Category Archives: July 2011

This-N-That

Parks & Rec Business welcomes the following members to our Insider program: City of Grandview Grandview, Mo. Isabella County Parks & Recreation Mt Pleasant, Mich. Streamwood Park District Streamwood, Ill. Key Pen Parks Lakebay, Wash. Westlake Parks and Recreation Westlake, Ohio Berwyn Park District Berwyn, Ill. City of Rocky River Rocky River, Ohio Shawnee Parks and Recreation Shawnee, Kan. What Is An Insider? An Insider is any qualified professional who’s taken the time to subscribe to Camp Business magazine. It’s … Continue reading

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Run A Clean Program

I am personally acquainted with Dr. Fred Engh, a contributor to PRB’s “Sports Spotlight” column. In the December 2010 issue, he wrote of the importance of training volunteer coaches and officials. He also encouraged the establishment of National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) chapters in public agencies. Do you realize how important that could be for you? If only I had a NAYS chapter in Dalton, Ga., in 1960, I likely could have avoided a rather difficult situation. A Short … Continue reading

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A Healthy Debate

When children run, jump, twist, and turn while playing sports, most don’t consider something could possibly go wrong. Horribly wrong. It’s alarming to note that approximately 100 sudden deaths occur every year among athletes, ranging from middle school to college; more than half of the athletes die from a hidden cardiovascular problem. That’s too many tragedies, too many funerals and too many innocent lives cut short. It’s time for everyone in the recreation profession to take a serious look at … Continue reading

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Generations of Fun

My son spent the first three days of this week at my parents’ house. They took him to baseball camp in the morning, picked him up in the afternoon — the perfect opportunity for my mom and dad to spend some time with their grandson. Despite the fact that this was the only way he could actually attend camp, I was conflicted. You see, my son just finished eighth grade and the “camp” was really a tryout for the ninth-grade … Continue reading

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Collective Thinking

Is it possible to have several smart individuals in a group, only to have them produce lousy ideas? The answer is yes! Can the collective intelligence of a group go beyond the abilities of individual group members? Again, the answer is yes. If a manager wants to contribute to a team’s performance, consider that teamwork does not come naturally. In the rush to create highly functioning teams, it is easy to assign a number of individuals with diverse talents, goals … Continue reading

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