Parents Redshirting Children to Gain a Competitive Edge in Youth Sports
The latest trend among parents: Redshirting children to give them a competitive edge in sports. The movement is inspired by the practice of holding children back from starting kindergarten in order to develop physically or mentally, and these days, coaches are seeing bigger, stronger student athletes in travel programs. Is it good for kids, though?
| Destination Spotlight |
Come Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington
Snohomish County is located in northwest Washington State, nestled between the sparkling blue waters of Puget Sound and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains. This destination begins 15 miles north of Seattle, a little under 120 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and a short ferry ride away from the Olympic Peninsula.
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| Drone Soccer the Newest High School Sport |
As the Women's World Cup heats up, a World Cup of another kind has been announced for San Diego: The U.S. Drone Soccer National Championships and the 2024 World Air Sports (FAI) Drone Soccer World Cup, which will take place April 22-25 at the Sails Pavilion of the San Diego Convention Center. It's all because more high schools are adding drone soccer.
| Packing A Punch |
Combat sports had a good year. Martial arts, MMA, boxing and wrestling all posted participation gains in 2022. A growing cadre of females is helping to boost overall visibility and interest in combat sports. In response, many locales are reaching out to these events and beefing up venues. Here are eight destinations ready to go to the mat for a win.
| As Fishing Grows More Diverse, Can Event Owners Make it More Accessible? |
2020 saw a lot of people blowing the dust off their fishing rods. Three years later, the sport's popularity continues, with new populations: minorities (among them African American and Latino anglers) in the mix, as well as women (one of the sectors contributing most to economic impact, according to one study). What are the takeaways for event owners?
| The New Hot Sport at High School and Colleges: Target Shooting |
The popularity of clay target shooting has, well, exploded. In March, student athletes from 29 states competed in the inaugural Association of College Unions International (ACUI) and Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) College Nationals. A few months later, high school students attended their own championships. What is behind all this growth?
| ONE MONTH TO DEADLINE: SDM's Awards Program |
We know sports tourism is a $45.1 billion industry, and we know you have played a role in building that number. Don't you want to try for some recognition? SDM is taking nominations for its 2023 awards program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism, and wants industry members to enter. Deadline is Friday, September 8.
| Inside Events |
Inside Events: The Miracle League
The motto of The Miracle League is simple: "Every child deserves the chance to play baseball." The organization, which was established in 2000, promotes accessible fields and specific rules designed to assist all players in being able to enjoy the game. Stephanie Davis, program director, sat down with SDM to talk about the growth of the program.
| Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management |
In this issue, we reach midsummer and my favorite time of the year: the opening of awards season. SDM wants its readers to nominate events for the program, Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. Our industry is a force to be reckoned with, and you have played a role in it, so take a moment to enter. This industry also showcases lacrosse, running and road sports and combat sports (all three of those have ancient roots) as well as a newer sport with a North American pedigree: cheer, and sports venues made by nature. Happy reading.
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