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  • Little League Champs Stripped of National Title

    by Emily Attwood February 2015

    Nearly two months after allegations that the Jackie Robinson West team violated residency rules, the governing board of Little League Baseball has stripped the team of its 2014 U.S. championship title. The team drew significant attention during this past year’s Little League season as the first team comprised of all African-American participants to win the national title.

    In December, a rival team accused the Chicago-based team of using players outside its geographic area in December, allegations that were initially dismissed. But an investigation by the Little League organization revealed that the team used a map with falsified boundaries to recruit players from neighboring districts. As a result of the investigation, the team will vacate its wins from the 2014 Little League Baseball International Tournament, including its regional and national titles, the latter of which will be awarded to Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas. 

    “For more than 75 years, Little League has been an organization where fair play is valued over the importance of wins and losses,” Little League International CEO Stephen D. Keener said in a statement. “This is a heartbreaking decision. What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome.”

    Local officials acknowledged in January that they knew of the team’s violations but had not reported them to the governing body, sparking the league to reopen its investigation. The team’s manager has since been suspended, and the league’s administrator for the district has been removed from his position. 

    “Little League takes these matters very seriously and has spent countless hours gathering information about the many issues facing Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4,” Keener said. “During our review, it became clear that both Jackie Robinson West officials and District Administrator, Mike Kelly signed documents to make players eligible who should not have been.”

     

  • 2014 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Suffolk (Va.) Parks and Recreation

    by NAYS Staff November 2014

    Suffolk (Va.) Parks and Recreation is a place for children to learn fundamental sports skills, enhance communication skills, build social relationships and just have fun – all through youth sports. 

  • 2014 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: MCAS Miramar Youth Sports Program

    by NAYS Staff November 2014

    The U.S. Marine base MCAS Miramar Youth Sports Program in San Diego, Calif., provides the children and families of its community with a place to learn fundamental and advanced skills in a variety of sports, and a place to stay healthy and active while meeting new friends. 

  • 2014 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Jefferson City (Mo.) Parks, Recreation & Forestry

    by NAYS Staff November 2014

    Jefferson City (Mo.) Parks, Recreation & Forestry has been training volunteer youth sports coaches since 1986, and it’s safe to say that the city was an early adopter of coach education. Today, the program continues to place emphasis on supporting and training coaches as a way to ensure a positive and safe youth sports experience for all participants. 

  • 2014 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Fort Eustis Youth Sports & Fitness Program

    by NAYS Staff November 2014

    Although the Fort Eustis Youth Sports & Fitness Program (Va.) at the Joint Base Langley-Eustis has faced challenges over the years, the program has continued to offer top-notch youth sports programming to fit the needs of the children and families it serves. 

  • 2014 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Dyess Youth Sports Program

    by NAYS Staff November 2014

    The Dyess Youth Sports program at Dyess Air Force Base in Texas makes sure there is never a dull moment for the children and families it serves. Between seasonal sports like baseball, basketball, soccer and cheerleading; instructional classes for kajukembo, tennis and tumbling; summer camps; and other special events, there is always an activity to promote a healthy lifestyle and provide fun for the children. 

  • Tennessee Climbing League Shows Preps the Ropes

    by Andrew Brandt October 2014

    The mountain ranges that run through Tennessee are so majestically crafted for climbing that you may question their naturalness.

  • Evolution of Playground Design, Partnerships, Funding

    by Adrian Benepe October 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    As soon as the weather warms up each year, many families flock to parks where their children can play and run around safely, interact with other children, cool off on the sprayground or simply enjoy being outside on a nice day.

  • Rethinking Playgrounds to Appeal to Today’s Generation

    by Greg Harrison October 2014

    Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.

    If you close your eyes, you can conjure up all the awesome sounds of outdoor play: kids laughing, balls bouncing, swings squeaking and seesaws thumping. From kickball matches at school recess to summer days spent at the community playground, playing outside seems to be just another aspect of childhood we all take for granted. But according to the Alliance for Childhood, children now spend 50 percent less time in unstructured outdoor activities compared to the 1970s, and it seems there's a new report each week about our nation's sedentary lifestyle epidemic or the rising incidence of childhood obesity. Sadly, outdoor play is endangered, and unless we start thinking about it in a fresh way, generations of kids will miss out on this key ingredient of a healthy childhood.

  • Viral Video Ignites Change in San Francisco Park Policy

    by Michael Gaio October 2014

    Thanks to a viral video and an ensuing change of policy, teenagers in San Francisco's Mission neighborhood will no longer have to worry about being booted from their local public soccer field.