- Youth Football Embezzlement Investigation Suspended
by Barbara Green October 2016
A Bowie Police investigation into a complaint about possible “mishandling of funds” by a local youth football league officials has been “suspended,” reports Detective Randy Hanson.
- Bouldering, Climbing Growing in Popularity
by Jake Lourim October 2016
Bouldering is a subset of climbing, still a niche sport but rising in popularity. In June, after more than a year of cooperation with the climbing community, Catoctin Mountain Park in Maryland legalized bouldering for the first time since 2014. And this month, the International Olympic Committee said it would add climbing to the Olympic program in 2020.
- Opinion: Unsupervised Sports Offer Lessons to Kids
by Timothy R. Rice September 2016
Gone are the days of pickup games best depicted in the classic 1993 baseball movie The Sandlot, when children gathered on their own to play games in parks, playgrounds, and empty lots. In larger cities, those games were played on streets transformed into fields measured by curbs, manhole covers, and street lights. Depending on the season and the neighborhood, the games varied from baseball, football, street hockey, soccer, and basketball to other regional games such as stickball or halfball. But the ball fields, the parks, and the streets were alive with kids playing games all summer.
- Hearing on Rec Director's Ouster Ends
by Thomas J. Prohaska September 2016
A state Division of Human Rights hearing over the ouster of former City of Lockport Youth and Recreation Director Melissa I. Junke ended Monday in Buffalo. Junke's $54,000-a-year job was abolished by the Common Council in 2014, with the city attributing the action to its financial crisis and arguing that the move had been proposed eight months before it happened. Junke had been investigated in 2013 over alleged misuse of a city credit card.
- Little League President Accused of Theft Jailed
by Alexandra Seltzer September 2016
Already accused of stealing money from the girls softball league he once ran, Timothy Martin was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail again this weekend. This time, Martin, 52, is accused of tampering with or fabricating evidence pertaining to his criminal case.
- Youth Soccer Coaches Defend Participation Trophies
by Worcester Telegram & Gazette September 2016
While trophies for participating in sports are something many kids appreciate, others claim participation trophies take away the value of real accomplishments and instill in children a sense of entitlement. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison last year publicly revoked his then 6- and 8- year old sons’ participation awards. “While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they earn a real trophy.” Harrison wrote on Instagram. “I’m sorry I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I’m not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best.”
- City Has Big Dreams for New Sports Park
by Michael J. Williams September 2016
Olympics in Lake Elsinore? That may sound like a long shot. Yet it's not totally out of the realm of possibility with the future opening of the city's Rosetta Canyon Sports Park, said Jason Simpson, the city's administrative services director. The centerpiece of the 22-acre park nearing completion in the city's Rosetta Canyon neighborhood is a complex of five softball and youth baseball fields tailored to attract tournament and championship competition.
- Pickleball's Popularity Surges in Western New York
by The Buffalo News September 2016
What is the fastest-growing racquet sport in Western New York, is in more than 60 facilities and has more than 1,000 participants? If you said "pickleball" you would be absolutely correct.
- Rec Department Issues Zero-Tolerance Policy for Fans
by Jason Scott September 2016
“Calm down or else.” That’s the message a Maryland recreation and parks department is sending to unruly parents by way of a new policy intended to crack down on troublemakers.
- Pickleball Academy Opens, Offers Camps for Players
by Laura Layden September 2016
The U.S. Open Pickleball Academy has swung open for business at East Naples Community Park along Thomasson Drive, off U.S. 41 East. It's an outgrowth of the first U.S. Open Pickleball Championships held at the park in April.