Category Archives: May 2010


Aquatic Risk Course Available Online Colorado Springs, Colo.—A new online, interactive course, Aquatic Risk Management (ARM), will go live on the NSPF online training Web site ( The course is designed to help managers and operators protect customers and staff and to reduce risk and liability. It takes about two hours, costs $50 per student and includes a copy of the ARM Handbook as a reference. Students can register for the Aquatic Risk Management online training module at, or … Continue reading

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A Ripple Effect

The e-mail hit my Inbox like many others … “I’ve changed my e-mail address. Going forward, please use this new address.” I know this is nothing unique. We’ve all received messages like this–probably dozens of times. Thinking nothing of it, I noted the new address and moved on. An hour or so later, I checked e-mail again and found the same message from the same person (my wife), three more times. Mindlessly, I deleted the repetitive messages and moved on. … Continue reading

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Dissecting Drafts

Millions of children will soon be stepping onto baseball and softball fields around the country for another summer of fun-filled games and practices. For some, though, the journey will be derailed before it ever has a chance to begin. The reason? The dreaded Draft Day tryout. You know what I’m talking about. There are many different versions around the country, but the scenarios are similar: The kids are brought together to perform various skills, while coaches armed with clipboards make … Continue reading

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The “Entitled Few”

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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Training A Coach

When you think of youth sports, what comes to mind–the kids in your programs or maybe your daughter or son playing a sport of choice? Do you ever think about children with Down syndrome, autism or other disabilities? Why not? Statistics show one in 91 children are diagnosed with autism. Children with disabilities are no longer sitting on the sidelines, watching their siblings participate; they are becoming active members of programs and communities. As a member of a youth-sports organization … Continue reading

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