• Opinion: "Recess Coaches" and Dumbing Down Playgrounds

    by Andrea Peyser October 2015

    New York City has spent $425,000 of taxpayer money to hire "recess coaches" to teach schoolchildren to play nice - effectively bullying them into believing that winning is for losers.

  • Youth Soccer Tourney Expecting $4.5M Economic Impact

    by Sharahn D. Boykin October 2015

    The fourth annual Haunted Classic Youth Soccer Tournament is expected to draw more than 30,500 people to the Dayton, Ohio region this weekend.

  • Rec Department, Little League Collaborating on New Program

    by Roxboro Kiwanis Club October 2015

    The Roxboro Little League will be a new non-profit corporation with a board directing the program, although the county owns the former Rock Sportsplex property where games will be played.

  • Merger Complete, Rec Advisory Board Disbands

    by Tim Hrenchir. October 2015

    Shawnee County will form a Citizen Advisory/Advocate Board to replace the Shawnee County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, which formerly provided advice to the county commission and the parks and recreation director.

  • Dwindling Participation Forces Cancellation of Youth Football

    by Jared Pendak October 2015

    For the first time in 20 years, football season is coming and going without youth programs in Hanover. The town's junior high team drew only four players to preseason practices, and its grades 4-5 and 5-6 grade teams had just nine total at the start. Late recruiting efforts yielded an increase but not enough of one, and all three teams' seasons were scrapped. Junior high coach Jeff Goodrich -- who has fielded teams with as few as 13 athletes and as many as 65 over the years -- knew his program might face a numbers issue after last year's unit carried just one seventh-grader, Jesse Tuttle. Goodrich nonetheless expected to find 20-30 eager youngsters gathered at Thompson Terrace when he arrived for the team's first meet-and-greet in August. Instead, there were more balls than players to throw and kick them.

  • Travel, Admission Fees Push Up Youth Sports Costs

    by The Buffalo News October 2015

    The Pop Warner Football League offers youngsters a chance to take part in a grand childhood tradition. But the opportunity to play in a travel league carries a cost, and that can be a barrier for those from low-income families. Often, coaches dig into their own pockets for uniforms, equipment and other expenses to cover children who cannot afford them. Now, the league has come under criticism for charging admission to its games at the Johnnie B. Wiley athletic complex in Buffalo - $3 for adults and $2 for children.

  • Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation Names New Director

    by Matthew Daigle October 2015

    The Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation group has hired Barbara Schneider as its new executive director. Deb Maxfield, director of marketing and development, said Schneider will assume the role at the organization's board meeting in late October.

  • Opinion: Parents Should Teach Children to Be Coachable

    by Deseret Morning News October 2015

    As I picked my 10-year-old daughter, Aspen, up from her gymnastics class, I could tell that she was visibly upset. She had obviously had a rough practice, and I knew that as soon as we got in the car I would hear all about it. "My coach got mad at me," she said.

  • Flag Footballer Accused of Stomping on Head in Melee

    by Jorge Milian October 2015

    An adult flag football game in Royal Palm Beach turned violent last week, sending one man to a hospital trauma unit and another man to the Palm Beach County Jail.

  • City of Columbus Completes 22-Mile Bike Trail

    by Mark Ferenchik October 2015

    The last link of the Alum Creek Greenways Trail opened on Thursday, completing a 22-mile trail connecting Westerville and Easton to Three Creeks Park near Groveport. 16 years in the making and cost the city of Columbus $20 million. Of that, $7 million came from grants, most of them federal. The last section of the trail, with a bridge over Alum Creek, cost $4.8 million.