RECENT ARTICLES
  • 2013 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Glynn County (Ga.) Recreation and Parks Department

    by NAYS Staff November 2013

    It has been a busy couple of years for the Glynn County (Ga.) Recreation and Parks Department. Since winning the Excellence in Youth Sports Award in 2010, the department has continued to build upon its child-focused programming and offer superior service to its citizens, which enabled it to earn the prestigious award again this year.

  • 2013 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Fort Rucker (Ala.) Youth Sports and Fitness

    by NAYS Staff November 2013

    The road to excellence began five years ago for Fort Rucker (Ala.) Youth Sports and Fitness. Randy Tolison took over as youth sports and fitness director, bringing with him a fresh perspective to rejuvenate the program. "The program looked good from the outside, but it was a little stagnant on the inside," says Tolison. "The staff on board was doing okay, but it appeared that they were satisfied with just being okay."

  • 2013 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Botetourt County (Va.) Parks, Recreation and Tourism

    by NAYS Staff November 2013

    Activities and programs at Botetourt County (Va.) Parks, Recreation and Tourism are developed around putting the children first. When new activities and options are added to the youth sports program, the impact on the youngsters served is always examined first.

  • Safeguarding Youth Sports Programs Against Embezzlement

    by Emily Attwood October 2013

    On a sunny Saturday morning, as parents gather along the sidelines and chatter idly while their children warm up for a morning of soccer practice, the last thing on anyone's mind or lips are questions about the financial records of the organization.

  • Adding Pickleball to Parks and Recreation Programming

    by Emily Attwood September 2013

    Pickleball's growing popularity can't be denied. Has your program given it a taste test?

  • Are 'Normal' 5Ks a Thing of the Past?

    by Mary Helen Sprecher September 2013

    Are there any plain ol' 5Ks any longer?

    (crickets chirping)

    Really, I have to ask. Doesn't anyone ever just run a 3.1-mile race from Point A to Point B (or if it's an out-and-back course, from Point A to Point A)?

  • Why Tennis and Running Are Growing in Popularity

    by Mary Helen Sprecher August 2013

    I love it when sports show growth. Any sport, any level, for any age, for any gender. It's just good, and it makes for a nice balance to all the ink given to childhood obesity and so forth.

  • Obstacle Racing Faces Obstacles of its Own

    by Mary Helen Sprecher August 2013

    A friend mentioned to me recently that the sport of obstacle racing is in its adolescence. Do you think that's accurate? Does a sport have to reach the teen years to be in its adolescence, or does 'adolescence' just describe a stage of its growth?

  • No-Score Youth Sports Policies Gaining Popularity

    by Emily Attwood May 2013

    This summer, a growing number of youth soccer teams in Ontario will be playing games without keeping track of goals scored, at least not officially.

  • Blog: Make Some Noise with Deaf Sports

    by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2013

    A few weeks ago, while playing in a self-refereed racquetball match, my friend and I had a moment where neither one of us could tell whether a shot was good.