- 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?
- ABC: 'Let's Talk Sports' Aims to Reach Youngest Athletes
by Emily Attwood November 2012
Youth sports aren't what they were 30 years ago, when kids organized their own games and played wherever space allowed. Today, youth sports is highly organized and structured, and children often are under immense pressure to perform their best. Those who don't spend their time on the benches, where they're missing out not just on the opportunity to hone their physical skills, but the essential life skills that naturally develop. On Thursday at the Athletic Business Conference, after a session on how to set up successful relationships and field management arrangements with the volunteer sports organizations overseeing a greater percentage of youth sports, the National Alliance for Youth Sports unveiled its newest online program, Let's Talk Sports.