• County Welcomes New Parks and Rec Director

    by Clint Thomas December 2016

    Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission Executive Director Jarrod Dean sees a bright future for the county in his new role, with plenty of respect included for Putnam's past. Dean, 36, became the PCPRC executive director on Nov. 7, having worked previously in the executive branch of the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. "I was born and raised in Huntington and worked in Charleston for a little while, he said last week. "After my wife and I got married, we moved to Putnam County. One of the reasons was because the county has such a good school rating. We've lived here for about four years. "My background is in engineering project management. I did sales and development for several structural steel fabrication companies, plus their economic development and a lot of construction stuff.

  • Rec Dept. Hires 'Skateguards’ to Monitor Ice Rink

    by Emily Attwood December 2016

    The ice rink at Canton Recreational Pavilion in Watertown, N.Y., has gotten so popular that the recreation department has had to hire “skateguard” supervisors to keep order during open skate hours.

  • Youth Tackle Football Teams Carry On Despite Concerns

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    Independent youth football clubs are rushing in to fill the void left by the Marshall, Texas, junior high tackle football team after it shut down in 2014. The move to close the seventh-grade team was advocated by Marshall high school football coach Clint Harper, who claimed that poor teaching in youth football made players more susceptible to injury. The Pop Warner and Boys & Girls Club youth football programs have also been discontinued in Marshall, citing as the main reasons safety concerns, liability and a lack of participation.

  • AB Survey: IM Programs Growing, Diversifying

    by Paul Steinbach and Emily Attwood December 2016

    Intramural sports are a fluid game in which hard work, keen instincts and quick reactions are keys to success. If participants tire of volleyball, give them blacklight volleyball, sand volleyball or seated volleyball. Take dodgeball to the next level with extreme dodgeball or giant dodgeball. There's broomball, goalball, speedball, knockerball, flickerball, pickleball, wallyball, Wiffle Ball, arena football and two-ball soccer. Ball sports not your students' bag? How about log rolling?

  • 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 .