December Industry News



SkeeterNew Sponsors For BASS Federation Nation Events

CELEBRATION, Fla.—The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (BASS) has secured presenting sponsors for the BASS Federation Nation Championship and BASS Federation Nation Divisionals. Yamaha Marine Group and Skeeter Boats will sponsor both; with the new sponsorship agreement, the tournaments will be titled the BASS Federation Nation Divisionals presented by Yahama Outboards and Skeeter Boats and the BASS Federation Nation Championship presented by Yamaha Outboards and Skeeter Boats.

Yamaha is an official engine sponsor of BASS and its tournaments, and Skeeter is an official boat sponsor of BASS. They will continue to serve as premier sponsors of the Bassmaster Classic, Bassmaster Elite Series, Bassmaster Opens and the Women’s Bassmaster Tour presented by Academy Sports & Outdoors and will support BASS youth initiatives, including the Bassmaster CastingKids Championship and Junior Bassmaster World Championship.

New Firm Provides Legal Counsel To Sports Organizations

AstiBALTIMORE—The law firm of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander LLC in Baltimore has hired Alison Asti to lead its sports and economic development practice. The new practice, Asti Strategic Advisors, will provide advice and consultation to economic development authorities and major league, minor league and university sports organizations in strategic planning, management, design and construction, contract negotiation, financing strategy and negotiation, project advocacy, contract dispute resolution and event organization.

Asti has 25 years’ experience in legal counsel and consultation, having most recently served as executive director and general counsel for the Maryland Stadium Authority. She was president of the Maryland State Bar Association for the 2007-2008 term.

MACST Expands Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C.—The Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports & Tourism (MACST) has announced new staff for the Columbia Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center (CMCC).

Taylor Smith has joined the CVB as a sales assistant. His tourism experience includes working with Marketing Telluride Inc. in Telluride, Colo.

Meredith Morris is a new outside sales manager for the CMCC. Morris will work with groups that typically hold events outside the state to bring their events back into South Carolina.

Moses Leon Drafts has joined the MACST as senior account manager, overseeing the organization’s general ledger, fixed assets and other areas.


US Youth Soccer Announces Regional Championships

FRISCO, Texas—California Youth Soccer Association-South and North Texas Soccer Association will host the 2009 US Youth Soccer Region IV and Region III Championships, respectively. The Region IV Championships will be held at Lancaster National Soccer Center on June 15-21, 2009. The Region III Championships will take place June 18-21, 2009, in a northern suburb of Dallas; the exact venue had not been announced at press time.

The Region IV Championships are expected to draw close to 4,500 players on 248 boys’ and girls’ teams from 14 western US Youth Soccer state associations, including the Region IV state champions and select runners-up from the US Youth Soccer Far West Regional League.

The Region III Championships are expected to draw more than 4,000 players on 184 boys’ and girls’ teams from 12 states, including the Region III state champions, drawn wildcard entries and Region III Premier League wildcard teams.

Regional winners of the U14 through U19 brackets will earn a berth to the 2009 US Youth Soccer National Championships.

Report Reveals Family Benefits Of Youth Sports Participation

NEW YORK—The Women’s Sports Foundation has released the findings of its study on children’s participation in sports and exercise, based on a survey conducted in partnership with Harris Interactive of 2,185 third through 12th-graders and more than 863 parents. “Go Out & Play: Youth Sports in America,” documents family benefits of youth sports participation and exercise—such as healthier, more content families and increased communication. Children from immigrant families, with disabilities and “at-risk, urban girls” reported fewer opportunities for sports participation and physical education classes, while suburban girls’ interest in sports and opportunities to play are on par with that of boys.

The complete report is available at

Round Rock To Host Youth Football Super Bowl

Round Rock, Texas—The Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau (RRCVB) will host the inaugural Monterrey, Mexico-Round Rock Super Bowl. The event, scheduled for Dec. 20 at the Round Rock ISD Athletic Complex (ISD), will be hosted by Marriott International, the City of Round Rock, the RRCVB, the ISD and Round Rock Youth Football. More than 300 visitors are expected for the youth football tournament that will feature three all-star games.


USA Triathlon Announces Upcoming Events

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—USA Triathlon (USAT) has released dates and locations for several events planned in 2009.

The USAT Winter Triathlon National Championship will be Jan. 11, 2009, in Mt. Bachelor, Ore. The event will feature a mass start run, mountain bike portion and will finish with a Nordic ski leg; all athletes can participate, as there will be no pre-qualifications. Age-group and overall winners will receive a $3,000 cash purse, and the top three male, female and age-group American finishers will qualify for the Elite World Championship in Gaishorn, Austria, in February 2009.

The 2009 USAT Collegiate National Championship will be April 18 in Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock will host the 2010 Collegiate National Championship as well. Registration for the 2009 championship opens Jan. 1.

The 2009 USAT Duathlon National Championship will be held April 25-26 in Richmond, Va. Richmond hosted the event in 2008 as part of the National Duathlon Festival, and will host the festival again in 2010. The 2009 event will qualify athletes for 12 age-group slots for the national team.

The 2009 and 2010 USAT Age-Group and Elite National Championships will be held in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The 2009 event will be Aug. 22. Tuscaloosa has hosted USAT events previously, including the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials and 2007 and 2008 USAT Collegiate National Championships.


Ocean Center To Host Cheer And Dance Championships In January

DELAND, Fla.—The Ocean Center in Daytona Beach is scheduled to host the Florida State Cheer and Dance Championships by Spirit Team Jan. 9-12, 2009. The event is expected to bring approximately 8,000 participants and their families to the Daytona Beach area.

The Ocean Center also will host the Orlando Volleyball Academy Jan. 23-25, 2009.

The facility re-opened in September after completing part of a $76 million expansion.

New Baseball Stadium To Open In June 2009

BURNSVILLE, Minn.—Developers are hoping to break ground by the end of the year on a new minor league baseball stadium in Burnsville, Minn., for the Metro Millers. The new 7,000-plus-seat stadium will see baseball action next June, even if the park is not fully constructed, according to a local news report. Long-term plans include a stadium village with retail shops and offices on roughly 200 acres near the ballpark.

Youth Hockey Association Plans New Multipurpose Arena

PRINCETON, Minn.—The Princeton (Minn.) Youth Hockey Association is currently fundraising for a new multipurpose arena estimated at $2.5 to $3 million. The association hopes to raise $1 million for the project, to include a regulation-size ice rink with stadium seating; two high school varsity locker rooms plus four team locker rooms; year-round ice; and other features that could accommodate multipurpose uses outside of ice events.

Former YMCA Site Approved For New Aquatic Facility

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Kansas City (Mo.) Park Board has approved master plans for an indoor/outdoor aquatic facility that will be built on 20 acres at the site of the former YMCA. Plans include an indoor pool with 25-yard lap lanes and diving, a separate indoor recreation pool and a therapy pool. The outdoor aquatic facility would include another recreational pool, water slides and a lazy river. Other attractions would include a nature trail, fitness stations, park shelters and football fields. A timeline for construction, which is set to occur in phases, has yet to be released.


USBC Announces New Site Of 2011 Open

ARLINGTON, Texas—The U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC) has selected the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., to host the 2011 Open Championships due to the delayed construction of the new bowling arena planned for Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The new facility was to be constructed on land that Walt Disney World Resort has made available at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. However, the private developer of the project has not been able to secure financing for the 100-lane facility in this struggling economy.

USBC had planned to hold 13 USBC Open and Women’s Championships from 2011-2029 at the new bowling arena in Lake Buena Vista. The new facility at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex still is expected to be open in time for the 2013 Women’s Championships.

US SAILING Releases New 2009-2012 Rulebook

PORTSMOUTH, R.I.—US Sailing has released “The Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012,” in advance of the organization’s new rules that take effect Jan. 1, 2009. Current members of US Sailing will receive a free copy of the rulebook.

The “Racing Rules of Sailing” are revised every four years by the International Sailing Federation. The U.S. rulebook includes prescriptions adopted by US Sailing for events held in the United States. For more information on the new rules and for additional copies of the rulebook, visit the organization’s website at