• Park Director's Sudden Dismissal Raises Questions

    by Alicia Yager November 2016

    Board Member Ken Resch penned a letter to the Asbury Mayor and City Council members Thursday expressing his surprise and frustration over the dismissal of Asbury Park and Recreation Director Jason Thieme.

  • Survey: Minority Hiking, Camping Participation Surges

    by Hugo Martin November 2016

    Renewed interest in hiking and camping reflects the growing percentage of minorities spending time in the great outdoors, a significant shift for a demographic long underrepresented among campers and hikers in the U.S.

  • AB Show 2016: Thankful for the Chance to Share Ideas

    by Emily Attwood November 2016

    Nothing helps transition back into office life after the whirl and excitement of another Athletic Business Show quite like a three-day workweek (apologies to our audience in Canada!). But even as I look forward to a day of good food and family, I’m reminded of some of the new ideas shared among recreation professionals at a revenue roundtable seminar hosted by Jeff King and Ken Ballard of Ballard*King Consultants.

  • Ultimate Frisbee Gaining Popularity at Club Events

    by Jim Merritt November 2016

    This night's game at the Huntington YMCA field could easily be mistaken for soccer or football, but it's not a ball the three dozen members of LI Ultimate are tossing, leaping and diving for. It's a Frisbee. At LI Ultimate's Wednesday night pickup games, Frisbee is a competitive sport, with rules, scoring and, of course, some amazing catches.

  • Parent-Volunteers Take AYSO to Court Over DQ

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    Earlier this month, parent-volunteers for the Ventura (Calif.) Fighting Yams, a U-10 boys' soccer team, testified in the Ventura County Superior Court against the American Youth Soccer Organization in protest of the team’s disqualification from the 2016 season playoffs for failing to meet the minimum requirement for weekly referee points.

  • New Initiative Will Bring Upgraded Park

    by Myron Madden November 2016

    As part of a county-wide initiative to improve the region's 17 parks, Hamilton County Parks and Recreation has begun assessing the needs of each property, including the park on Standifer Gap Road, which has fallen into disrepair .

  • 2016 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation - East Agency

    by NAYS Staff November 2016

    The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation – East Agency focuses on enhancing the physical, emotional, social and mental well-being of all its youth sports participants.

  • 2016 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Naval Station Rota Spain Youth Sports and Fitness Program

    by NAYS Staff November 2016

    When it comes to providing high-quality youth sports programming that kids will remember for a lifetime, the staff at Naval Station Rota Spain Youth Sports and Fitness Program does it as well as anyone.

    Committed to helping children embrace healthy activities and lead active lives, the staff consistently rolls out fun and innovative programs, which helped it earn the prestigious Excellence in Youth Sports Award. The Excellence Awards, created by Athletic Business and the National Alliance for Youth Sports, recognize programs for conducting diverse activities that focus on providing safe and positive experiences for all participants.

  • 2016 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Detroit Parks and Recreation Department

    by NAYS Staff November 2016

    The Detroit Parks and Recreation Department staff delivers on its “We Make It Happen” slogan every single day—and the 300,000 youngsters that annually participate in its programs are clearly reaping the benefits.

  • Halo Hoops, Wilmington YMCA Announce Partnership

    by NC Hower Tim; StarNews Staff November 2016

    The Wilmington Family YMCA and Halo Hoops recently announced a new partnership that will expand youth basketball in the Wilmington community. Halo Hoops will provide leadership and overall program management while the YMCA will provide operational, financial and tactical support to the program.