• 2012 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Churchville (Md.) Recreation Council

    by NAYS Staff November 2012

    The Churchville (Md.) Recreation Council has been a leader on the local youth sports landscape for more than 40 years. The council was founded under the auspices of the Harford County Recreation Department to provide the community with quality recreation and leisure activities, and has been organized entirely by volunteers since its inception.

  • Blog: Stacking - Perfect for Guinness, Not a Sport

    by Mary Helen Sprecher October 2012

    If you're a sports aficionado, I know, absolutely know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that you've used this sentence:

  • Blog: Looking Deeper Into Our Cancellations

    by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein October 2012

    There is nothing that ruins our collective mood quicker than a flood of cancellation requests. And man, have we been in a bad mood lately.

  • Parks and Recreation Departments Benefit from Sports Tourism

    by Emily Attwood September 2012

    In 2005, parks and recreation operations manager Joel Dunn approached the Carson City, Nev., convention and visitors bureau with a proposal to boost sports tourism in the city.

  • Blog: An Event That Really Colors Outside the Lines

    by Mary Helen Sprecher July 2012

    I'm pretty used to seeing photos pop up on my Facebook page, shared by friends who have participated in everything from racquetball tournaments to obstacle races. The most interesting album of late was posted by a friend who had been involved in something called the Color Run.

  • Increasing Participation in Recreation Programs

    by Emily Attwood June 2012

    The last few years have been a mixed bag for the recreation industry. The recession brought with it budget cuts that forced many recreation departments to get creative.

  • Blog: Parks and Rec Programs Are, Well, Wonderful

    by Mary Helen Sprecher June 2012

    Last year, the National Recreation and Park Association brought us "Rock Your Park" as the theme for July, designated as Park and Recreation Month. This year, with the countdown to the end of the school year going strong among kids, NRPA has released its new campaign, "GET WILD about parks."

  • Communities Find Solutions to Sports Field Shortages

    by Emily Attwood April 2012

    A dedicated push by communities across the country to get youths off the couch and out playing appears to be paying off.

  • Blog: Obstacles to Serving Obstacle Racers

    by Mary Helen Sprecher April 2012

    Like skinny jeans and Ugg boots, fitness goes through trends. And just as with skinny jeans and Ugg boots, those trends aren't for everyone. Discerning individuals recognize that. Those who aren't discerning become fashion victims, or in this case, fitness victims.

  • Blog: NGB Drops the Ball on 'Try Our Sport Month'

    by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2012

    The other day, I was doing some research for an article, and happened to be on the website of a national governing body. I'm leaving the sport nameless, because a) I don't want to point fingers, and b) I know this particular NGB doesn't own the patent on this type of screw-up.