RECENT ARTICLES
  • City Offering Reduced Rec Fees on Poor Air Quality Days

    by Emily Attwood February 2013

    Residents in Salt Lake County, Utah, will have an easier time getting their exercise on days when the air quality outdoors is too poor. The council has approved a measure that cuts daily admission fees in half on "red air" days, or days when the Utah Department of Environmental Quality deems the air unhealthy due to increased levels of pollutants such as carbon monoxide. On such days, residents are encouraged to limit outdoor exertion, especially those with lung-related health issues.

  • Blog: Rugby Is Taking Good Advantage of Its Olympic Boost

    by Mary Helen Sprecher February 2013

    When rugby players take the field for the 2016 Summer Olympics, it will mark the sport's return to that big stage for the first time since 1924. Ninety-two years is a long drought, and really puts the loss of other sports, like baseball and softball, into perspective.

  • More Recreation Programs Using Tablet Devices

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    Last fall, Bobby Brown, a graduate assistant with the University of South Florida's recreation facilities department, started reaching out to other collegiate recreation professionals to ask about their experiences implementing iPads ...

  • Playgrounds Need More Elements of Risk, Experts Say

    by Emily Attwood January 2013

    The thrill of the playground is gone. It hasn't just been supplanted by the lure of high-tech gadgets and fast-paced video games, although those do take their share of the blame for the nation's childhood obesity epidemic. The real problem, say playground researchers and child development professionals, is that building standards like those specified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission limiting how fast or high a child can go and accessibility requirements dictating equipment placement have brought too much order to playgrounds, making them unappealing to children.

  • Blog: Spring Training Is Not Just for Baseball Anymore

    by Mary Helen Sprecher January 2013

    February is kind of a black hole, fitness-wise. Here in Maryland, at least, people tend to stay inside and hibernate, and not work out. February is when New Year's resolutions run out of gas and motivation starts to wear thin. Add in the fact that the stores are marketing Valentine's candy like crazy, and you pretty much have all the ingredients for a seasonal flatline at your facility. Unless, of course, you find a way to hook people's interest.

  • Blog: Who Will Govern Obstacle Racing? Anybody?

    by Mary Helen Sprecher December 2012

    Here's a question for enthusiasts of sports and fitness minutiae (I know you exist): When has a sport grown to the point that it requires a national governing body?

  • 2012 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Gwinnett County (Ga.) Parks and Recreation

    by NAYS Staff November 2012

    Between the teamwork that takes place out on the fields by young athletes and the teamwork of staff and volunteers needed to serve 48,000 youngsters, Gwinnett (Ga.) County Parks and Recreation is a go-to player in a true sports town.

  • 2012 Excellence In Youth Sports Award Winner: Hillsborough County (Fla.) Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department's Youth Athletic Services

    by NAYS Staff November 2012

    More than 32,000 youth athletes play on the fields, rinks and courts of the Hillsborough County (Fla.) Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department. That is a lot of young lives that are influenced by the coaches and parents that volunteer in these local youth sports programs.

  • 2012 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Churchville (Md.) Recreation Council

    by NAYS Staff November 2012

    The Churchville (Md.) Recreation Council has been a leader on the local youth sports landscape for more than 40 years. The council was founded under the auspices of the Harford County Recreation Department to provide the community with quality recreation and leisure activities, and has been organized entirely by volunteers since its inception.

  • Blog: Stacking - Perfect for Guinness, Not a Sport

    by Mary Helen Sprecher October 2012

    If you're a sports aficionado, I know, absolutely know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that you've used this sentence: