RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 2016 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation - East Agency

    by NAYS Staff November 2016

    The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation – East Agency focuses on enhancing the physical, emotional, social and mental well-being of all its youth sports participants.

  • 2016 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Naval Station Rota Spain Youth Sports and Fitness Program

    by NAYS Staff November 2016

    When it comes to providing high-quality youth sports programming that kids will remember for a lifetime, the staff at Naval Station Rota Spain Youth Sports and Fitness Program does it as well as anyone.

    Committed to helping children embrace healthy activities and lead active lives, the staff consistently rolls out fun and innovative programs, which helped it earn the prestigious Excellence in Youth Sports Award. The Excellence Awards, created by Athletic Business and the National Alliance for Youth Sports, recognize programs for conducting diverse activities that focus on providing safe and positive experiences for all participants.

  • 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.

  • 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.