#160: June 09, 2021
In Virginia Beach, Success Starts Indoors

In Virginia Beach, Success Starts Indoors

While it's clear that many outdoor programs are meeting with success, Virginia Beach, even with its myriad oceanside attractions, has been capturing national attention with its indoor events. The Virginia Beach Sports Center has hosted everything from indoor track and field to youth basketball and has done so safely. Read its success story here.

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Southeastern Washington State's Dry Region Providing Year-Round Athletic Opportunities

There's a dry desert region in the Pacific Northwest (yes, really). It has plenty of space for water sports, sports fields that stay green all year-round for tournaments and even a burgeoning wine scene for parents, as well as (event owners, take note) the infrastructure to host plenty of events. Welcome to the Tri-Cities region of Washington state.

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Springfield, Illinois: The Place Where Legendary Events are Made

Springfield, Illinois: The Place Where Legendary Events are Made

Springfield, Illinois is nestled in the heart of the Midwest and situated along the iconic Route 66. It is a place where families experience one of America's most beloved presidents, Abraham Lincoln - and where sports are a year-round tradition. From ice hockey to horseshoe pitching and from cheer to motorsports, Springfield is your all-season athlete.

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In other news and commentary...
Flag Football Makes Its Move Toward the Olympics

We already know flag football is on the rise; in fact, next summer, it will make an appearance on the international multi-sport stage when it debuts at the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama. So maybe it shouldn't be a surprise that organizers want it showcased at the 2028 Olympics - and that the NFL is supporting that bid. Learn more here.

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As NFHS Takes Bigger Role in Lacrosse Rules, Will Girls Need Helmets?

The rules they might be a'changin'. Beginning with the 2022-23 season, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), in strengthening its relationship with USA Lacrosse, is expected to take a stronger role in the rules writing process. And that brings up the big question of whether headgear will start to be mandated for girls.

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The NYC Marathon Makes Its Big (Really Big!) Return in 2021

If you're going to celebrate your 50th anniversary, you might as well do it right. That was Manhattan's theory, and as the New York City Marathon rebounds, it has even more to celebrate than the anniversary of its running. The triumphant return of the event in November will see a whopping 33,000 runners, ranging from elites to average joes.

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4 Ways Software Elevates the Athlete Experience at Events

There are many moving parts to running a successful sports event. Each touchpoint is an opportunity for a great experience to your attendees. Software is a critical component of both the back end of the event planning process and the attendee-facing experience. Learn how technology can help hit touchpoints and elevate the athlete experience.

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Up for Bid: Move United's National Adaptive Sports Competition

Destinations that want to demonstrate their commitment to inclusivity need to know about this RFP! Move United, the leader in community adaptive sports, will bring together two end-of-summer championship events beginning 2023. The Move United Nationals are seeking host cities and sports partners -- do you have what it takes to partner with them?

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A New World Cup Every Year? FIFA is Considering It

A FIFA World Cup that would be held every two years, rather than every four? Soccer's highest governing body is considering it. Ultimately, it would mean we'd see a World Cup every year - one for men one year, one for women the next. However, there's a strong sentiment against it on the part of fans as well as concerns over scheduling - and hosting.

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Inside Events: The Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Combine

Inside Events: The Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Combine

Increasingly, colleges are offering the opportunity to compete on school-sponsored bass fishing teams. However, college coaches have traditionally struggled to find opportunities to connect with high school anglers. This fall, though, all that will change with the inaugural Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Combine. Learn about plans for the event, to be held in Decatur, Alabama.

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May/June 2021

May/June 2021

In this issue is some of the best advice you'll find anywhere, and it's because of the industry experts who contributed their time, their knowledge and their insights. This industry has perhaps the most in-depth knowledge base - and the fascinating thing is that so many people relate it in stories - things that have happened during competitions, people they've met and what they learned as a result. As we head into summer, it is our hope that this issue will help guide you along as we move out of the darkness that was the last year and toward better, brighter days.

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