Category Archives: July 2011

Over The Lawn, Through The Wicket

“Be careful, sometimes I forget my sippy-cup on the grass,” a wee girl flatly stated to her new student. The elderly student, securing his cup’s lid, replied, “I’ve done that before.” The emboldened girl whispered conspiratorially, “Also, I get so excited playing, I forget to go to the bathroom.” The fellow chuckled, and in a gracious tone said, “Been known to do that, too.” The little girl continued, “I cry sometimes when I don’t win.” The fellow nodded, “That’d be … Continue reading

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Senior Participation

Among the biggest challenges in creating programming for residents ages 60 and older are first overcoming the “senior” stereotype, then identifying activities that appeal to their interests and abilities. Kent Park and Recreation in Connecticut coordinates a monthly senior-trip program, thanks in large part to a municipal transportation grant, which makes possible free transportation via the rural transit district bus. Travel is limited to the state’s 169 cities and towns, and the 16 passengers on the bus must be town … Continue reading

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Tennis For Kids 10 And Under

When kids sign up to play baseball, they don’t immediately take the mound at Yankee Stadium. They begin by hitting the ball off a tee, then from a coach, and then at a progression of distances, gradually increasing with age and skill. The same can be said for other sports, such as soccer and basketball. However, tennis has never had that luxury of time. Until recently, the official rules of tennis called for the game at any age to be … Continue reading

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Preventing Drowning Incidents

The aquatic industry will see a considerable improvement in available safety technology this year. More options are now available that are user-friendly, affordable and, most importantly, effective! However, even the best technology will not protect swimmers if they are not integrated into facilities. Adopting these technological solutions requires a degree of investment of resources. But it also requires the desire and the will to change. Neither requirement comes easily. Remember when seat belts were awkward and cumbersome? Wearing one meant … Continue reading

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Repair, Resurface, Or Rebuild

When tennis players begin to complain about court conditions, it’s time to give the courts a check-up. A walk-through can reveal problems such as cracks, weeds, puddles and stains. After some quick research on the Internet, you realize you have more questions than answers. Should you repair and resurface the courts? Reconstruct them? Try something new? Another issue to add to the confusion is that there’s a bottom line to worry about. Work on tennis courts varies widely in cost, … Continue reading

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