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: Octane Fitness
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. – Sept. 18, 2014 – Octane Fitness, LLC, earned the annual Vendor of the Year award from Anytime Fitness, the world’s fastest growing fitness club and the largest co-ed fitness franchise, for its outstanding service to the company’s 3,000 clubs worldwide. Presented at the annual Anytime Fitness annual conference on September 13 in Scottsdale, Ariz., the award is due to Octane being the highest-rated vendor in an Anytime Fitness system-wide franchisee survey.read more
Sacramento, CA, September 18, 2014– One of Northern California’s largest school districts is in the process of renovating its athletic infrastructure, and they’re getting started with two brand new fields from AstroTurf®, the pioneers of the synthetic turf industry. Sacramento City Unified School District’s Rosemont High School formally dedicated its new athletic field in May, while Kennedy High School debuted its new artificial turf September 5th. Sacramento-based Valley Precision Grading, a Certified AstroTurf Distributor, handled both installations.read more
Source: The Sports & Fitness Industry Association
SILVER SPRING, MD – September 17, 2014 -- At the 2014 SFIA Industry Leaders Summit in Chicago, SFIA Chairman & Mizuno, USA President Bob Puccini and SFIA President & CEO Tom Cove announced the SFIA Increase Participation Plan, the biggest initiative the sports and fitness industry has launched to increase participation. Working closely with industry partner PHIT America, SFIA outlined an attack plan to help reverse the ‘inactivity pandemic,’ and get more Americans active and playing sports.read more
Source: SwimEx, Inc.
Fall River, MA – SwimEx, Inc., an international leader in the manufacturing of therapy and fitness pools, is pleased to announce the appointment of Suzanne Pearson Vaughan as President.read more
Souce: Sports & Fitness Industry Association
SILVER SPRING, MD – September 10, 2014 – New York City and Chicago (host city of SFIA’s 2014 Industry Leaders Summit) were the only U.S. cities ranked in the top ten in each of the four fitness categories tracked according to the 2014 Tracking the Fitness Movement Report published by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). The four fitness categories were Group Based Fitness, Weights and Resistance, Cardio Machines, and Soft Exercise. Soft Exercise is defined as Pilates, Stretching, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Barre.read more
Los Angeles, Calif. – (September 8, 2014) – Beachbody, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based developers of popular fitness brands INSANITY® and P90X®, announced today the hiring of Sue Collyns as Chief Financial Officer. Collyns will play a critical role in the strategic and financial management of Beachbody as it builds upon its success and works to expand its business globally. Collyns will report directly to Beachbody CEO, Carl Daikeler.read more
Source: Spectrum Aquatics
MISSOULA, MT, September 8, 2014 – Spectrum Aquatics, a leading manufacturer of commercial pool equipment, has recently developed a retractable, anti-slip backstroke start “wedge” (patent pending) designed to improve start times and reduce the possibility of slip starts for competitive backstroke swimmers. Spectrum’s innovative backstroke wedge is currently available for order and will be on display at this year’s 2014 ASCA World Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.read more