- Dolphins Use Psychologist to Evaluate Draft Prospects
by Joe Schad April 2017
In an effort to improve their chances of drafting a successful player, Miami has asked a Harvard-educated performance psychologist to interview more than 50 college prospects at the scouting combine in Indianapolis and the team's headquarters in Davie.
- Bad Behavior, High Costs Contribute to Umpire Shortage
by Jamie Sotonoff April 2017
When Jeff Siegel was an 18-year-old baseball umpire in Morton Grove, a coach angry with a call he made started yelling at him. Then the coach grabbed Siegel by the arms and shoved him. Police were called to the ballfield, and the coach was arrested. The charges ultimately were dropped, and Siegel continued working as an umpire. "He had to go to court, and that was enough for me," Siegel said. "It made me stronger as an umpire."
- Fired HS Baseball Coach Claims Age Discrimination
by Kathianne Boniello and Laura Italiano March 2017
Rich Smith, 74, began as an assistant coach for the high-school team back in 1967 and was promoted to head coach six years later. He is so well regarded that more than 13,600 people have signed an online petition urging his reinstatement, with many of them saying he fell victim to kids miffed over sitting out games.
- College Coaches From All Sports Hitting Paydirt
by Will Hobson March 2017
In a phenomenon playing out across the country, salaries are soaring for coaches of lower-profile college sports largely subsidized by lucrative football and men's basketball, whose annual national tournament opened Tuesday.
- Hiring Freeze Forces Military Fitness Center Closures
by Courtney Cameron March 2017
On Saturday, Fort Bragg temporarily closed the doors of the Blackjack, Funk and Hosking physical fitness centers (PFCs). The closings are a result of the federal hiring freeze that went into effect in January, shortly after the change in administration.
- California Schools Short of Full-Time Athletic Trainers
by Jason Scott February 2017
High school athletic trainers are an important part of the student-athlete experience, providing services that enhance athlete safety that include preventive and emergency care. But in California, 80 percent of high schools don’t employ an athletic trainer full-time, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune.
- Rec Dept. Hires 'Skateguards’ to Monitor Ice Rink
by Emily Attwood December 2016
The ice rink at Canton Recreational Pavilion in Watertown, N.Y., has gotten so popular that the recreation department has had to hire “skateguard” supervisors to keep order during open skate hours.
- Fitness Clubs Under Scrutiny for Payment Practices
by Courtney Cameron November 2016
The Minnesota-based Life Time Fitness health club, a subsidiary of the Healthy Way of Life Company, has agreed to pay $976,458 in back wages and liquidated damages after a federal investigation found club practices to be in violation of minimum wage requirements outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act. An announcement Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Labor said the amount will be paid out to 16,000 employees in 26 states.
- U. of Wisconsin Athletics Hires Director of Diversity and Inclusion
by Paul Steinbach November 2016
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- Five Steps to a Cleaner Health Club
by Rob Bishop October 2016
This article appeared in the September issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.