Organizing Sports & Recreational Activities

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  • 0:04 Organizing Physical Activity
  • 1:30 Business Ventures & Races
  • 2:30 Rules, Booster Clubs,…
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Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

In this lesson we discuss how to organize sports and recreational activities. We review older and newer methods for achieving success in these goals. We also review rules, etiquette, equipment, and safety practices.

Organizing Physical Activity

Organizing sports and recreational activities can be a lot of fun. Many methods of doing so are available, with some being more time-consuming and expensive than others. Parents can use an old classic by simply putting up signs in their neighborhoods with phone numbers, dates, and other pertinent information. After everyone is signed up and tryouts are held, the parents select teams and start organizing practices and activities.

On the other hand, the Internet has changed the way we do just about everything, and organizing sports and recreational activities is no exception. Websites such as Sportsvite offer tools that allow athletes to connect with and invite other athletes, organize their sports schedules, post bulletins, and even manage their team rosters and leagues. Teams can also promote their sports leagues and get advertising and sponsorship. Many sites send game-day reminders and offer maps and directions to games and events.

When one thinks of organized sports and recreational activities, the YMCA might also come quickly to mind. The ''Y'' specializes in adult team sports, including basketball, tennis, and volleyball, but it offers plenty of outdoor activities as well, including cycling and hiking. The YMCA usually offers group trips and lessons, too. The YMCA observes an honor code of four values: responsibility, respect, honesty, and caring.

Business Ventures & Races

One way to organize sports and recreational activities is to combine a love of sports with an entrepreneurial spirit. Since 86 million Americans participate in sports, there's no shortage of potential customers and recruits.

The current king of organized sports is probably the road race. Every town seems to have a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, or marathon race. And why not? Races can foster good community relations and boost a town's reputation. While having fun is a major goal for a road race, public safety and turning a profit are also at the top of the list. After all, runners pay good money to participate, and local hotels are often booked to capacity. Many variables must be considered in planning a race, including the race route, traffic, registration, check-in areas, cleanup, and awards. Usually, a post-race gala is held, too, featuring music, beverages, and plenty of carbohydrates to refuel the athletes.

Rules, Booster Clubs, & Etiquette

When it comes to organizing sports and recreational activities, it must be remembered that every sport has a clear-cut set of rules. Impressionable children should be reminded of these and taught to follow the rules and play fairly from a young age. The entire concept of sports is fair play, and rules are the medium through which fair play is accomplished.

Booster clubs are organizations formed to support a sports team. Some experts believe that they're crucial to the survival of many high school sports. They often hold fundraisers for their teams and promote their teams on social media. It should be noted that some overzealous booster clubs have been charged with wrongdoing for performing illegal activities to help their teams.

If we're being honest, we've all cringed at the sights and sounds of an overly enthusiastic parent at a Little League baseball game or an ice skating practice. How ironic, considering that one of the main goals of organized sports is to teach children good manners, right? In addition to learning the rules, children should be taught to use an appropriate tone of voice for each sport, especially toward the officials and parents. They should be team players and good winners, never taunting the other team.

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