Game On for Youth Sports as Summer Tournaments Begin
The youth sports scene doesn't just have signs of life, it has some great case studies of success. You just need to know where to look. Across America, tournaments are going on, using new smart practices. From travel basketball held indoors in Georgia to competitive volleyball on the grass of Wisconsin to baseball in Oregon, here are some top trends.
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.
Arizona's New Top Tournament Destination
The city of Surprise has everything planners need in a sports tournament destination, with nationally recognized facilities, year-round sunshine, plenty of fun things to do and an events team committed to success. And after hosting more than 100 events and tournaments per year, Surprise has a proven track record. Find your place in the sun here.
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|Parents Pushing for Tournaments with Streaming in Order to Reach Colleges|
With high school sports shut down and many showcase events cancelled, parents are panicking about their children's inability to obtain an athletic scholarship. Tournaments that offer live streams, viewable by college coaches, are increasingly in demand by parents who see them as a last chance, and they're leaning on coaches to take the teams there.
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|Will Schools Swap Fall and Spring Sports?|
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|Open for Business and Up for Bid: NAIA Men's Lacrosse Invitational|
Hope for the future is as close as your next e-mail. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics is requesting bids from interested cities for its 2022 and 2023 Men's Lacrosse Invitational Championships. Bids are due on September 1 and the info you need, including facility requirements and the potential for economic impact, is here.
Inside Events: The North American SCRABBLE Players Association
Among mind sports, SCRABBLE is one of the most perennially popular. The North American SCRABBLE Players Association supports the community of players, hosts a conference and tracks trends in the game. Learn what it's up to, how it competes - and about the way it made the New York Times by electing to remove racial slurs from its player dictionary.
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