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What truly matters in youth sports? Hint: It's not the sport
The Huffington Post
We adults tend to think we have all the answers when it comes to youth sports. More free play. Forget the free play; enroll your kids in organized sports, quick. Specialize from an early age. Don't specialize; play a variety of sports year-round. We adults can pontificate all we want, but the thing that should matter most in youth sports isn't the sport, it's the youth.
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NASC study pushes West Virginia city to improve sporting facilities
WVMetroNews
West Virginia's Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau funded a sports facility study prepared by the National Association of Sports Commissions. The Kanawha County Commission and the Central Convention and Visitors Bureau also helped fund the analysis. Don Schumacher, NASC Executive Director, analyzed all of the competition quality sporting facilities in West Virginia counties and presented his findings at a meeting held at the Charleston Civic Center recently.
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The March 2015 issue of the NASC Playbook is now available. Among the highlights in this issue are features on Industry Trends: What to Watch in 2015, record aAttendance expected for the 23rd annual NASC Sports Event Symposium and NASC's announcement of te dates for the 2015 Fall Meetings.
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Don't forget to register for our 2015 March Event Webinar sponsored by MGM Resorts International next week, Tuesday, March 31 at 2 p.m. ET. Join Jordan Dillon, Director of Junior Olympic Events & Special Projects, USA Gymnastics, as she discusses what it takes to land a USA Gymnastics event. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. If you are unable to join us on the 31st, remember you can download the webinar recording from the webinar archives page on www.sportscommissions.org.
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Symposium attendees may now purchase tickets for Milwaukee Brewers vs. St. Louis Cardinals
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Cheating, TV fame and high stakes: The cutthroat world of US youth sports
Aljazeera America
The issue of public schools' using ineligible players is routine in high school athletics and youth leagues. Governing bodies set boundaries to keep the playing field level, so to speak. If a superb athlete who lives across town can drive to a high school just to help make that school win more games, fairness is called into question.
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7 must-see stadium tours across Major League Baseball
By Dave G. Houser
If there's anything more American than apple pie, it surely must be baseball. Since the game's first ball was tossed out back in 1846 in Hoboken, New Jersey, the sport has flourished to become the "Great American Pastime." An astonishing 74 million fans are expected to pass through the turnstiles of Major League Baseball's 30 parks this season, which begins April 5. Hand in hand with baseball's meteoric rise in popularity has been the corresponding development and expansion of stadiums across the country.
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Free webinar: Ultimate Sports Federations 2015, Part 1
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Which sports federations are the best in the world at marketing? Which are the best at: Encouraging growth in their sport? Communications? Branding? An expert panel will tackle these questions and more in an interactive webinar from 10-11 a.m. March 31, to coincide with the inaugural SportBusiness Ultimate Sports Federations rankings, and in partnership with the SportAccord Convention World Sport & Business Summit.
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The end of taxpayer-subsidized sports stadiums?
Tribune Content Agency via Green Bay Press-Gazette
If President Barack Obama has his way, the nation's taxpayers would not help finance a new arena proposed for the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team or a new stadium being discussed in St. Louis for the NFL Rams, or in Oakland for a new complex aimed at keeping the area's professional football, baseball and basketball franchises from leaving town. An obscure item in the president's new budget would put an end to the long-standing practice of states and cities using tax-exempt bonds to finance professional sports arenas, a practice that costs the U.S. Treasury $146 million, according to a 2012 Bloomberg analysis.
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Sports security: Ensuring safety at sports venues a continuing challenge
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Security manufacturers are currently working with clients to make sports arenas of all kinds a safer place for supporters, players, administrators, staff and media. In the United States, the National Football League is equipping security officers with smart readers that allow them to rapidly gather information about fans (including taking a photograph) while they are ejecting them.
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Playing time is built into the price of this sports league
The Washington Post
Tony Korson was an aspiring teenage baseball player at Walt Whitman High School in the late 1990s, searching for the coach who could turn him into the next Derek Jeter. He couldn't find him. So the teenager hired his own coach, eventually becoming a star at Whitman and earning a scholarship to Florida Gulf Coast University, a prestigious baseball factory. Now 32, Korson has taken his baseball experience and turned it into a sprawling group of suburban sports leagues called Koa Sports, which grossed $1.5 million last year.
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New report provides real answers in era of health advice overload
By Natalie Rodriguez
The recent release of the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has American health nuts jumping for joy. This 571-page report of medical and scientific research promotes a "culture of health," in which a healthy lifestyle is "easy, accessible, affordable and normative." This may finally be the answer to our collective cry for sound health advice. The truth is Americans in the digital age are generally confused about their health. New studies emerge every minute, it seems, on the greatest options for the healthiest lifestyle.
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National panel issues final recommendation for Astrodome
KTRK-TV
VideoBrief Houston's Astrodome should stay. That's according to a nationwide panel that issued its final recommended for the 50-year-old structure. The Urban Land Institute recommends converting the Astrodome into an indoor multi-use park similar to what was proposed by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and several local groups last year.
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5 sports venues perfect for Timeless Tickets
Sports CheatSheet
Although the original idea was announced back in October, recently the Milwaukee Brewers officially made their Timeless Tickets available online for purchase. Here's a look at 5 venues that would be perfect for a "Timeless Ticket."
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NFL's new concussion rule continues focus on player health
By Denise A. Valenti
The National Football League has adopted a new policy that is intended to further protect players from the consequences of continued play when suffering a head injury. The new rule further expands the role of the independent athletic trainer for concussions that was established by the NFL in 2011. The 2011 policy provided for a certified athletic trainer at each game to monitor both teams. However, the trainer had no authority to remove a player from play. The 2015 policy changes this.
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Raise the rim: Would boosting the basket increase fundamentals?
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Basketball rims have always been 10-feet high since James Naismith posted 13 rules for a game he called "Basket Ball" in a Springfield, Mass., YMCA gym in 1891. The average height for men during that time, however, was 5-foot-6. Now, your average NBA player is 6-foot-7. But, over that same time period, the game has also evolved and the game above the rim is arguably the most exciting aspect. Outside of the natural talents of the players nowadays, the biggest benefit would be returning to a more fundamentally sound game.
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Fate of Wrigley Field rooftop businesses in judge's hands
Chicago Sun-Times
A new right-field video board might just help breathe new life into the Chicago Cubs' World Series hopes, the team claims. But if the board does go up, an attorney for a pair of rooftop owners told a federal judge, "we're dead." Tom Lombardo, who represents the owners of Skybox on Sheffield and Lakeview Baseball Club, told U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall bluntly what would happen to his clients if the video board goes up and blocks their views of Wrigley Field.
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Arizona State baseball games now offer beer to fans
The State Press
Don't worry, Arizona State baseball fans can still get their Cracker Jacks fix at games, but the move to Phoenix Municipal Stadium has added a new offering at concession stands: beer. Baseball has become the first NCAA sport at ASU to sell alcohol at games. Beer is also sold at hockey games at the off-campus Oceanside Arena, but it is unknown if it will be sold when the team is elevated to NCAA Division I status.
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Parents driving coaches away from game
The News Leader
Rob Bennett has one less job these days. The Covington High School science teacher, who is also the Virginia city's mayor, resigned as the school's boys' basketball coach in late January. Enough was enough. After taking some time off to get his master's degree, he returned to the bench four years ago. In the time away from the game something changed. That support he received from parents in the past was gone.
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Michigan pilot program to offer sideline concussion tests
The Detroit News
The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday it will start a pilot program to install rapid, easy-to-administer concussion testing on the sidelines at football games starting this fall. Jack Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA, said the program will start with between 40 and 100 schools, with the long-term goal being for every team in every sport to eventually have access to the testing.
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Kids need to be the focus of youth soccer, not profit
Fox News Latino
Youth soccer — like other youth sports — needs to be careful and not lose direction at this vital moment in its growth. Some critics argue that it's not focused enough on the kids anymore. Instead, profits have become the primary goal for many in the game.
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