Category Archives: August 2010


Solutions For Score-Keeping Hello Fred, I just read your article, “Sizing Up Scoring,” and found it very interesting (PRB April 2010). I go back and forth with parents about whether or not I should keep score or not in my 3rd/4th-grade leagues. We’ve come up with the following plan: during the regular season for soccer, basketball and baseball, we don’t keep score. Our parents/coaches also do all the officiating during this time. Of course the kids try to keep score, … Continue reading

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Crossing The Recreation Path On Reality TV

Whether we admit it or not, most of us have watched a reality-TV show. A few years ago, I received a call from the producer of the FOX reality show, “Trading Spouses.” The premise of the show is to have the moms from two different families switch places. After sheepishly admitting I had never seen the show, I nonetheless agreed to turn in the paperwork. Before we knew it, my husband Allan and I, along with our 15-year-old daughter Sondra, … Continue reading

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Take A Stand

Many months ago, I received an e-mail from Sandra, the mother of a 9-year-old baseball player. During a game, her son suffered a facial injury while at bat. That minor injury has evolved into a nearly two-year journey of frustration. After the injury, Sandra was concerned about not only the safety of her child but also that of the other players in the local program, so she did some research. She found that the American Academy of Pediatrics and the … Continue reading

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The History And Tradition Of Recreation

Editor’s Note: This column, “LBWA” (Leadership By Wandering Around), is based on the premise that, in order to find out what’s going on in the field, a parks and rec leader has to leave his or her desk and “wander around” the area of operations, talk to people, ask questions, and kick around ideas with the individuals in the thick of delivering services to the public. So the author will bring up issues and ask the leaders among the readership … Continue reading

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Responding Vs. Reacting

In January 2008, Infection Control Today published the results of an online survey asking facility managers and members of the professional cleaning industry their thoughts on a common culprit–restroom odors. What was most notable, according to the report, was how strongly some respondents felt about this issue. For instance, when asked if an odor present in a public restroom made respondents feel more concerned about germs, bacteria and other health-threatening pathogens, nearly 85 percent said yes. They have a right … Continue reading

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