• Sports Parents Put Coaches, Programs in Tough Spot

    by Patrick Hite, Staunton News Leader April 2018

    Marcel Ciascai has been attacked on Facebook for his coaching. He's had parents go to the high school administration and school board about him. He's gotten text messages from parents complaining about things he's done as a coach. He's heard the complaints from the stands during games.

  • Youth Baseball Gains Popularity

    by Gene Budig and Alan Heaps April 2018

    Parents are supporters of youth baseball, urging their young to play a sport that is virtually injury free. The same is not true with high school football, which is losing participants.

  • How the Role of Campus Rec Continues to Expand

    by Michael Popke April 2018

    In the days after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas last August, causing unprecedented flooding and evacuations, the Stephen F. Austin State University campus in Nacogdoches — about two hours north of hard-hit Houston — came alive with efforts to help displaced residents.

  • Ken Morton Talks NIRSA Strategic Plan, AB Partnership

    by Paul Steinbach April 2018

    Employed in church recreation as a high school and college student, then municipal rec upon graduation, Ken Morton didn't land his first job in collegiate recreation until 1993. Once he did, Morton knew he had arrived. "I fell in love with it," he says of his rec directorship at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. "I knew exactly right then that was going to be my home for the rest of my career." His base of operation has changed — California State University, Sacramento, for nine years and his current Stephen F. Austin State (back in his home state of Texas) since 2010 — but the sense of belonging hasn't budged. Morton can now add to his resume the title of NIRSA president, a one-year stint whose May 1 starting date coincides with the launch of a new partnership between NIRSA and Athletic Business. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Morton to share his thoughts on that relationship and the current state of campus rec.

  • Lawmakers Push for Playtime as Recess Makes Comeback

    by Valerie Richardson April 2018

    After a years of teetering on the brink, recess is making a comeback in public schools as state lawmakers move to reinstate playground time lost in the push for higher test scores.

  • Tucson's Largest Youth Soccer Clubs Ready to Merge

    by Arizona Daily Star April 2018

    Sometime this week, the merger of Tucson's two largest soccer clubs — Tucson Soccer Academy and Tanque Verde Soccer Club — should be announced.

  • Three Public Recreation Projects You Might Not Have Considered

    by Stephen Springs April 2018

    As new public recreation facilities in communities from coast to coast continue to open their doors, leaders in some locales might want to consider something a little different for their constituents. 

  • Bill Allows Youth Sports to Use Ballfields Free of Charge

    by Candice Ferrette March 2018

    Nassau County lawmakers on Monday unanimously passed a bill allowing nonprofit Little Leagues, senior athletic groups and other charitable organizations to continue using county ballfields without charge.

  • NBA, USA Basketball Offer Guidelines for Youth

    by Brian Mahoney March 2018

    The NBA and USA Basketball are dipping their toe into youth sports, recommending guidelines they hope will help with development and enhanced experiences at a young age.

  • Curling Catches On at Ice Arena

    by Chad Sokol March 2018

    For many Americans, curling is a spectacle to be enjoyed every four years, while watching the Winter Olympics on television. And in the Inland Northwest, there aren't many places to try playing the sport. On Sunday and Monday evening, however, some 200 people gathered at the Frontier Ice Arena in Coeur d'Alene for massive group curling lessons led by members of the Coeur d'Alene Curling Club. They were children, teens and adults - mostly beginners unacquainted with the rules of the game and the tricky kneeling-sliding motion involved. Ryan Montang, an amateur curler who teaches social studies at University High School, spent two hours coaching about a dozen of those people as they took turns launching themselves from the starting block, known as a "hack," and sliding as far as they could with a polished granite stone.