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Scorching Heat, Noon Games, and a Bunch of 12-Year-Olds

When the external temperature reaches the 90s or 100s, the heat index, especially in the southern regions of the United States, can reach 125 degrees easily. This creates an unsafe environment for outdoor activities as high external heat and a fast heartrate from sports exertion can be a fatal combination.

Come Play PNW Sports: Snohomish County, Washington

Welcome to PNW Sports! Snohomish County, Wash. Located in northwest Washington State, nestled between the sparkling blue waters of the Salish Sea and the rugged, snow-capped peaks of the Cascade Mountains, Snohomish County begins 15 miles north of Seattle, a little under 120 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and a short ferry ride away from the Olympic Peninsula.

Do It for The Youth: Making Our Industry More Accessible

In recent years, there have been several reasons contributing to both the rise and fall of numbers in youth and amateur sports. This issue can be pinpointed to one thing: accessibility. Accessibility is becoming harder to manage in the age of social media and rising costs, but what can we do to change that?

An Inside Look at Why Athletes Are Quitting

This spring, I followed two athletes before their seasons began and after they ended. The results were astounding since both athletes had the same reasons for feeling the way they do towards their respective sports.

Editor’s Travels in Athens, Ga.

I visited Athens, Ga., two weeks ago to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Classic Center Arena attached to the Classic Center downtown.

Referee Shortages are the Last Thing we Need Right Now

In Mississippi, softball umpire Kristi Moore was allegedly punched by a woman wearing a mother of the year shirt. During a Little League game in Texas, an umpire was shoved to the ground by a coach. In Georgia, a basketball ref was attacked by players and required 30 stitches. And on Easter Sunday in Colorado, a ref was assaulted and video of the incident was posted to TikTok.

Comparison is Key when Concerning Trends

This past year, the sports industry’s main goal was not rebounding, but looking at past year’s data and comparing when it came to rebuilding. While some say comparison is the main thief of joy, when it comes to sporting events and gatherings, comparison should make all of us ecstatic. In the 2021 Trends Report, survey responders estimated it would take anywhere from two to five years to fully recover from the pandemic. However, in this year’s survey, multiple responders say they were currently seeing recovery happen before their own eyes—a drastic change from the five-year expectation just one year prior. Check out why this is, and more in our 2022 Trends Report!

Sound Off: Let’s Talk About Youth Leaving Sports.

If a certificate of participation is going to keep a child in said sport, why is there such a big problem surrounding “trophies for all?” Sound off everyone! I want to hear your opinions! -Summer Abston, Managing Editor

Katie Meyer, This One is for You

Katie Meyer, the goalkeeper for the Stanford Women's Cardinal Soccer Team, tragically passed away last week. In honor of Meyer and National Women's Day, let's take a look at some of her achievements as an athlete.