March 25, 2015 | Sports Destination Management
Issue #7: March 25, 2015

March Madness Airline Congestion Means No Air Around Team Travel

Forget Cinderellas, seeding and snubs. March Madness is actually what NCAA travel officials are experiencing they try to navigate the mad scramble for airline tickets to tournament sites. Not much about the tournament is easy to schedule, particularly at the outset. With teams changing daily, arrangements have to be meticulously planned - but ready to change - well, pardon the pun but on the fly. more

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Elizabethtown Sports Park: A Sports Traveler's Paradise

Having built one of the most exciting, successful sports parks around - and not so long ago - Elizabethtown, Kentucky, isn't resting on its laurels. It's taking steps to transform its downtown to provide expanded shopping, dining and lodging options. All that is in addition to a facility with 15 world-class fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other field-based sports, three quads of diamonds for softball and baseball, plus a full complement of amenities including meeting rooms, playgrounds, picnic areas, walking trails and park-wide wi-fi. Learn what's going on - and what visitors have had to say - about E-town and its team of dedicated professionals. more

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In other news and commentary...
'Tebow Laws:' What are the Effects on Travel Teams?

It's the sports equivalent of a hot potato. At the very least, it's as polarizing as the issue of prayer in schools. The so-called 'Tebow Law,' allowing homeschooled students to play on their local public high school sports teams, has now been passed in 30 states. In many other states, proponents of the 'Tebow bill' (as it's known as it attempts to navigate the complex process of becoming law) are hoping for similar success. more

USA Basketball Announcing New Coaching Safeguards

While youth basketball coaches are increasingly being screened for criminal backgrounds, methods for determining the quality of the work they will do have been seriously hampered due to the lack of a national coaching certification program that will help (among other things) teach the fundamentals of coaching. All that is about to change, says USA Basketball. more

The New College Club Sport: Shooting

Football and basketball are still the top college sports in the public consciousness. But another has been making its move as well - shooting. Fueled by gun industry funding, college shooting clubs are growing in numbers - and in popularity. Another boost is the travel to competitions, with both rifle and pistol shooting championships being held around the country. more

B.A.S.S. Announces High School Championships

B.A.S.S. announced it has set the dates and locations for the Costa Bassmaster High School Midwestern Open and the second annual Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship, as well as implemented a new youth competition in the Junior Bassmaster Championship. more

Inside Events

Inside Events: USA Water Ski

USA Water Ski is the national governing body of organized water skiing in the United States. USA Water Ski is a member of the International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation (the world governing body), the Pan American Sports Organization and the United States Olympic Committee. Find out what's going on inside this dynamic and growing sport. more

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Your business is the business of sports - all that goes on behind the scenes to make the athletes look good and the spectators feel proud. This issue of Sports Destination Management includes some of the best information in the business, written by the best professionals in the business. Learn about insurance, stay-to-play, lodging and medical planning, as well as updates about the AAU and US Quidditch. You can also learn about the best facilities - and the best tips - for hosting can't-miss golf, baseball and aquatics events, as well as some great venues if you're planning a sports event in the mountain states. Click here to start your learning experience now. more

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