Category Archives: October 2010

Sore Losers

I don’t know what happened, but it seems like too many people are taking sportsmanship too far. Take the case of the Gloucester Dragons Recreational Soccer program in Ottawa, Canada. The group created a ridiculous rule that any team winning a game by more than five goals will actually lose by default. That’s right–the winner will lose the game. How crazy is that? The rule was put in place in an effort to foster sportsmanship in the 3,000-player league, but … Continue reading

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All Smiles

Many people don’t like to have their picture taken, especially when it comes to photo ID badges. But the parks and recreation staff members in St. Lucie County, Fla., found an exception to that rule when it began requiring photo ID badges for the Lawnwood Skate Park. “The younger skaters (under age 10) think ID cards are rad,” says Debra Brisson, St. Lucie County Parks and Recreation director. “Usually it’s the first photo ID that they have ever gotten, kind … Continue reading

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Climbing Beyond Recreational Use

Over the past 10 years at Central Michigan University, the 10,000-square-foot Adventure Center in the Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services Administration Department has seen a popularity boom and healthy revenue stream, particularly related to the rock-climbing gym. However, the center also has experienced the ever-so-common “yo-yo” effect as the public’s interest in paying to climb the wall shifts. A handful of “regulars” keeps the doors open, but how to keep people coming back? The answer to this question was addressed, … Continue reading

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Rattle The Chains

“Looks like he’s going with a driver on this one … “It’s a beautiful drive … Wait … (crashing chains) It’s in … A hole in one!” This is disc golf, a sport taking the nation by storm, bringing flying discs and the sound of ringing chains to a park near you. Haven’t you heard the chains? Then now is the time to consider bringing this activity into your community. From college campuses to local parks, there are more than … Continue reading

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A Relish For Senior Programming

A year ago in Peoria, Ariz., Mike Pagliarulo and a few senior citizens obtained permission from their homeowners’ association to add chalk lines and portable nets to a full-sized basketball court to make three pickleball courts. After six weeks, the group included more than 20 regular players; they asked further permission to replace the fading chalk lines with semi-permanent paint. After nine months and another upgrade, 97 enthusiastic players were using the courts If you have underutilized tennis courts–or basketball … Continue reading

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