• Parent Coaches Under More Scrutiny in Youth Leagues

    by Larry Mahoney BDN Staff July 2015

    Coaches play a pivotal role for young athletes, but when those coaches also have children on their team, it presents a challenge in local athletic leagues, whose process for finding and vetting coaches is more stringent than ever.

  • Women's Sports Popular, But Value Isn't Commercial

    by John Gerdy July 2015

    There is absolutely no question the commercial appeal and impact of elite women's sports is going to continue to grow in every way -- from media coverage, to funding, to improved talent levels to increased corporate sponsorships.

  • Could Cricket Become the New Soccer in United States?

    by Bob Keisser, Orange County Register (California) July 2015

    America found a home in its heart for soccer, a sport which inspired sneers from the sports cognoscenti three decades ago but now inspires cheers and high television ratings.

  • Inclusion, Not Intimidation, at Sandlot Baseball Camp

    by Anne Marie Walker, The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA.) July 2015

    The goal for the three-day Sandlot Softball and Baseball Camp in Riverside is to take baseball back to its roots and teach children the fundamentals of the game while also providing a safe and encouraging environment for the children to have fun.

  • White Sox Table Plans for Jackie Robinson West Plaque

    by David Just July 2015

    One year ago the Jackie Robinson West Little League team was getting ready to capture the hearts of both Chicago and the nation at large. The celebration for the U.S. champions included a White House visit, a parade through Chicago and on-field honors from the Cubs and White Sox.

  • Facility Makes Baseball Accessible to Cincinnati Youths

    by Ted Berg, USA TODAY Sports July 2015

    New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who has decried the growing perception of baseball as a country club sport reserved for those with the increasing resources necessary to play it competitively, reiterated a commitment he made early in his tenure to make the game more available to the USA's underprivileged youth.

  • The AB Extra: May 29

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    This week's AB Extra features a successful marketing trend in the NBA, a new app that will take pictures of fans at the STAPLES Center during the game so they don't miss a play, and a new girls' tackle football league in Utah. 

  • Program Pairs Veterans with At-Risk Youths

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    With the unemployment rate for veterans around seven percent, Paul Caccamo wanted to help those returning from war find work. Caccamo is the founder and CEO of Up2Us Sports, which is a nonprofit that aims to use sports to help at-risk children, as well as aiding their development. Using the framework from Up2Us Sports’ Coach Across America, a program similar to Teach For America or City Year that places people in schools or communities throughout the country to coach at-risk youth, Caccamo developed the Operation Coach program.

  • Kids' Triathlon Pool Fails Inspection, Used Anyway

    by Emily Attwood May 2015

    Thousands of children participated in a triathlon this past weekend in Jacksonville, Fla., despite reports that the pool used had failed a health inspection earlier in the week. But that’s okay, event and city officials say.

    As part of the two-day conversion of EverBank Field to host swimming, biking and running for the 7th Annual First Coast Kids Triathlon, a portable pool was constructed on the site. The event was a success, despite reports that swimmers had to be pulled from the pool by lifeguards due to the absence of pool ladders. 

    Because the pool was temporary, city officials say it was not considered a public pool under the state’s Department of Health, and thus was not subject to the same inspection criteria. In particular, the water used for such pools is pumped in and out and not recalculated. 

    “They actually don't have guidelines to monitor portable pools, so we actually work with them to set up a structure that allows us to circulate the water and make sure that it's safe,” event director Tom Gildersleeve told

    Furthermore, while the status of portable pools for city inspection purposes is still a little murky, the event still had to fulfill the guidelines set forth by USA Triathlon. 

    “Our events are all sanctioned by USA Triathlon, which is the governing board underneath the U.S. Olympic Committee so there's a safety protocol we follow,” Gildersleeve said.

    Such pools have been used at other kids triathlon events. Lifeguards were also on hand both in and out of the pool to monitor participants’ safety. 


  • The AB Extra: April 17

    by Laura Godlewski April 2015

    The April 17th edition of The AB Extra, the inspiring, quirky or downright weird stories you may have missed this week.