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New NASC blog platform

March 14, 2016

We are excited to announce that the NASC blog, Get in the Game, rolled out onto a new platform in February.  The blog is now housed within the NASC website, www.SportsCommissions.org. The Association will be providing even more timely and relevant content than ever before, including posts on industry trends and news, updates from the National Office, and bi-weekly Tips from the Mentoring Committee.  Blog posts are also featured in Get in the Game eNews, which is distributed each Thursday. We encourage you to subscribe to the blog to receive instant notifications when a new post is published.  Ideas for blog posts are always encouraged.

If you are interested in writing a blog or want to see a particular topic included in a future post, submit your idea to Elizabeth You, Director of Membership and Marketing at elizabeth@sportscommissions.org

A Lesson to Be Learned

March 14, 2016

A while back we told you about the fight at a girls’ high school basketball game in Indiana that resulted in the suspension of both teams from the rest of this season.

Pike High meeting

Photo Courtesy: Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star.

Now, as Paul Harvey might say, here is the rest of the story.

After both the Pike and Ben Davis girls’ basketball teams were suspended after the on-court brawl, most everyone thought that would be the end of the issue. But Anucha Browne saw it as an opportunity for a life lesson for everyone involved.

Browne is NCAA vice president for women’s basketball championships. And she comes in with a hoops pedigree: She starred at Northwestern and led the country in scoring in 1985 with a 30.5 points per game average. And she decided she needed to talk with these players.

“I thought it was important to be in their space and help them understand that those split-second decisions can change the rest of their lives,” she told the Indianapolis Star. “I took pride in owning the fact that those young people deserve another chance and to have a dialogue with somebody who has been where they are. I want to be impactful in their lives.”

Browne met with the Pike team last week—she’s scheduled to meet with Ben Davis next week. Neither high school appealed the suspensions, although Pike did ask the Indiana High School Athletic Association to reevaluate its process in ruling on fighting at games.

“These are just young people, and you have to invest in young people,” Browne continued. “We tell our kids to be sportsmen, but what does that mean? I think to have that dialogue and talk to them about the impact of their behavior and what they do is important. It says everything about them.”

As for the school, Pike Athletic Director Doug Schornick said the meeting with Browne was another step in the healing process. “I think the message coming from somebody of her background was perfect,” he said. “We’re going to get stronger. All our programs are going to get stronger.”

Kudos to Browne for reaching out to both teams after a devastating end to their seasons. Let’s hope the schools, and especially the players, learn and grow from it.

Upcoming NASC Webinars – Register Now

February 16, 2016

Mark your calendars now! We have an awesome lineup of Best Practices and Event Webinars that you won’t want to miss. Check out the schedule below and reserve your spot today!
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Strider Sports
Event Webinar Sponsored by MGM Resorts International
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

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Join Ted Heuttle, Events Manager, Strider Sports, as he discusses his current RFP for the 2017 Strider Cup. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions.
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NASC Mentoring Program: Not Just for Newbies
Best Practices Webinar
Friday, February 26, 2016
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. ET

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Join NASC Mentoring Committee co-chairs John David, CSEE, COO, USA BMX, and Mike Price, CSEE, Executive Director, Greater Lansing Sports Authority, as they share different ways the mentoring committee can help you get the most out of your NASC membership.

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National Veterans Golden Age Games
Event Webinar Sponsored by MGM Resorts International
Monday, March 14, 2016
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

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Join Jeanene LeSure from National Veterans Golden Age Games as she discusses her RFP for the 2020 Golden Age Games and what she looks for in a host destination.
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Starting Your Own State Games
Best Practices Webinar
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
2:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.

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Eric Engelbarts, National Congress of State Games membership chairman, will discuss how your CVB or Sports Commission can leverage your existing sport director relationships to build an event that you own and operate that can contribute to your mission of ‘heads in beds’ and act as a potential revenue source for your organization.
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February’s Featured Member Benefit – Allied and Rights Holder Member Mentoring

February 15, 2016

We continue our Featured Benefit for the month of February with a blog post by Mentoring Committee members Hank Pivarnik and Glen Schorr. They explain why mentors are useful for the Allied and Rights Holder levels of membership and some of the ways mentors can be utilized.

With a combined 23% of total NASC membership, the Allied and Rights Holder members comprise an important part of NASC. However, the needs of these categories of members differ from those of the Active members, which include destinations represented by sports commissions, DMOs, and parks and recreation departments, from across the country.

The primary purpose of the NASC Mentoring Committee is to connect new member organizations with an industry veteran to help guide them through the first year of membership and beyond. New members also get the “lay of the land” before the Symposium from their mentors. Not only prior to the Symposium but throughout the year, new members and first time attendees can rely on their mentor to answer any number of questions, offer ideas, share industry best practices, and more.

The primary benefit of mentoring for both Rights Holders and Allied Members is that it gives us a chance to speak with peers in a common language. We face the same issues. We have the same questions. We need the same information. And whether we have been in this business for one or thirty years, sometimes we just need to raise our hand and ask the question so we can do our job smarter. That is what the Mentoring Committee is for … to answer the question; whether you are an Allied Member, Rights Holder, or Active Member.

To learn more about how you can benefit from the NASC’s Mentoring Committee contact Elizabeth Young, Director of Membership and Marketing, at elizabeth@sportscommissions.org.

Hank Pivarnik, CSEE
Director of Sport Sales, Hilton Worldwide
Member Mentoring Committee – Allied Representative

Glen Schorr
Executive Director, Orienteering USA
NASC Board of Directors & Member Mentoring Committee – Rights Holder Representative

Whether you’re a brand new member wanting advice about the Symposium or you’re a seasoned veteran looking for a second set of eyes on a proposal, the Mentoring Committee is here to help. Take a look at the committee roster and reach out today!

February’s Featured Member Benefit – Active Member Mentoring

February 8, 2016

Last week we introduced Member Mentoring as the Featured Benefit of the Month. This week we put the spotlight on how our Active Members use the mentoring committee. Mary Lee Malmberg is an Active member who currently serves on the
Mentoring Committee. She reflects upon her early experiences with her mentor and how Active members of all experience levels can use this NASC service.

“The Member Mentoring Committee is available to all members of NASC regardless of their years of experience in the industry! Many of our members volunteered to serve on this committee because someone else helped them when
they needed advice and assistance. The majority of questions we receive are from individuals new to the sports travel industry. Questions range from “what can I expect to get out of Symposium” to “who should serve on my
sports committee.”

When I was new to the industry I was mentored by Denny Gann, one of the founding members of NASC. I was preparing my first proposal for a national tournament and Denny kindly reviewed my work and made suggestions to make the
bid stronger. The story has a happy ending because Cedar Rapids was awarded the tournament! I have always appreciated the insight and help a fellow NASC member gave me!

The CVB and Sports Commission members serving on NASC’s Member Mentoring Committee have many combined years of industry experience. We are here to answer questions, provide advice, brainstorm or lend an understanding ear to
inquiring minds from small or large organizations regardless of years of experience!”

Mary Lee Malmberg
CSEE, Director of Sports Tourism
Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Whether you’re a brand new member wanting advice about the Symposium or you’re a seasoned veteran looking for a second set of eyes on a proposal, the Mentoring Committee is here to help. Take a look at the committee roster and reach out today!

February’s Featured Member Benefit – Member Mentoring

February 1, 2016

Throughout the month of February, we will be highlighting how the Mentoring Committee can offer assistance in many areas of the sport tourism industry. The main purpose of this committee is to cultivate relationships with new members and help guide them through their first year of membership.

The Mentoring Committee educates members about benefits and resources that will help them make the most of their NASC membership. Both new members and those who have been in the game for years can utilize the Member Mentoring program.

One of the greatest assets of the Mentoring Committee is the wide array of background and experience on various industry topics, which consists of over 200 years of cumulative sport tourism industry related knowledge. All three membership categories are represented within the committee – Active, Allied and Rights Holder.

Keep an eye out for these blogs and sign up to attend our Best Practices Webinar, Mentoring: Not Just For Newbies on Friday, February 26 @ 2pm ET to learn more about how the Mentoring Committee can help you!

Check out the Member Mentoring page to view the committee roster and read each mentor’s bio!

DSC_8599Mentors, designated by their jerseys, meet with their First Time Attendee Mentees at the 2015 NASC Sports Event Symposium in Milwaukee, WI.

Upcoming Webinars – Register Now

January 20, 2016

Mark your calendars now! We have a great line-up of Event Webinars that you won’t want to miss. Check out the schedule below, and reserve your spot today!
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U.S. Quidditch Association
Event Webinar Sponsored by MGM Resorts International
Monday, January 25, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

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Join Joe Pickett, International Location Director, U.S. Quidditch Association, as he discusses his current RFPs for the US QUidditch Cup, Regional Championships, and the 2016-2017 Season. and There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. If you are unable to join us on the 25th, remember you can download the webinar recording from our webinar archives page (login required).
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National Collegiate Table Tennis Association
Event Webinar Sponsored by MGM Resorts International
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

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Join Willy Leparulo, President, National Collegiate Table Tennis Assocation, as he discusses their current College Table Tennis Championship RFP and what they are looking for in a host destination. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. If you are unable to join us on the 3rd, remember you can download the webinar recording from our webinar archives page (login required).
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Strider Sports
Event Webinar Sponsored by MGM Resorts International
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

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Join Ted Heuttle, Events Manager, Strider Sports, as he discusses his current RFP for the 2017 Strider Cup. There will be time at the end of the presentation for questions. If you are unable to join us on the 24th, remember you can download the webinar recording from our webinar archives page (login required).

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Winning Isn’t Everything..

January 18, 2016

We know that coaches want their teams to win. We also know that parents want to give their student-athlete the best chance to develop his or her skills to be the best players they can be.

Attucks basketball

Photo Courtesy of Indianapolis Star

So it’s interesting to see the cautionary tale being played out this school year at Indianapolis’ Crispus Attucks High School, where the head basketball coach has been reassigned and parents are outraged.

A bit of background: Crispus Attucks is the home of basketball legend Oscar Robertson and, despite falling on recent hard basketball times, has battled back to become relevant again in the sport that Indiana worships. A lot of that has been because of head coach Phil Washington, who was named city coach of the year last season in Indianapolis for leading Attucks to a 19-6 record and the Class 2A regional final. He also brought Attucks its first sectional titles, in 2014 and 2015, since 1973.

It’s obvious Washington wants to win. So it’s not surprising that winning would bring tighter scrutiny from the Indiana High School Athletic Association, which ruled in November, then upheld the ruling last month, that two transfer students playing for Washington were ineligible because the IHSAA said they transferred to Attucks for athletic reasons—which is a no-no.

Here’s the back story: Washington is from Anderson, Indiana, another basketball hotbed. Washington interviewed for the Anderson head coaching job this past spring, but wasn’t a finalist. The mother of one of the transferred players was a big supporter of Washington to get the Anderson job, but when he didn’t, that’s when the two players moved from Anderson to Indianapolis. Mom says that wasn’t why they moved..the IHSAA says differently.

While the players’ case will go before a Department of Education review panel, Washington remains suspended while his Attucks’ team is 9-2 and eighth in the state. Parents have delivered petitions to Attucks’ administrators, claiming his punishment is excessive. In the meantime, Washington has been transferred to another high school as a teacher only, and two student-athletes have their basketball careers hanging in the balance as the grownups try to decide what’s best for them.

Changes ahead for youth football?

January 11, 2016

The new year could be bringing a new look to youth football around the country. Case in point: Somerville, Massachusetts, has announced its recreation department is changing the city’s youth football program from tackle to “non-contact” flag football for kids in first through eighth grade.

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Photo courtesy Grand Forks Park District

In an article published by boston.com, city officials cited concerns nationwide over increases in injuries for young players in contact football, as well as declining enrollment in the city’s contact program. The changes were announced this past week, to go into effect this summer.

“Particularly over the past few years, the rise in injuries among young people playing contact football, both in game situations and during regular practices, demonstrates a need for us to reevaluate the programs we offer to our youngest residents,” Jill Lathan, the city’s director of Recreation and Youth, said. “Somerville Recreation has a history of providing programs and opportunities for youth of all ages and interest levels, but we also have a commitment to keep our children safe while they have fun.”

Lathan also said the recreation department will continue to support those who want to continue to play in a contact football program, like Pop Warner, through its equipment rental program, but the city will not sponsor a tackle football program for young players.

“Interest and participation in flag football is increasing both in Somerville and nationwide, and we are excited to be able to offer the program here in Somerville that will teach youth the necessary skills if they do choose to participate in contact football at an older age,” Lathan said.

The city seems to be following recommendations made by Dr. Bennet Omalu, famously portrayed by Will Smith in the new movie, “Concussion,” who said in an op-ed piece in the New York Times last month that there should be a minimum age to play tackle football because children’s developing brains should be protected from concussions. While few believe that the minimum age will be set at 18, as Dr. Omalu suggests, this move by Somerville shows that municipalities are taking the threat of brain injuries seriously and are taking steps to try to keep players safer.

Upcoming Best Practices Webinar – Register Now

January 7, 2016

Mark your calendar! Next Thursday, Linda Logan, CSEE, Executive Director, Greater Columbus Sports Commission, will present the 2nd edition of Turning a Loss into a Win, which was initially presented at the 2015 NASC Symposium in Milwaukee, WI. Check out the details below, and reserve your spot today!

Date – January 14, 2016
Time – 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenter – Linda Logan, CSEE, Executive Director, Greater Columbus Sports Commission

Join Linda as she discusses the 2nd edition of turning a loss into a win and how to make a losing bid into a winning strategy. Linda will share “failure to success” stories and how she and her team was able turn the agony of defeat into the thrill of victory. If you are unable to join us on the 14th, remember you can download the webinar recording from our webinar archives page (login required).

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CSEE Program Redesign

January 4, 2016

As CSEE Program participants are aware, the NASC conducted a complete review and restructuring of the course of study. A number of changes are being implemented, including: 

  • Our first online course, ready by February 2016.
  •  A commitment to at least one new online course every year with a target of two.
  • Moving to a credit system; this will allow different numbers of credits for a variety of learning events.
  • Establishment of a higher level of certification by early 2017.
  • Establishment of a partnership with Ohio University to provide expertise in online learning and reviews of each live learning session.

We are excited about this restructuring and the resulting more focused program leading to certification.

For more information about the CSEE program, please visit our website.

Don Schumacher, CSEE
Executive Director
National Association of Sports Commissions