Category Archives: July 2007

Sample Youth Sports Facility Agreement

YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION FACILITY AGREEMENT between ____________________________________________________ (Association Name) and The City of Peachtree City, Recreation Department BACKGROUND: The City of Peachtree City is fortunate to have volunteers who execute youth sports programs on behalf of the City. In this unique partnership, the City provides manpower, budget and resources to construct and maintain quality sports fields and facilities. Youth sports associations provide volunteer personnel, and in some cases paid staff, to staff, organize, plan and administer outstanding youth sports programs. … Continue reading

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Working With Volunteer Groups

Perhaps one of the most challenging tasks that a recreation professional will face is working harmoniously with volunteer youth sports or special interest associations. It’s not an easy task, but there are some basic actions that can help make the process much smoother. First, there is no cookie-cutter solution that can be applied everywhere because everyone’s circumstances are unique. The best solution for a small city may not be right for a large county. Therefore, as with any management decision, … Continue reading

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High Energy + Calculated Risk = Action Sports

“High energy,” “risk,” “adrenalin rush”–all words pop culture uses to describe the burgeoning category of action sports. In fact, two of the fastest growing sports, skateboarding (showing an impressive 73 percent increase in participation) and wall climbing (57 percent increase), have encouraged municipalities to add these amenities to their facilities and programming rosters. In fact, if there’s any lingering hesitation in your community to add a skatepark or climbing wall, consider that these action sports are consistently stealing participants from … Continue reading

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Get the Education Edge

In the current economic environment, parks and recreation departments are challenged to keep their aquatic operations profitable and safe. You may not realize how important continuing education is to meeting this challenge. The ability of the aquatic professional to obtain additional education, both by traditional means and newer online venues, can ensure a stronger knowledge base, thus a more effective pool facility management team that can deliver a safer environment for all who use the facility. There are many options … Continue reading

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Properly Honored Memories

From the 1989 movie, Field of Dreams Elderly Dr. Archibald “Moonlight” Graham is asked what he would wish for if given the opportunity to live again. He says: “You know, we just don’t recognize the most significant moments of our lives while they’re happening. Back then I thought [when he played in the Major Leagues for only one day but never got up to bat], well, there’ll be other days. I didn’t realize that that was to be the only … Continue reading

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