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  • New Hockey Rink: More Ice Time, Fewer 6 a.m. Practices

    by MARK EMMERT, By MARK EMMERT Staff Writer August 2014

    Every time John Veilleux pondered the potential for growth in his youth hockey organization, he faced this cold reality: Ice was the missing ingredient.

  • Hometown Football Hero Launches Citizen Sports League

    by Shawnee Moran, Daily Mail Staff August 2014

    Former West Virginia University football player John Pennington, fondly known to Mountaineer fans for catching the 28-yard pass in the final minute of the first half of the 2003 Backyard Brawl against Pitt, is giving back to the place where he was born and raised. After returning home to Charleston years after his Mountaineer highlights, he came to believe the younger generation was losing interest in the city, claiming they didn't have anything in which to participate.

  • Bill Gives City Officials Flexibility in Setting Race Fees

    by MATT MURPHY, Daily Mail STAFF August 2014

    A new bill will still charge event organizers fees for holding foot and similar races in Charleston, but it gives city officials greater flexibility in determining cost. Council's Parks and Recreation Committee discussed and unanimously approved the bill during a meeting Monday afternoon. It must go to council's finance committee before being voted on by the full council.

  • Youth Sports Events Have Become For-Profit Enterprise

    by Diane Mastrull, The Philadelphia Inquirer August 2014

    Jeff Long could torture himself with "what ifs." Especially: What if that financial backer had come through with the $250,000 Long needed to sustain his ticket-outsourcing business for college sports events until critical mass was achieved? But after that potential investor bailed, a fortuitous thing happened to Long. A neighbor convinced him to come watch his son play in a high school lacrosse playoff game.

  • Key Considerations When Building a Splash Pad

    by Paul Steinbach August 2014

    They're bubbling up from Texas to Minnesota and from coast to coast as complements to traditional dry playgrounds and existing pools, as well as stand-alone aquatics amenities replacing traditional pools altogether. For many municipalities, both urban and suburban, splash pads offer a simpler, more affordable aquatics recreation alternative.

  • Youth Coaches Learn Ways to Reduce Concussions

    by Thomas Clouse, tomc@spokesman.com, (509) 459-5495 August 2014

    Area youth coaches taught how to address concussions NFL-sponsored USA Football leads seminar By Thomas Clouse tomc@spokesman.com, (509) 459-5495 Youth football coaches sat around a room Saturday at the Spokane YMCA and had safety regarding concussions drilled into their heads. Head-injury awareness has been heightened in what many view as a violent sport. Concussions have been further thrust into the spotlight through litigation by former players who claim the National Football League overlooked head injuries that have caused debilitating effects.

  • 'Roger Goodell of Cricket' Drives Sport's Growth in Md.

    by PHIL TURNER Correspondent August 2014

    Jamie Harrison volunteered to organize and coach a cricket team with the Linthicum Ferndale Youth Athletic Association this spring. The team consisted of 13 boys and girls ranging from ages 7 to 11. It was the only team of its kind in Anne Arundel County.

  • Football Program a Model City-County Partnership

    by Gerald Witt wittg@knoxnews.com 865-342-6357 August 2014

    Joe Walsh, Knoxville’s parks and recreation director, said unified parks and recreation departments often are a starting point for combined government. Every year or so, somebody suggests combining city and county parks programs.

  • Tennis Court Surfaces Continue to Evolve

    by Mary Helen Sprecher July 2014

    No question, the sport of tennis has evolved. Players — like the colors they wear — are louder, bolder and more attention-grabbing than their predecessors. And the courts they play on have dragged the sport (some laughingly say kicking and screaming) into the 21st century. Courts have evolved since the days of green grass facilities and white chalk lines. Not that those don't still exist, but they're the exception, rather than the rule — particularly when it comes to recreational installations.

  • Police Cadet Program Puts Extra Eyes in Parks

    by Emily Attwood March 2014

    With warmer weather somewhere on the horizon and construction at the city’s Festival Park wrapping up, police in New Baltimore, Mich. are preparing for an uptick in park activity. The department’s Cadet Program, started more than a decade ago, brings in the extra help the department needs and gives citizens interested in a criminal justice career an opportunity to gain experience. 


     “It’s really just a great opportunity,” one former cadet told The Voice . “You typically start in the summer and then work your way up in the field. As a cadet a lot of the focus is on the parks and you take on that responsibility.” 

    The cadets, paid $8 per hour, patrol city parks and also have the opportunity to experience other aspects of a police officer’s job, including parking enforcement, administrative office work and going on ride-alongs. In addition to the experience, the program opens doors for cadets to move into permanent law enforcement positions.

    “This is the golden ticket program,” says police chief Tom Wiley, who was also the program’s first cadet. “It’s a springboard into the profession.”