Sports have come a long way since the ancient Greeks wrestled and raced their way to glory. We’ve seen the evolution of new disciplines among old, familiar sports (beach volleyball and synchronized swimming, for example) – and we’ve also seen the emergence of entirely new sports. From drone racing to esports to competitive marching band, we are constantly redefining sports and finding new ways to host them. In this, our awards issue, we see both new and familiar sports, and we honor all of them. It’s because of everyone that our industry is so strong, so vibrant and so varied.
This issue is a testimonial to all that goes on behind the scenes, long before spectators fill the stands and athletes take to the field. And while it all goes under the heading of due diligence, it is made even better by the fact that every single contributor to this issue is sharing ideas born out of their years of experience in the industry. The articles on venue negotiations, transportation, contingency planning and security all represent essential steps event owners must take into account before competitions go on. We invite you to read on, and to learn from their insights.
The adage is “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” But in sports, with new technologies in sports equipment and playing surfaces, and athletes who push and expand the limits, we see a continued evolution. This issue reviews both traditional sports (running and lacrosse) as well as those that continue to evolve (combat sports, quidditch and cheer). We also have excellent pieces from industry thought leaders with cutting-edge ideas on volunteer management, hotel negotiations, social media marketing and risk management. Get set to learn something new on every page.
This issue brings together sports we know and love – baseball, track & field and fishing – and yet still shows us we can learn something new. Our industry contributors have written about events for senior athletes, how to manage the athlete relationship, ways to build economic impact and exciting new opportunities awaiting those who want to further their education. We’ll also see how triathlon and junior golf are training future athletes for success. There’s even a feature on college towns and what they can offer. A new summer of sports is at hand. Let's get the learning started.
This issue is a testament to our readers’ knowledge. Many articles here, on topics such as choosing a photographer, planning for medical support and the benefits of hosting events at off-peak and off-season times, were written on a volunteer basis. They contain great insights and we hope you benefit from them. Also in this issue, you’ll find features on golf, soccer, swimming and diving, as well as sport climbing and disc golf. There’s also an excellent “who’s who” feature on our industry. We’re headed into spring and into a new season of sports. This issue provides a great head start. Enjoy!
The end of one year and the beginning of another is a time for looking back, taking stock and making resolutions to improve on what you’ve done. Sometimes, though, it's better to just look ahead. The new year brings us closer to the Olympics, the World Games and even the World Cup. This issue will help get you started on 2019 in the best possible way. Our articles will jump-start your knowledge of technology, site selection and even give you a better understanding of what it takes to put on an eSports event. There’s much to learn and much to look forward to in 2019. Kick off the year here and now.