• Here's Why 6 Million Kids Get Kick Out of Martial Arts

    by Debbie Juniewicz, Dayton Daily News (Ohio) July 2015

    Martial arts students Abby Hupp, 10, and Gabrielle Schneider, 12, have received conditional black belts. It all started with a week of free classes. Three years and 16 belts later, 12-year-old Gabrielle Schneider is a conditional black belt in karate. Her father Tom still shakes his head in disbelief.

  • Youth Organizations Dispute Soccer Complex Usage

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Controversy in a New York town has risen over which youth sports organizations get to use a soccer complex that is both publicly and privately funded. 

  • Millennials Flock to For-Profit Rec Leagues

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A number of millennials grew up with their schedules full of extracurricular sports. These teams allowed them to stay physically fit but also helped these young adults maintain a steady social circle as they grew up, but once they graduated from college and entered adulthood, the opportunities for organized team sports started to dwindle. 

  • Rec Director Returning to Post He Originated in 1984

    by Julie Becker,, Germantown-Menomonee Falls Now July 2015

    The man who started it all will soon reprise his role as director of the Village of Germantown's Park and Recreation Department.

  • Parent Coaches Under More Scrutiny in Youth Leagues

    by Larry Mahoney BDN Staff July 2015

    Coaches play a pivotal role for young athletes, but when those coaches also have children on their team, it presents a challenge in local athletic leagues, whose process for finding and vetting coaches is more stringent than ever.

  • Women's Sports Popular, But Value Isn't Commercial

    by John Gerdy July 2015

    There is absolutely no question the commercial appeal and impact of elite women's sports is going to continue to grow in every way -- from media coverage, to funding, to improved talent levels to increased corporate sponsorships.

  • Could Cricket Become the New Soccer in United States?

    by Bob Keisser, Orange County Register (California) July 2015

    America found a home in its heart for soccer, a sport which inspired sneers from the sports cognoscenti three decades ago but now inspires cheers and high television ratings.

  • Inclusion, Not Intimidation, at Sandlot Baseball Camp

    by Anne Marie Walker, The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA.) July 2015

    The goal for the three-day Sandlot Softball and Baseball Camp in Riverside is to take baseball back to its roots and teach children the fundamentals of the game while also providing a safe and encouraging environment for the children to have fun.

  • White Sox Table Plans for Jackie Robinson West Plaque

    by David Just July 2015

    One year ago the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was getting ready to capture the hearts of both Chicago and the nation at large. The celebration for the U.S. champions included a White House visit, a parade through Chicago and on-field honors from the Cubs and White Sox.

  • Facility Makes Baseball Accessible to Cincinnati Youths

    by Ted Berg, USA TODAY Sports July 2015

    New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who has decried the growing perception of baseball as a country club sport reserved for those with the increasing resources necessary to play it competitively, reiterated a commitment he made early in his tenure to make the game more available to the USA's underprivileged youth.