Quiet, Please: USA Pickleball Looks to Lower Sport's Decibel Level
We've all heard pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the United States and that the average player's age is skewing younger than ever. But the noise the sport is generating has many non-players covering their ears and complaining (loudly). In response, USA Pickleball is working on an initiative for "quiet products."
| Destination Spotlight |
Compete, Enjoy and Make Memories at Rocky Top in Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Nestled in the heart of the world-renowned Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Top Sports World is a prime destination for youth sports. With seven outdoor synthetic turf fields, a 1,500-seat championship field and an 86,000-square-foot indoor venue equipped with six basketball courts, the facility offers an unparalleled, all-encompassing experience.
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| Orange is the New Black Ink for Sports Events |
The effects of the pandemic are as dead as the proverbial ghost in a graveyard. Just ask organizers of sports events scheduled for October (including coffin races). Total Halloween spending is expected to reach $12.2 billion, exceeding pre-2020 levels. And with more people preparing to attend events, event owners can expect treats (and no tricks).
| Softball Swings for the Fences |
Between fast-pitch and slow-pitch, softball in the U.S. boasts at least 8.2 million players, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, up about 3 percent from 2021. The sport is played by all ages, on fields that often can be adjusted in size to suit the participants. Here are some key locations for softball tournaments and events.
| Now Live: NCAA Championship RFP Portal |
The NCAA has posted its list of RFPs for championships. If you missed the notification, it's time for you to sit up, take notice and put in your bid. From baseball to wrestling, from men's to women's to multi-sport festivals, your opportunity is listed here, along with all relevant deadlines and documents. SDM hopes to see you in the winner's circle!
| How Safe Do Sports Spectators THINK They Are? |
Safety at sports events has become an increasing concern, and much has been written about creating safe and effective plans for venue security. But has anyone asked spectators how they feel about security, and what their level of comfort is when it comes to sitting in the stands? A new report explores audience input, and can shed light on the issue.
| Move United Seeking Host Cities For National Adaptive Sports Competition |
Move United, the national leader in adaptive sports, is seeking a host for its adaptive sports competition for the 2025 and 2026 years. The weeklong event, which occurs annually in July, is for youth, adult and masters athletes with a physical disability, visual impairment or intellectual disability. Hurry, though: Deadline is October 15, 2023.
| Train Delays, Protests and Mismarked Courses Mar Road Races |
We're heard of rain delays but train delays? In September, a marathon was held up by a slow-moving train. In a July race (in the same area, no less), the starting gun had to wait until a train went by, also very slowly. Then there was the mismarked course in an international race that cost an elite Kenyan runner not one but two world records.
| Inside Events |
Inside Events: National 6v6 Lacrosse
Small-sided sports have never been bigger, and National 6v6 Lacrosse is evidence of this trend. In fact, 6v6 was featured in the World Games in Birmingham, Alabama, and is at the center of World Lacrosse's Olympic vision. Learn about the discipline, as well as the types of events the organization puts on and what it looks for in a host, right here.
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| Read the latest issue of Sports Destination Management |
As we tiptoe into a new school year, we're seeing plenty of changes. This issue can help face them head-on. Our articles cover safety and security preparations and negotiations between vendors and event owners, as well as an update on bus and motorcoach travel. There are features on destinations that can host events in softball, gymnastics and water sports. Additionally, there are insights from the president of AAU and the founder of the Gran Fondo National Series, and a roundup of great sports venues. Get started on the new season right here.
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