Improving communities through sport

How to Develop Pickleball Courts at Your Facility

Tennis and Pickleball Courts

Image courtesy of Bridger Bowcutt on Unsplash If you are reading this, then you have likely been bombarded by emails or suggestions to implement pickleball courts at your facility. The pickleball craze is real and seems to only grow in popularity with every day that passes. To stop the barrage of requests and provide your community […]

Community Rec Center or National Tournament Venue… Why Not Both?

Sand Mountain Park and Amphitheater

Image courtesy of Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater For a small local community, having a beautiful state-of-the-art field or court to practice and play sports on used to feel like a pipe dream. But with the surge in popularity of youth sports tourism, that pipe dream is becoming a reality for several small towns across […]

How to Make Parks More Accessible and Inclusive

Aerial shot of playground

Image courtesy of DroneflyerNick on Unsplash Parks are important public spaces for promoting health, well-being, and social interactions. However, not everyone has equal access to these greenspaces. Many people, especially those with disabilities, face challenges when accessing parks due to structural, social, and economic barriers. In addition, some communities lack access to parks altogether. As […]

How to Run a Successful Sports Camp

Kids Baseball

Image courtesy of Eduardo Balderas on Unsplash You might think that hitting your revenue goal is the indicator of success for your sports camp. And it’s great if that happens. However, the true indicator of success for a camp is whether you were able to create an experience that was fun for kids and easy […]

Documents Needed When Planning a Recreation Center and Sports Complex


Image courtesy of Daniel McCullough on Unsplash Before an idea for a sports complex can even be drawn up by an architect, there are several documents that should be used to help make informed decisions every step of the way. Constructing a new sports facility is a complex process so it is always good to plan […]

How Youth Sports Complexes Support Children’s Health

Alliance Football Club

Image courtesy of Alliance Football Club on Unsplash Did you know that when in captivity, octopi will get bored if they aren’t provided with enough activities or puzzles? And when they are bored, they get depressed and sometimes begin to eat their own arms. Kids are very similar, except for the arm thing. It is […]

How to Foster Inclusivity at Sports Facilities

Adaptive Sports

Image courtesy of Audi Nissen on Unsplash I have been a benchwarmer for nearly my entire life. I played soccer for over 10 years and probably spent about 2 or 3 hours total on the field of an actual game. I knew very early on that I wasn’t very good and that I would probably never […]

3 Benefits of Using a Food Truck at Your Sports Facility

Food Truck Photo Credit S O C I A L . C U T

Image courtesy of S O C I A L . C U T on Unsplash The food truck trend really blew up in 2008. Every year since then, experts have predicted that the fad would slowly die out, yet the food truck industry continues to grow. And for good reasons. Food trucks have a low initial […]

5 Unique Non-Sports Events You Can Host at Your Facility, Part 2

Trunk or Treat Photo Credit Jason Jarrach on Unsplash

Image courtesy of Jason Jarrach on Unsplash Sports facilities are typically associated with hosting sports games and events, but did you know that they can also be used for non-sports events? From music concerts to business conferences, sports facilities offer a versatile space that can be adapted to accommodate a variety of events. In this listicle, […]

5 Unique Non-Sports Events You Can Host at Your Facility

Car Show

Guest post written by Cameron Connelly, Content & Research Coordinator, The Sports Facilities Companies.  Soup bowls might be designed to hold bisques and broths but that shouldn’t stop you from filling them with your favorite cereal. The same goes for sports facilities. If your facility is designed to host large sports tournaments then it likely has a […]

Sporting Events That Venues Should Be Pursuing, And Why


Guest post written by Cameron Connelly, Content & Research Coordinator, The Sports Facilities Companies.  Hosting sports tournaments and events is a great way to maximize the use of your facility and increase the revenue and economic impact that it generates. But it seems that nearly every youth sports facility is focused primarily on baseball, softball, or basketball. […]

Is Sports Complex Optimization and Outsource Management Right for your Facility?


Guest post written by Cameron Connelly, Content & Research Coordinator, The Sports Facilities Companies.  After completing the long and arduous process of designing and constructing a sports facility, there are still several hurdles to jump over to make sure that the facility meets its definition of success. Even if everything is going well, sometimes the growth that […]

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