• 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.

  • 2016 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

    by NAYS Staff November 2016

    At the Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources in North Carolina, fun, participation, sportsmanship and skill development are what it’s all about.

  • Atlanta Opens Miniature Soccer Pitch in Transit System

    by Courtney Cameron November 2016

    The MARTA transit system in Atlanta, Ga., has found a unique way to make youth soccer more available to widespread urban residents.

    MARTA has partnered with Soccer in the Streets and Atlanta United to build the world’s first soccer pitch inside the boundaries of a major urban transit system. Located at MARTA’s Five Points station in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the new field will sit right at the hub of Atlanta urban transit, making it convenient and accessible for all Atlanta residents.

  • 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.