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  • 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.

  • 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.