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Jul. 2, 2015

Benefits of sports to a child's mind, heart all part of the game
Parents know that the physical exercise their kids are getting through sports is good for their health. But that's not their only motivation for encouraging the children to participate in organized athletics. More

NASC Playbook June 2015
The NASC Playbook June 2015 issues includes the announcement of the 2015 Member Award Winners, record turnout at the 2015 NASC Symposium and elections of the 2015-16 NASC Board of Directors, among other items.More

Here's how to reach the massive eSports audience
Brands and sponsors have much to gain from entering the booming eSports business — but only if they take the right approach. With Newzoo forecasting over 335 million global eSports fans and revenues of more than $1 billion by 2017, it's a huge audience to tap into. More

Can Shreveport regain footing as sports town?
The Times
Affiliated baseball, affiliated hockey, indoor football, outdoor football, a professional golf tournament that featured future PGA Tour stars — not that long ago, Shreveport, Louisiana was a sports town. Those teams, those events – they are all gone. What's left is the Independence Bowl, college football's 11th-oldest postseason affair, but one that continually fights to remain alive and relevant, and a professional basketball team that struggles to draw a couple of hundred folks despite a 92-game winning streak and back-to-back championships.More

Helicopter parenting, celebrity style
We may find out this week whether Sean "Diddy" Combs will be charged by the district attorney after his dustup last week with the UCLA football strength and conditioning coach. In an incident that someone said was "helicopter parenting by a parent who actually owns a helicopter," Diddy got into a fight with Bruins coach Sal Alosi after the coach screamed at Diddy's son, Justin, on the practice field.More

Youth baseball league combats violence with Officer Friendly coaches
Chicago Sun-Times
Opening day was recently for the unique baseball league that launched in May in the South Side Englewood, Illinois neighborhood — where the game is about more than baseball. In this league, about 100 boys and girls, ages 9 to 12, are looking to stay safe this summer from the violence that plagues their community. Looking to help them are dozens of current and retired Chicago Police officers — their team coaches.More

100-year-old competes in Michigan's Meijer State Games
When Fred Winter of Holland tried to sign up for the Meijer State Games of Michigan, he ran into a little road block: The age brackets on the registration form ended at 99, and that number was not high enough. Winter is 100 years old. After he realized the registration form didn't include an option for his age, he contacted the organizers at the West Michigan Sports Commission and asked for help. More

Is sportsmanship a lost cause these days?
By Bob Kowalski
When it comes to sports, figuring out the winners and losers used to be as easy as looking at the scoreboard. But with recent occurrences like the New England Patriots' "Deflategate" controversy and Major League Baseball's and the FBI's investigation into the St. Louis Cardinals' hacking of a Houston Astros database, some plays in sports have gone out of bounds. Is sportsmanship a lost cause, or can coaches play a role in developing that quality in athletes?More

NASC Career Center
Director of Sports Complex Operations, Roseville, California
The Placer Valley Sports Complex, Inc. has a Director of Sports Complex Operations position open, reporting to the CEO. Director will assist with the design of complex's facility and budget.
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Director of Sports, Visit Sarasota County
This position is responsible for managing all duties of sports tourism strategy as set out in the Visit Sarasota County goals and strategies as well as liaison with the Sarasota County Sports Commission, an advisory body of the VSC Board of Directors.
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Time is right to make major impact on prevention of youth sports injuries
Under the direction and leadership of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the STOP Sports Injuries program was developed during the past 4 to 5 years as a comprehensive public outreach program. The program focuses on the importance of sports safety, specifically as it relates to overuse and trauma injuries in youth sports, for some 29 different sports.More

Florida partnership developing sports village, school
Panama City Herald
A first-of-its kind partnership announced recently marks the public debut of a process designed to bring a sports complex and year-round visitors along with a new K-8 public school on 210 acres of land donated by the St. Joe County on the east end of Panama City Beach, Florida. Under the agreement, the St. Joe Co. will donate 210 acres of land, which would be used not only for a new sports "village" but a new kindergarten through eighth grade school. More

Lacrosse tournaments bring in people from near and far
Democrat & Chronicle
One reason the players, about 1,500 boys 14 to 17 years old, are at the Sweetlax Summer Invitational in Rochester, New York is because college coaches may be next to their parents, sitting in chairs or standing on the sidelines, scribbling notes during games. This is the time of year that coaches from lacrosse teams like Syracuse University, Maryland, Cornell, Hobart and local Division III schools move from tournaments to talent showcases on a weekly basis in search of talent for teams that will form two to four years into the future.More

Omaha's work as Olympic Trials host in 2008, 2012 helps bring event back
Omaha World-Herald
When Omaha was selected in 2005 to host the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, more than a few folks scratched their heads. As the CenturyLink Center prepares to host the '16 Trials, those doubts are no longer being held by swimmers, coaches or fans.More

Nation's top AAU basketball players descend on Louisville for national championships, showcases
The Courier-Journal via USA Today
Some of the nation's top 10th- and 11th-grade basketball players will converge on the Kentucky Expo Center July 22-27 for the AAU Boys' Basketball National Championships and Super Showcases. Approximately 500 teams, over 5,000 players — accompanied by close to AAU 1,000 coaches — will compete on 28 courts over the six days of the event.More

Ultimate Frisbee glides into Pennsylvania
Erie Sports Commission via WJET-TV
The Erie Sports Commission announced that the 15th Annual "Don't Give Up the Disc" Beach Ultimate Tournament will be held July 11-12 at Beach 11 of Presque Isle State Park. Don't Give Up the Disc is a fun and competitive ultimate Frisbee tournament played in the sand, hosted by the Erie Ultimate League. More

Experts: Endurance athletes should drink only when thirsty
HealthDay News
Endurance athletes or those who are very physically active should drink plenty of water — but only when they feel thirsty, new expert recommendations say. Athletes should listen to their body and drink water as needed to prevent a potentially deadly condition called exercise-associated hyponatremia or "water intoxication." The new guidelines were developed at the International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference in Carlsbad, California and published in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine.More

School coaches often ill-equipped to spot, manage concussions
HealthDay News
U.S. middle school and high school coaches may not be sufficiently trained and equipped to quickly recognize concussions in student athletes, two new studies suggest. Without solid concussion training, coaches may mishandle a student's head injury, experts said.More