August 09, 2023 | Sports Destination Management
#212: August 09, 2023
Parents Redshirting Children

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? more

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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. more

Come Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington
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Groups Play More in El Paso!

Groups Play More in El Paso!

Sports event planners have discovered El Paso is sun soaked, warm and always ready for kickoffs, tip-offs and starting guns. more

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In other news and commentary...
Flint, Michigan: Leading with Inclusion and Leaving a Crisis in the Rear-View

One thing event owners are tasked with is increasing inclusion and making outreach to populations who might not otherwise participate. The HAP Crim Festival of Races, held each summer in Flint, Michigan, is a case study in this. The destination has also spent time leaving behind its contaminated water crisis. Here is how it has accomplished both goals. more

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. more

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. more

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? more

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? more


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. more

Inside Events
Inside Events: The Miracle League

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. more

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The 2023 NAIA Men's Lacrosse Invitational was held in Pensacola, Florida. It used 1,652 room nights, supported 248 jobs and sold 651 passes. Estimated economic impact was $739,100 | Instagram | X/Twitter | Facebook

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July/August 2023 Issue Cover

July/August 2023

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. more

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