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New soccer complex feeds Texas city that's crazy for sports
The Dallas Morning News
The playing field just got a little bigger in Frisco with the addition of another sports venue. Performance Indoor Training®, a.k.a. the PIT+, was started by soccer parents for players of all ages. Not only does it add more fields to an already tight market, but it also fits with the Dallas suburb's other sports offerings to attract visitors and promises a new level of play for the growing number of athletes.
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Communication is the key
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It may be summertime where you are, but in sports you know you're always planning a season (or more) ahead. I was reminded of that this week, when a local high school sent out a letter to parents and boosters regarding this year's football season. Some of the points in the letter are applicable not just for football, but for all youth sports.
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Mayor wants more sports tourism in Texas city
Longview News-Journal
Sports tourism isn't just about fun and games to Longview, Texas Mayor Andy Mack. It's also about potential revenue, and Mack doesn't want the city to leave money on the table.
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Kentucky sports complex a clear winner
The News Journal
In 2010, a small Kentucky town 40 miles south of Louisville took the plunge and broke ground on a 158-acre youth sports complex, hoping the project would promote tourism and spark economic development. Three years ago, it opened with a total of 25 fully lit playing fields — half for baseball, half for multiple sports. The sports tourists, and their dollars, have been steadily rolling in ever since.
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Chicago suburb to ban drones at special events
Daily Herald
Driven by concerns about public safety, Schaumburg, Illinois trustees are poised to enact a ban on the use of drones within 100 feet of public property during special events. The proposed ordinance in Schaumburg defines public property as that owned by any government body — including park, school and library districts.
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Des Moines awarded Olympic Day with USA Rugby National Championships
rugbyDSM Festival via Sports Planning Guide
The United State Olympic Committee has declared Aug. 8 Olympic Day in Des Moines, Iowa. To the event previously celebrated on June 23, the USOC granted this special recognition in conjunction with the first day of the 2015 USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championships. The championships will be held on Aug 8-9 at James W. Cownie Soccer Complex.
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Family fitness: Teaching kids a healthy lifestyle begins at home
By Bob Kowalski
Numerous efforts have been made to improve children's health and fitness in recent years. First lady Michelle Obama has made strides in her efforts to upgrade school lunch menus and improve children's physical activity through the Let's Move! initiative. Many school districts are expanding physical education time, and some schools have even incorporated elements such as stand-up desks and school gardens. It turns out the best education regarding fitness might be found at home.
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Study: Banning headers only part of stopping concussions
The Associated Press via USA Today
A group of scientists checked a decade's worth of data about what causes concussions in high school soccer. Their conclusion: While a ban on heading would help decrease head injuries, what the game really needs is better enforcement of rules restricting all sorts of player-to-player contact.
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More than 3,000 soccer players invade Indiana park
WXIN-TV
A national soccer tournament wraps up at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, and another tournament is scheduled for the next weekend. More than 3,000 players representing 28 U.S. states were in Central Indiana for the National Premier League Finals. Next weekend is the National Cup XIV Finals and more than 120 teams will descend on the area. "It is the largest sports park in the country, if not the free world, and people come here and usually their reaction is about the same, saying wow, we had no idea what this was," said Westfield Mayor Andy Cook.
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Youth sports to pump $400K into south Dayton, Ohio region
Dayton Business Journal
Warren County, Ohio is expected to get a more than $400,000 economic boost this weekend as it hosts the 2015 Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series. The event will feature more than 27 teams of players ages 10 and under from five different states, according to Warren County Sports, a department of the Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
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Virtual reality is poised to transform destination marketing
By Shawn Smajstrla
Though its roots extend back at least four decades, virtual reality is just now beginning to show the promise of the 1960s visionaries who recognized its possibilities. Applications of virtual reality now abound, with perhaps the most obvious being gaming and flight simulation. With any technological advance, you can bet plenty of people are aiming to maximize its potential as a means of marketing, and maybe no industry is better poised to latch onto VR than travel.
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Will Team USA's win help level the playing field for women?
PBS
The U.S. women's soccer team achieved a record-breaking victory against reigning champion Japan in the final game of the 2015 World Cup. Deborah Slaner Larkin of the Women's Sports Foundation and Cheryl Cooky of Purdue University discuss the win and whether it will help to promote equality for women in sports.
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Dugout blamed for injury that cost school $1 million
Athletic Management
The location and design of a dugout were major factors considered by a jury that awarded a former Iowa high school baseball player $1 million after he suffered a severe head injury when he was struck in the head by a line drive during a game four years ago.
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NCAA lifts ban on holding championships in South Carolina
The State
The recent bill signaling the end of the Confederate flag's stay on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds has prompted the NCAA to lift its boycott on predetermined championship sites in the state. Cities in South Carolina are now eligible to host NCAA basketball tournaments, conference baseball tournaments and even bowl games.
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Research suggests parents should look harder at children's activity
The New York Times
Are our children really leading the healthy lives we think they are? In recent weeks, research studies have shown that our preschoolers aren’t very active in preschool, and that young dancers do little actual dancing during their dance classes. Other studies show a similar lack of activity during other activities: children playing organized sports are often “on the team but off the field” and teenagers are active for only an average of 16 minutes during their physical education classes.
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Why getting fresh air is a must
Post Bulletin
Sunlight and fresh air were once considered so important to physical health that in 1922 a mother patented cages that could be mounted in the windows of London apartment buildings, allowing toddlers to soak up sunshine and fresh air while hanging 10 stories above the ground. Today, getting outside is narrowly targeted as a form of recreation. In a return to the prescription of years past, fresh air increasingly is viewed as a practice to help prevent and treat illness and disease.
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Brain possibly the biggest beneficiary of exercise
Chicago Tribune via The Dallas Morning News
Exercise tones the legs, builds bigger biceps and strengthens the heart. But of all the body parts that benefit from a good workout, the brain may be the big winner. Physical fitness directly affects our mind and plays a crucial role in the way the brain develops and functions.
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