Category Archives: June 2010

Parental Timeouts

When it comes to youth sports, we’ve somehow reached the point where accounts of parental misbehavior are no longer surprising. In fact, these stories of outbursts, fisticuffs and arrests have become so common around the country, and occur so frequently, that they no longer grab our full attention. Take this story for example: Y gives playoff boot to adults; Parents get game misconducts Copyright Worcester Telegram & Gazette Corp. Reprinted with permission. Parents of players in the Tri-Community YMCA youth … Continue reading

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Share The Revenue

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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Soar To New Heights

The county of Charleston, S.C., offers an array of activities to show off its beautiful coastline, but it is climbing to new heights with its latest program. In March, the Parks and Recreation Department hosted its first USA Climbing competition on the climbing wall in James Island County Park, where roughly 50 to 70 competitors from across the country faced off in technical and speed challenges. While USA Climbing gave the department wall guidelines to follow in the competition, Charleston … Continue reading

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Waves Of The Future

From Roman baths to modern water parks, from plunge pools of the early 20th century to the spray grounds of the early 21st, water has played a major role in civilization for well over 2,000 years. Here is a look at some future trends in the aquatic industry based on overall trends in American society: • Water-based exercise is recognized as one of the most beneficial ways for those with physical disabilities. It is used to treat arthritis, chronic pain, … Continue reading

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Reality Check

In the 1987 movie The Untouchables, Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness reaches a point where he realizes his pursuit of maintaining the “lawful” has been done without much respect for the law. As he tries to justify this to himself, he says, “I have foresworn myself. I have broken every law I have sworn to uphold, I have become what I beheld, and I am content that I have done right!” This rationalization comes after a long, fruitless pursuit of … Continue reading

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