• Youth Football Team Removed for Fielding 19-Year-Old

    by Stuart Goldman October 2016

    A team of 13- and 14-year-old football players has been removed from its youth league in Rhode Island after the team’s coach put a 19-year-old into a game.

  • Management Company Gives Little Leaguers Run-Around

    by Courtney Cameron October 2016

    As the autumn days get shorter in St. Petersburg (Fla.), little leaguers are faced with the spooky prospect of playing out the rest of the season in the dark, if the St. Petersburg Little League can’t get the money together to pay their electric bill. The monthly cost to run the floodlights at the field is around $1,000.

  • Dearth of Black Baseball Players Tied to Absent Fathers

    by Bradford Richardson October 2016

    With the World Series set to begin, a glance at the rosters for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs could prompt the question, “Where have all the black baseball players gone?” When Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones was asked about NFL-style national-anthem protests, he said they aren’t happening in Major League Baseball because is a “white man’s sport.” While the number of black players in baseball and baseball-playing black youths is declining, research indicates this is not because the sport is associated with white culture but because black fathers are less likely to be at home. The Austin Institute, a Texas-based think tank focused on family and societal issues, has commissioned a study titled “Called Out at Home” that shows a correlation between the decline of black fatherhood and the decline of black participation in America’s pastime.

  • Infographic: Generational Differences in Fitness Participation

    by AB Editors October 2016

    The Sports and Fitness Industry Association's 2016 Topline Report surveyed people from different age groups to find how they participate in sports, fitness and recreation activities. 

  • Infographic: The Nationwide Decline in Sports Officials

    by AB Editors October 2016

    There are around 300,000-350,000 total high school sports officials in the U.S. but states like Tennessee, Nevada, and Kansas are all reporting a decrease in registered officials. In fact, Oregon saw a 12 percent decrease in the last three years alone.

  • Youth Football Coach Shot and Killed in Florida

    by Stuart Goldman October 2016

    A youth football coach in Florida was shot and killed last week, moments after his team’s nighttime practice.

  • What's Tuj Lub? Ancient Game Comes to St. Paul Parks

    by James Walsh October 2016

    Pronounced "too loo," the new courts signal another "finally made it" moment for the Hmong in Minnesota. Their game will now be a fixture on the city's athletic landscape.

  • Field Hockey Comes to Naperville Parks

    by Sue Omanson October 2016

    One year ago the Naperville Park District hosted an exploratory youth field hockey clinic, designed to introduce middle school students to the game, which is taking root as a high school sport in this area.

  • Youth Football Embezzlement Investigation Suspended

    by Barbara Green October 2016

    A Bowie Police investigation into a complaint about possible “mishandling of funds” by a local youth football league officials has been “suspended,” reports Detective Randy Hanson.

  • Bouldering, Climbing Growing in Popularity

    by Jake Lourim October 2016

    Bouldering is a subset of climbing, still a niche sport but rising in popularity. In June, after more than a year of cooperation with the climbing community, Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland legalized bouldering for the first time since 2014. And this month, the International Olympic Committee said it would add climbing to the Olympic program in 2020.