately 1,000-square-feet of Everlast Fitness Flooring to Watkins Rush Rink, a street hockey rink at Watkins Elementary School and Recreation Center in Southeast Washington, D.C. ECORE is donating the surfacing as part of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Winter Classic Legacy Initiative, an on-going philanthropic endeavor in which the NHL, local club - in this case the Washington Capitals®- and other league partners support community organizations in the host city of an NHL event.read more
Source: Buffalo Brand Inovation Group
(VIENNA, VA) – Buffalo Brand Invigoration Group (Buffalo) -- the full-service, global agency representing golf, sport and lifestyle brands, destinations and communities – has named Kevin Payne as Global Soccer Strategist.read more
SILVER SPRING, MD – December 10, 2014 – Several team sports including basketball, football (tackle), and soccer have seen a shift towards greater core participation over the past six years, while casual participation has faded, according to the latest U.S. Trends in Team Sports Report published by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA).read more
Source: TRUE Fitness
ST. LOUIS, December 9, 2014 – True Fitness is proud to announce its partnership with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in conjunction with the Society’s Bike MS series. The TRUE Bike MS Cycling Bike is a new indoor cycling bike TRUE hopes will help raise awareness and generate additional support for the MS Society within specialty fitness stores and homes throughout the nation.read more
Source: Positive Coaching Alliance
December 4, 2014, Mountain View, CA – Our nation’s estimated 40 million youth and high school athletes -- plus their parents, coaches and the school and organizational administrators who serve them – have many questions about how to get the most from the youth and high school sports experience. Answers are now available at the Development Zone, a new website from the national non-profit Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA).read more