#151: February 03, 2021
Where Should Event Owners be in the Vaccine Rollout?

Where Should Event Owners be in the Vaccine Rollout?

It was only a matter of time. As the vaccine rollout continues, people are finding ways to jump the line, getting their COVID-19 shot ahead of the target groups: frontline workers and vulnerable populations. Some receiving the vaccine (legally) have been coaches of college teams. So here's a valid question: where should event owners be in the line?

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The Four Fathers of Ballparks of America

Ballparks of America is a sports facility with an interesting past and a bright future. The park features five replica fields modeled after Major League stadiums including Chicago's Wrigley Field, Boston's Fenway Park, St. Louis' Busch Stadium, Detroit's Tiger Stadium, and Brooklyn's Ebbets Field. And with new ownership, it can welcome the teams.

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Perry, Oklahoma: Youth Baseball

Perry, Oklahoma: Youth Baseball's Home Base

What's the very best way to design the very best youth baseball complex? Visit a host of venues. Take note of what works and what could be improved upon. Then bring home the best of the best ideas and put them to work. The result, for Perry, Oklahoma, has been the Perry BMAC Baseball Complex. Learn about the complex (and the destination) here.

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Got Fields? NCAA Is Looking for Soccer, Field Hockey Hosts

Got fields? Three NCAA championships - one in field hockey and two in soccer - are looking for spring 2021 homes and are up for bid. And if you hurry, meaning get your paperwork filed by February 17, you might just have a shot at hosting. The best news of all is that there's already a webinar on file that answers lots of FAQs. Ready? Set? Rebound!

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Lawsuit Filed to Try to Force Youth Sports to Play

Youth sports, crucial to the economic vitality of cities, continue to be a casualty of COVID, especially in states where the caseload is so high as to make playing a health risk. Although the NFHS reports that 35 states played football this year, California is not one of those and youth athletes have filed a lawsuit to try to force the state's hand.

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Hank Aaron Leaves Rich Legacy, Including Impact on Student Athletes

When Hank Aaron passed, he left behind more than a legacy as America's baseball hero, having amassed 755 runs. He broke color barriers, became a role model and in the process, shaped generations of youth baseball players. It was after his retirement, however, that he realized another goal, also relating to 755. But this time, it was impacting children.

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Up for Bid and Open for Business: World Triathlon

Who's ready to take their triathlon hosting chops to the next level? (Oh, right, that would be everyone these days). World Triathlon is offering destinations the chance to host its Championship Finals, Sprint and Relay Championships and Multisport Championships. All the information you need to know is here. Deadline is February 28, 2021.

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When Masks Are Mandated, Who is Responsible for Enforcing Them?

Mandating masks is one thing. Enforcing that mandate is quite another. In Pennsylvania, high school officials were told they are not responsible for making sure student athletes wear their masks properly in competition. That, of course, raises questions: Who is responsible for enforcing the rule? And who is held liable if athletes get sick?

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10 Post-Event Survey Questions for Improving Youth Sports Tournaments

You think you know a tournament went well - until someone tells you registration was too expensive, or it was challenging to find the venue. A post-event survey can help gather responses in a quick and straightforward approach that gets direct feedback from players and families. It also imparts the information that you care about their ideas.

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Inside Events: CIAA

Inside Events: CIAA's Virtual Vibe - Tournament Edition

We're coming up on basketball tournament season but this year, in-person hosting can be (dare we say it?) madness. CIAA, the nation's oldest historically Black athletic conference, has made lemonade out of lemons by planning its first-ever Virtual Tournament Week. Go inside the decision and the event to find out what's in store for attendees.

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January/February 2021

We just closed out a year nobody could have anticipated, and we're heading into a new one. Optimism is strong, with vaccines on the scene and sports beginning their rebound. The question, of course, is where we go from here. Ideally, 2021 will be the year not just when tournaments return but spectators come back and confidence in travel is restored. This issue gets you off to a great start with information you can use in light of the market conditions. Let's face 2021 together and start strong, stay resilient and work together.

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"It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course."

~ The late, great Hank Aaron, who died on January 22 at the age of 86






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