- Hearing on Rec Director's Ouster Ends
by Thomas J. Prohaska September 2016
A state Division of Human Rights hearing over the ouster of former City of Lockport Youth and Recreation Director Melissa I. Junke ended Monday in Buffalo. Junke's $54,000-a-year job was abolished by the Common Council in 2014, with the city attributing the action to its financial crisis and arguing that the move had been proposed eight months before it happened. Junke had been investigated in 2013 over alleged misuse of a city credit card.
- Little League President Accused of Theft Jailed
by Alexandra Seltzer September 2016
Already accused of stealing money from the girls softball league he once ran, Timothy Martin was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail again this weekend. This time, Martin, 52, is accused of tampering with or fabricating evidence pertaining to his criminal case.
- Youth Soccer Coaches Defend Participation Trophies
by Worcester Telegram & Gazette September 2016
While trophies for participating in sports are something many kids appreciate, others claim participation trophies take away the value of real accomplishments and instill in children a sense of entitlement. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison last year publicly revoked his then 6- and 8- year old sons’ participation awards. “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they earn a real trophy.” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best.”
- City Has Big Dreams for New Sports Park
by Michael J. Williams September 2016
Olympics in Lake Elsinore? That may sound like a long shot. Yet it's not totally out of the realm of possibility with the future opening of the city's Rosetta Canyon Sports Park, said Jason Simpson, the city's administrative services director. The centerpiece of the 22-acre park nearing completion in the city's Rosetta Canyon neighborhood is a complex of five softball and youth baseball fields tailored to attract tournament and championship competition.
- Pickleball's Popularity Surges in Western New York
by The Buffalo News September 2016
What is the fastest-growing racquet sport in Western New York, is in more than 60 facilities and has more than 1,000 participants? If you said "pickleball" you would be absolutely correct.
- Rec Department Issues Zero-Tolerance Policy for Fans
by Jason Scott September 2016
“Calm down or else.” That’s the message a Maryland recreation and parks department is sending to unruly parents by way of a new policy intended to crack down on troublemakers.
- Pickleball Academy Opens, Offers Camps for Players
by Laura Layden September 2016
The U.S. Open Pickleball Academy has swung open for business at East Naples Community Park along Thomasson Drive, off U.S. 41 East. It's an outgrowth of the first U.S. Open Pickleball Championships held at the park in April.
- Program Addresses Parental Pressure on Youth Athletes
by Michael Arace September 2016
Andy Wildman is executive director of the Granville Recreation District, the parks and rec department in a town of 3,600 households, give or take. Granville's youth-sports programs, including travel teams, are run under the public umbrella of his department. Participation is extraordinary, so there is not enough airspace to avoid helicopter-parent collisions. It has been posited in this space before, and here it is again: Kids are rarely, if ever, the problem -- it's the adults; the best-intended parents and coaches often go awry. Wildman decided to do what he could to affect change. Viva yo, brother.
- Funding Rule Forces Suspension of Senior Fitness
by Jacob Tierney September 2016
Classes like Zumba, water aerobics and Silver Sneakers at Westmoreland County's 13 senior centers have been suspended as the Area Agency on Aging waits for clarification on a new regulation that will stop it from spending federal money on its most popular exercise offerings. The rule that takes effect next month states centers can use federal money only for "evidence-based" programs, which have been proved by peer-reviewed scientific research to have positive health impacts. The list of eligible programs is relatively small and does not include fitness favorites like Zumba.
- Commission to Review Quinnipiac's Ballfield Project
by Kate Ramunni September 2016
The Inland Wetlands and Planning and Zoning commission will be hearing Quinnipiac University's applications again for a ballfield on Mount Carmel Avenue. The school has already received permission to renovate one of the ballfields on the northern portion of the site at 475 Mount Carmel Ave. The application to renovate the second ballfield on the southern part of the site was denied when it went before the Inland Wetlands Commission because it didn't meet wetland buffer requirements.