RECENT ARTICLES
  • 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.

  • Parks Departments Regulate Private Fitness Classes

    by Emily Attwood March 2013

    Santa Monica's Palisades Park is one of the city's most popular green spaces. Perhaps a little too popular. Stretching along the California coast, the park is an excellent place for a jog or leisurely stroll or just to relax and enjoy the ocean view. ...

  • Blog: A Simple Answer to a Simple Management Question

    by Andrew Cohen February 2013

    The very-active NIRSA Community forum - if you don't know, that's the place where college recreation professionals post job offerings and seek advice on facilities, management and equipment issues - tackles some thorny questions. So when a post appeared Monday headed "Need opinions on a tough situation," I donned my thinking cap and girded myself for something…well, tough.