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: National Recreation and Park Association
Award applications include nominations for Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame
Ashburn, Va. (Jan. 20, 2017) — Applications and nominations for the National Recreation and Park Association’s (NRPA) 2017 National Awards, Gold Medal Awards and Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fameare now being accepted. The deadline to submit award applications is March 12, 2017.read more
Source: Spectrum Aquatics
Easy to Use and Saves Deck Space!
MISSOULA, MT, January 20th 2017 – Spectrum Aquatics Launches New ADA Portable Motion Trek BP 300 Lift. Built for durability, this pool lift is easy to use, saving deck space. Since the lift is mounted on wheels, it can be wheeled out of the way and stored when not in use. It is freestanding and features a lock down kit, to fasten to the deck. "We have transformed the feedback from customers into specific enhancements and created a new product that is built directly on what we have learned from our customer,” said Nabil Khaled, Spectrum Aquatics Vice President Sales, Marketing and Customer Service.read more
Teamworks to Streamline Communication and Modernize Experience for Tournament Staff and Participating Teams
DURHAM, NC – [Thursday, January 19, 2017] – Teamworks, the leading provider of collaboration and communication software for athletic organizations, is pleased to announce it will provide collaboration software for the 2017 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. NCAA tournament and regional game-site staff as well as the 64 participating teams, their representatives and game officials will utilize Teamworks’ platforms. Teamworks was also selected as the provider to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, which accentuates the NCAA’s efforts to more widely adopt mobile communication at its events.read more
Source: US Club Soccer
Five LaLiga Courses Draw 750-Plus Coaches from 250 Clubs
(CHARLESTON, S.C.) – US Club Soccer – a prominent member of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the leading organization developing soccer clubs across America – today announces its significant growth in 2016, including the execution of five LaLiga Formation Methodology courses, expanding the National Premier Leagues (NPL) from 19 to 23 leagues and registering nearly 500,000 members to date.read more