Blog: Looking Deeper Into Our Cancellations
by Rob Bishop and Barry Klein October 2012
There is nothing that ruins our collective mood quicker than a flood of cancellation requests. And man, have we been in a bad mood lately.
Parks and Recreation Departments Benefit from Sports Tourism
by Emily Attwood September 2012
In 2005, parks and recreation operations manager Joel Dunn approached the Carson City, Nev., convention and visitors bureau with a proposal to boost sports tourism in the city.
Blog: An Event That Really Colors Outside the Lines
by Mary Helen Sprecher July 2012
I'm pretty used to seeing photos pop up on my Facebook page, shared by friends who have participated in everything from racquetball tournaments to obstacle races. The most interesting album of late was posted by a friend who had been involved in something called the Color Run.
Increasing Participation in Recreation Programs
by Emily Attwood June 2012
The last few years have been a mixed bag for the recreation industry. The recession brought with it budget cuts that forced many recreation departments to get creative.
Communities Find Solutions to Sports Field Shortages
by Emily Attwood April 2012
A dedicated push by communities across the country to get youths off the couch and out playing appears to be paying off.
Blog: Obstacles to Serving Obstacle Racers
by Mary Helen Sprecher April 2012
Like skinny jeans and Ugg boots, fitness goes through trends. And just as with skinny jeans and Ugg boots, those trends aren't for everyone. Discerning individuals recognize that. Those who aren't discerning become fashion victims, or in this case, fitness victims.
Sprint Football is Witnessing a Growth Spurt
by Paul Steinbach March 2012
Bruce Kirsh has been associated with Franklin Pierce University for more than four decades as a student-athlete, coach and administrator.
Recreation Departments Restructure to Maximize Efficiency
by Emily Attwood February 2012
Cities and recreation departments have been slashing services and staff, struggling to operate within their budgets without sacrificing programs.
2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Kaiserslautern Military Community Youth Sports and Fitness Program (Germany)
by NAYS Staff November 2011
For the youth sports staff at Germany's Kaiserslautern Military Community Youth Sports and Fitness Program, winning the 2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award is the result of perseverance. "We have been trying for five years to win this prestigious award, and we finally did it," says Allen Fleming, youth sports director at KMC. In 2010, the program received Honorable Mention recognition for the award that is presented annually by the National Alliance for Youth Sports and Athletic Business. It recognizes five youth sports programs across the country that are doing superior jobs of conducting diverse activities with a focus on providing safe and positive experiences for all participants, including children, parents and coaches.
2011 Excellence in Youth Sports Award Winner: Town of Westport (Conn.) Parks and Recreation Department
by NAYS Staff November 2011
For the Town of Westport (Conn.) Parks and Recreation Department, winning the Excellence in Youth Sports Award not only recognizes the work of its staff, but also the longstanding relationships with several community youth sports providers that are crucial to offering quality youth sports to local children. "While the department has led the effort to make youth sports a safe and positive experience in Westport, it could not have been accomplished without the cooperation of the providers themselves," says Karen Puskas, program manager at the Town of Westport Parks and Recreation Department.