Keep up-to-date when adding technology to sports and fitness equipment
New technologies are created daily that affect the products being manufactured for both institutional and personal use in sports and fitness markets. As with recreation facility managers, the professionals who select, purchase, and incorporate equipment into programs and facilities need to be aware not only of the “latest and greatest” but also of what might be coming in the future.
What started as a group of physical educators, teachers, and coaches, emerges as a profession
As the activity offerings grew and more campus facilities were dedicated specifically to recreational pursuits, institutions also needed more full-time administrators. As a result, what started as a group of physical educators, teachers, and coaches helping students plan sporting events eventually emerged as a profession in its own right—one that now includes a myriad of positions.
Community relationships vital for campus recreational sports professional
The location of an institution of higher education affects the relationship between the community and the institution, which is known as the “town-and-gown” relationship. In many cases, the campus recreational sports department serves as a bridge between the institution and community.
The principles of the profession remain at its core today
The profession of campus recreational sports was founded on principles that remain at its core today: professional development of practitioners, nurturing of student learning and development, and dedication to promoting lifelong learning and healthy lifestyles for students and other members of the university community. Successful prospective professionals demonstrate a commitment to and understanding of these core principles.
Campus Recreational Sports provides the latest information, best
practices, and guidelines for the management of indoor and outdoor
recreation and sport facilities on college and university campuses.
Current and aspiring professionals will find guidance in personnel,
facilities, and services management as well as budgeting, marketing,
assessment, and risk management. Current topics of technology,
programming, and community building are also explored.
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Management of campus recreational sport facilities has expanded in both scope and complexity in the 21st century. Today’s state-of-the-art recreation and sport facilities offer high-end amenities for students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. Managing these diverse and complicated programs and facilities requires knowledge of operations, client services, and industry standards. Campus Recreational Sports: Managing Employees, Programs, Facilities, and Services addresses the unique skill set and knowledge base required of today’s campus recreation and sport facility manager.
This reference offers current and aspiring professionals a comprehensive and practical discussion of campus recreation management. Chapters covering foundational topics of budgeting, marketing, assessment, risk management, and management of personnel, facilities, and services are complemented by current topics in technology, programming, and community building.
Developed by the NIRSA, Campus Recreational Sports offers the latest industry guidelines and best practices based on the knowledge, expertise, and experience of leading campus recreation professionals across the nation. Both current and future professionals can rely on Campus Recreational Sports for guidance in the management of indoor and outdoor recreation and sport facilities.
Chapter 1. Evolution of Campus Recreational Sports: Adapting to the Age of Accountability Doug Franklin
Defining Campus Recreational Sports in a Changing World
Learning and the Age of Accountability
Evolution in Campus Recreational Sports: Adaptation in a Changing World
Organizational Fit and Location
Issues and Trends
Chapter 2. A Career in Campus Recreational Sports Sarah E. Hardin
Growth of the Profession
Campus Recreational Sports as a Career
Opportunities to Attain Professional Skills
Lifelong Learning: Professional Development Opportunities
Principles of the Profession
Chapter 3. Relationships in Campus Recreation: Professional, Institutional, and Community Doug Franklin
Interdepartmental and Intra-Institutional Relationships
Chapter 4. Budgeting and Internal Controls Maureen McGonagle
What Is a Budget?
Budget Submission and Approval
Chapter 5. Marketing Evelyn Kwan Green, Aaron Hill, and Bradley Hunt
Chapter 6. Assessment in Campus Recreational Sports Jacqueline R. Hamilton
History of Assessment
Contemporary Issues in Assessment
Standards of Comparison
Types and Areas of Assessment
Methodology and Research Design
Dissemination of Information
Chapter 7. Risk Management Jeff Sessine
Principles of Risk Management
Chapter 8. Technology for the Recreation Practitioner Robert L. Frye and José H. Gonzalez
Making the Right Selection
New Technology in Facility Management
New Technology in Sports and Fitness Equipment
Using Marketing Technology
Using Technology in Staff Development
Chapter 9. Personnel Stephen Kampf
Types of Recreation Employees
Chapter 10. Program Planning Using a Student Learning Approach Julia Wallace Carr
Step 1: Determine Priorities
Step 2: Develop Outcomes
Step 3: Develop Initiatives and Interventions
Step 4: Develop Measureable Outcomes
Step 5: Conduct Initiatives and Interventions
Steps 6 and 7: Conduct Assessment and Evaluation and Then Revise, Maintain, or Terminate
Chapter 11. Facilities Gordon M. Nesbitt
Standards and Guidelines
Chapter 12. Services William F. Canning and Jennifer R. de-Vries
Equipment Checkout and Rentals
Child Care and Babysitting
Chapter 13. Special Events Gordon M. Nesbitt
Rules and Officials Plans
Risk, Emergency, and Crisis Plans
Equipment, Uniforms, and Supplies
Food Service Plans
Event Evaluation Plan
About the Contributors
Reference for campus recreation professionals. Text for NIRSA and
recreation professors for use in courses discussing recreation and sport
facility management in general and campus recreation and sport facility
NIRSA is the premier association of leaders in collegiate
recreation who transform lives and facilitate the development of healthy
communities worldwide. By providing opportunities for learning and
growth, supporting and sharing meaningful research, and fostering
networking among our member community, NIRSA is a leader in higher
education and champion for the advancement of recreation, sport, and
wellness. Since its foundation in 1950, NIRSA membership has grown to
comprise nearly 4,000 dedicated professionals, students, and associates,
serving an estimated 7.7 million students. Supported by the National
Center team, based in Corvallis, Oregon, NIRSA is governed by volunteer
leaders from across North America.