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Scholarship costs don't aways add up for hopeful parents
NBC News
Don Schumacher, executive director of the National Association of Sports Commissions, says that parents who expect youth sports involvement to generate a positive financial return in the form of scholarships are off the mark. "You could spend $5,000 to $10,000 a year for three or four years chasing all these tournaments all year long, where if you saved that money and paid the tuition, you'd be ahead," he said.
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How safe is the artificial turf your child plays on?
Today
Artificial turf fields are now everywhere in the United States, from high schools to multi-million-dollar athletic complexes. As any parent or player who has been on them can testify, the tiny black rubber crumbs of which the fields are made — chunks of old tires — get everywhere. In players’ uniforms, in their hair, in their cleats.
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Commission: youth baseball league discriminated against 13-year-old boy
The Standard-Times
The city of New Bedford, Massachusetts' Human Relations Commission has found that a youth baseball group and its former president discriminated against a 13-year-boy because of past problems with the child's father. The boy, Nemesio Ferrer, was not allowed to play baseball this year in the South End Youth Athletic Association, which uses Clegg Field, a city field.
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How far is too far for kids to run?
MSN
As the rate of childhood obesity continues to rise and the general aerobic fitness of children and adolescents continues to fall, another trend has emerged: Many of the children that still play sports often do so in excess.
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Velodrome cover will provide year-round training for athletes in Colorado
USA Cycling
USA Cycling and the United States Olympic Committee have teamed up to give track cyclists year-round, on-the-track training opportunities in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with the addition of a seasonal dome on the open-air 7-Eleven Velodrome located in Memorial Park. The dome will be put in place for the first time in early 2015.
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Dates announced for 2015 Pennsylvania State 8-Ball Championship
Erie Sports Commission via WJET-TV
The Erie Sports Commission is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania State 8-Ball Pool Tournament will mark its 33rd year in Erie with a return to the Bayfront Convention Center March 13-15, 2015. The 2015 tournament expects to attract 2,500 players and will once again feature 180 tables.
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Ole Miss fans pay off fines, damages
ESPN
Ole Miss fans were so thrilled to beat Alabama that they're paying for the damage they did and the fine imposed by the SEC. Through a crowdfunding platform, Ole Miss athletic director Ross Bjork asked fans to help pay for the two goalposts torn down (each cost $11,000), the fine from the conference (a maximum $50,000 for rushing the field; it was the third time fans have done so in as many years) and $3,000 in stadium repairs.
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Mobile recreation center to serve children in areas without access
The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
Atlanta city officials are planning to unveil a mobile recreation center that will offer playtime to children living in areas without recreation centers. City officials and representatives from the Coca-Cola Company are planning to launch the ATL Parks and Rec Play Mobile in southeast Atlanta.
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Strider announces daily bike giveaway with Strider Gives Back campaign
Strider Bikes via Pitchengine
Strider Sports is excited to announce a holiday campaign kicking off today: the STRIDER GIVES BACK Promotion. Between Oct. 13-Dec. 12, the company has committed to giving away seven balance bikes per day — every day!
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Scholarship costs don't aways add up for hopeful parents
NBC News
Don Schumacher, executive director of the National Association of Sports Commissions, says that parents who expect youth sports involvement to generate a positive financial return in the form of scholarships are off the mark. "You could spend $5,000 to $10,000 a year for three or four years chasing all these tournaments all year long, where if you saved that money and paid the tuition, you'd be ahead," he said.

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More than 200 sports tourism professionals in attendance at NASC Market Segment Meetings and CSEE Fall Module
NASC
More than 200 NASC members gathered in Chicago for the NASC semi-annual meeting from Sept. 22-23, 2014. Hosted in conjunction with the USOC's Olympic SportsLink conference, programming for the semi-annual meeting included CSEE Fall 2014 Module, NASC Market Segment Meetings and NASC Board of Directors meeting.

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Girls' tournaments will bring bucks, Myrtle Beach, S.C., officials hope
The Sun News
As Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, officials continue booking events for the city's new $13.8 million sports complex, they're targeting girls tournaments, which they insist pack the strongest financial punch. The 100,000-square-foot indoor sports complex is expected to be finished by March.

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Survey: Parents deeply concerned about injuries in youth sports
Time
Youth sports are becoming increasingly competitive, and most parents believe children are suffering. According to a new national poll released by the espnW: Women + Sports Summit this weekend, two-thirds of parents think there is "too much emphasis on winning over having fun," and 87 percent of parents said they were worried about the risk of injury in sports.
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Videos aim to get kids interested in playing sports
The Roanoke Times
Virginia's Botetourt County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism recently released two videos designed to get children interested in playing youth sports. "Our goal is that these recruitment videos serve as another tool that will help us get kids active at an early age," said Pete Peters, Director of Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
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Montana students get schooled in golf
Great Falls Tribune
Through several swings — and some misses — there were still smiles on the faces of Meadow Lark Elementary students taking golf lessons on a recent morning in Great Falls, Montana. P.E. teacher Meghen Grady brought Anaconda Hills and Eagle Falls golf course pro Connie Caouette to school to teach the kids the fundamentals of what can hopefully be a lifelong sport.
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Study: Coaches don't always protect young pitchers' arms
American Academy of Pediatrics via HealthDay News
Counting pitches reduces young pitchers' risk of arm damage, but many coaches don't use this method consistently, according to a new study. Researchers surveyed 61 youth baseball coaches in Cincinnati and northeast Ohio, and found that all of them were familiar with pitch counts and limited the number of pitches thrown by players in some way. However, the survey revealed that 44 percent of the coaches do not use pitch counts all the time.
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