Special Features

United States Named Host Nation for 2031 and 2033 Rugby World Cup

As part of a new partnership hosting model, USA Rugby and World Rugby will now work together to grow the sport in the United States over the next decade in preparation for hosting rugby’s pinnacle event on U.S. soil, something that has been in the works now for the last few years.

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.

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.

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!

The Age of the Small Market

From Snohomish to Stafford, Baton Rouge to Erie, and Winston-Salem to Lincoln, small markets nationwide are proving they are a force to be reckoned with. Tammy Dunn of Snohomish County Sports Commission says, "capitalizing on what you have around your location is key," and these other markets are no exception.

American Orthopedic Society and National Council of Youth Sports Announce Partnership to Prevent Youth Sports Injuries

More than 3.5 million injuries requiring medical treatment occur annually in youth sports, according to the National SAFE KIDS Campaign and the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to the CDC, half of those injuries are preventable. Through the new partnership, AOSSM has made a generous financial donation to NCYS to support the STOP (Sports Trauma and Overuse Prevention) Sports Injuries program.

Winning Diamonds on the Diamond: Softball’s Home-Run in Popularity

Gone are the days of football, baseball, basketball, and soccer being the only sports that get team rings. If you go online and search “softball championship,” “softball championship rings” is the second search option that pops up. But what has caused such an upward climb in softball's popularity in recent years, and how are those experts preparing for the future?

Vendor Spotlight: Lasso Safe

Lasso Safe is an independent verification program and the globally recognized standard for the research, education, and certification of high-performance youth, amateur, and Olympic sport communities.

Trying to Find Familiarity Within the “New Normal”

Over the past year-and-a-half, the term ‘new normal’ has crept into the everyday vernacular of society due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For Wayne Moss, director of the National Council of Youth Sports (NCYS), one thing has been a bit of a shock over the past 12 months.