• Youth Soccer Club: $80K Fee Unfair

    by Emily Attwood May 2016

    The Urbandale (Iowa) Parks and Recreation Commission is recommending its local sports clubs split the cost of improvements made to the sports facilities used by the groups, a plan that doesn’t sit well with one of the four clubs.

  • Pickleball Finds a Home on New, Existing Outdoor Courts

    by Mary Helen Sprecher May 2016

    This article appeared in the May issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.

  • VW Employees Donate to Youth Soccer Program

    by Dave Flessner May 2016

    Volkswagen employees are helping to fund a new program with the Chattanooga Football Club to promote soccer as a way for low-income youth to live active and healthier lives.

  • Pickleball Popularity Booms Among Seniors

    by Manny Otiko May 2016

    A fast-growing sport was demonstrated recently at a senior center in Norco. The Rose M. Eldridge Senior Center in Norco recently hosted a display of pickleball — a cross among tennis, badminton and table tennis.

  • Pop Warner Football Organization Bans Kickoffs

    by Colorado Springs Gazette May 2016

    Pop Warner on Thursday became the first national football organization to eliminate kickoffs in an effort to make the game safer for its 250,000 kids.

  • Study: Focus on Elite Athletes Hurts Sports Participation

    by Jason Scott May 2016

    A Canadian study found that lower rates of sports participation may be caused by something other than video games, smartphones or the general laziness of today’s youth.

  • City, Youth Sports Association Mull Contract Details

    by Katie Ward May 2016

    The working relationship between the city of Ringgold and the independent Ringgold Youth Sports Association is a mutually beneficial one, officials say. In an attempt to keep it that way, the suggested addition of a $10 "participation fee" for each young player -- which would be used by the city to help cover the costs of mowing the soccer field used by RYSA -- has been deferred. The City Council and RYSA plan to discuss the issue again in August, before signing a new contract.

  • Commission Plan Calls for $15M in Recreation Upgrades

    by William Kelly May 2016

    The plan calls for a new, larger building with more facilities, a larger playground and expanded parking. Tennis facilities would be upgraded, and the soccer field would be moved 40 feet to the west of the property to accommodate the parking expansion.

  • Boston Suburb Bans Tackling in Youth Football Program

    by Stuart Goldman January 2016

    Citing an increased risk of injury in tackle football and a decline in enrollment, the recreation department of a Boston suburb is switching its youth football program to a flag football program for grades one through eight.

  • 2015 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: NSA Bahrain Child and Youth Programs

    by NAYS Staff November 2015

    At NSA Bahrain Child and Youth Programs safety, effort and fun are what it’s all about. The department’s philosophy is zeroed in on instilling a positive attitude, basic fundamentals, confidence and sportsmanship into all children who participate.