RECENT ARTICLES
  • AB Survey: IM Programs Growing, Diversifying

    by Paul Steinbach and Emily Attwood February 2017

    Intramural sports are a fluid game in which hard work, keen instincts and quick reactions are keys to success. If participants tire of volleyball, give them blacklight volleyball, sand volleyball or seated volleyball. Take dodgeball to the next level with extreme dodgeball or giant dodgeball. There's broomball, goalball, speedball, knockerball, flickerball, pickleball, wallyball, Wiffle Ball, arena football and two-ball soccer. Ball sports not your students' bag? How about log rolling?

  • CU Rec Makes Advances in Adaptive Programming

    by Courtney Cameron February 2017

    The University of Colorado Recreation Center is making significant advances in the way of creating a universal community and activity hub for its diverse student population.

  • Local Groups Struggle to Recruit Youth Sports Officials

    by Courtney Cameron January 2017

    In the last year, finding qualified officials to work youth sports tournament games has become increasingly more difficult, according to the Sports Commission in Rochester, Minn. This makes it harder to host local tournaments, which results in fewer competition opportunities for youths.

  • County Officials Revoke Club’s Rights to Field Lights

    by Courtney Cameron December 2016

    Last Thursday, local officials in Harrison County, Miss., sent a message to the constituents of the South Mississippi Soccer Club by turning off the field lights, effectively halting practice and enforcing the value of resource frugality.  

  • Rec Dept. Hires 'Skateguards’ to Monitor Ice Rink

    by Emily Attwood December 2016

    The ice rink at Canton Recreational Pavilion in Watertown, N.Y., has gotten so popular that the recreation department has had to hire “skateguard” supervisors to keep order during open skate hours.

  • 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.