• Columbus, Ohio, Seeks to Keep Teens Off the Streets

    by Emily Attwood September 2011

    The opening day of the 2011 Wisconsin State Fair in Milwaukee had all the elements normally associated with state fairs - hot weather, carnival rides and games, and barns filled with cows.

  • Slow-Pitch Softball's Participation Decline Challenges Rec Professionals

    by Paul Steinbach July 2011

    The end didn't come all that suddenly. In its glory years, the Jock's Nitch Softball Classic drew 140 slow-pitch teams to Pittsburg, Kan., for three days of camaraderie and competition.

  • Blog: Getting the Bocce Ball Rolling

    by Mary Helen Sprecher July 2011

    The way some people are about trying the newest wine bar or restaurant? I'm that way about sports. If you offer an open house or a chance to try something new, I'm there. And while I haven't stuck with everything I tried (I was epically bad at curling, for instance), I'm always grateful for the opportunity to investigate another activity.

  • Recreation Department Is First to Require Concussion Testing

    by Joe Bush July 2011

    Vinny Ciurciu, a linebacker for the NFL's Detroit Lions, suffered two concussions during the 2010 season. He sat out two games after the first one, and then a glancing blow to the head on his return was all it took to trigger renewed symptoms.

  • Blog: Hook Rec Program Participants with Fishing

    by Mary Helen Sprecher May 2011

    We're perched on the edge of another summer, and while that surely means Little League games and days at the pool, it also brings an opportunity to get kids outside and involved in another activity: fishing.

  • Blog: It's OK to Be a Beginner

    by Mary Helen Sprecher April 2011

    The other day, I was passing through one of the city's parks when I saw a group of people who had set up a badminton net and were teaching their kids to play. Badminton, like all sports, takes practice, meaning a lot of near misses, and not so near misses, were going on. Right on cue came some passersby who made comments that the scene belonged on America's Funniest Home Videos, and they kept yelling "A swing...and a miss!" and other rude stuff. You can pretty much guess what happened next: The kids didn't want to play anymore.

  • Blog: In Search of a New St. Patrick's Day Tradition

    by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2011

    St. Patrick's Day is on the horizon, meaning that soon, a huge number of people will feel compelled to immerse themselves in what they fervently believe is a great example of the Irish culture.

  • Facility Owners Diversify Program Offerings Beyond Basketball

    by Andrew Cohen October 2010

    Most facility owners who base their business models on basketball end up scrambling to diversify their program offerings.

  • Interest in Boardless Indoor Soccer Rises, but Numbers Often Don't Add Up

    by Andrew Cohen August 2010

    Interest in boardless indoor soccer is rising, but for many facility owners, the numbers don't add up.

  • Eliminating Middle School Sports Leaves Student-Athletes Fewer Places to Play

    by Michael Popke August 2010

    Cuts to middle school sports could leave prospective high school student-athletes with fewer places to play.