• Kids May Not Be Getting Required PE Time

    by Sonja Isger March 2016

    Florida law already requires physical education class for 150 minutes a week in elementary school. But do students actually get the full 150?

  • Kids Embrace Youth Roller Derby Program

    by Correspondent March 2016

    With humble beginnings as something of a take-your-daughter-to-work day, the group of girls who make up the Junior “Wolf Pack” Derby league through Worcester Roller Derby Association (WoRD) have evolved into something worth howling about. WoRD, a nonprofit and skater-controlled league, first formed in 2011 when a group central to the city broke away from the regional group known as Central Mass. Roller Derby and began using warehouse space at Suffolk Street as their indoor practice arena. In the early days, it wasn’t unusual for some of the skaters’ daughters to tag along.

  • SilverSneakers YMCA Program Attracts Active Seniors

    by Debbie Juniewicz March 2016

    Beach ball volleyball is just one of the many SilverSneakers programs offered at local YMCAs. Betty Burnett has heard plenty of excuses, but she doesn't buy any of them. "People say they're 'too old' or they 'won't be able to keep up,'" Burnett said. "It's really sad." At 80 years old, the Bellbrook woman plays pickleball and beach ball volleyball and takes a full slate of active older adult (AOA) and SilverSneakers classes at the South YMCA in Kettering. Burnett is one of a growing number of senior adults who are getting active and staying active well into their golden years.

  • Unicycle Hockey Puts New Spin on Sport

    by Allie Shah March 2016

    It's a familiar sound in Minnesota: ice hockey sticks click-clacking as two players face off in pursuit of the puck. But in this game, the players don't skate on blades. They glide around on a single wheel. Enter the world of unicycle hockey - a fast-paced game that draws a small band of intergenerational, one-wheeled wonders to a church basement gym to practice their riding skills while putting a new, er, spin on a quintessential Minnesota sport.

  • Buddy Sports Program Builds Skills, Confidence

    by Faran Fagen March 2016

    For Eric Verh, the confidence his daughter found shooting baskets, scoring goals and touchdowns, and crossing the finish line, has filled his heart with joy. Before Verh, of Boca Raton, discovered Parkland Buddy Sports, Madison didn't have the opportunity to play sports at a competitive level. Now, with the assistance and encouragement of her Buddy, Madison plays basketball, soccer, tennis, flag football and takes part in running.

  • Parks Get $150K Donation for Pickleball Complex

    by John Reinan March 2016

    Edina parks are getting into a pickle. Thanks to a $150,000 donation from a local family, Edina expects to have a five-court pickleball complex - at Rosland Park - ready for play by the Fourth of July.

  • Florida County Helps Fund Sports Tourism Events

    by Laura Layden March 2016

    In April and May, Collier County will host a variety of events, including several new ones, attracting thousands of visitors and filling up hotel rooms that might otherwise have sat empty with the arrival of the offseason.

  • Social Sports Leagues See Rapid Growth

    by Carrie Wells March 2016

    In six years Social Leagues has grown from a small boccie operation in Baltimore to offering a variety of social sports leagues in six cities with 100,000 participants. The company continues to grow with last month’s announcement of the acquisition of NYC Social, a New York-based social sports league that will be merged with its existing operation, Play Big Apple. Now its founder, Giovanni Marcantoni, says he wants to focus on increasing the number of participants it serves nationwide to 300,000 by 2020.

  • 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.