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Recreational Sport

There are more opportunities than ever for employment in recreational sport, which means the need to prepare students with a solid foundation of the design, delivery, and management of recreational sport has never been more critical.
Recreational Sport is designed precisely with that need in mind. This text provides a contemporary perspective of recreational sport management, offering a comprehensive picture of recreational sport management for people in or entering all sectors of recreation and leisure, including public, nonprofit, private, and commercial.
"We saw a need for broad-based recreational sport programming that reflects the myriad of recreational sport activities and opportunities that are out there," says lead author Robert Barcelona. "To meet those increased needs and interests, people need to have an array of programming and management skills in recreational sport."
Barcelona and his coauthors help readers gain those skills in part by simplifying the complicated process of designing and delivering programs in various settings in recreation and leisure services. They present a macrocosm view of recreational sport in communities--a view that reflects the most current, application-based research in the field.
Their text places recreational sport squarely in the middle of the recreation and leisure curriculum and is supported by the recreational sport core competencies as developed by Barcelona himself. Those competencies are based on what recreational sport managers need to know and be able to do to grow and succeed in the profession, and they connect with the NIRSA recreational sport competencies developed in 2013.
In addition, Recreational Sport offers the following:

The text comes with an array of online ancillaries that will prove invaluable to both instructors and students. The instructor guide supports and extends the chapter content and offers numerous ideas for learning activities, projects, and topics for papers. It also supplies chapter summaries, glossary terms, and links to websites that contain information for both instructors and students. The test package has multiple-choice, true-or-false, matching, and short-answer questions that can interface with learning management systems, and the presentation package offers a visual overview of the material to help students retain the concepts.
"In teaching recreational sport for many years, I know that students first need to grasp the big picture of recreational sports," Barcelona says. "We deliver that big picture in addition to information on design, delivery, and management that every student needs to know to succeed, regardless of what recreational sport organization he or she is a part of."
That big-picture element, along with the cutting-edge information on program design, delivery, and management, sets this book apart. In the three parts of the book, students will be able to do the following:Recreational Sport is a textbook critical to students' future success in recreational sport management, offering the big-picture view of the field while offering practical guidance in and real-world examples of successful design, delivery, and management of recreational sport programming.
Part I: Theory, Philosophy, and Foundations of Recreational Sport
Chapter 1:Introduction to Recreational Sport
The Recreational Sport Profession
Learning Aids
Chapter 2: Physical Activity and Recreational Sport
Understanding Physical Activity and Inactivity
Benefits of Physical Activity
Promoting Physically Active Recreational Sport
Learning Aids
Chapter 3: Diversity and Inclusion in Recreational Sport
Sport for All
Legislation Guiding Professionals
Constraints on Participation
Programming Considerations
Learning Aids
Part II: Competencies of Recreational Sport Professionals
Chapter 4: Program Planning
Programming Philosophies
Programming Components
Learning Aids
Chapter 5: Structured Tournament Scheduling
Big Picture of Tournament Design
Round-Robin Tournaments
Elimination Tournaments
Challenge or Extended Tournaments
Learning Aids
Chapter 6: Facility Planning and Design
Developing and Refining Strategic and Master Plans
Benchmarking and Space Standards
Program Statements
Design and Construction Process
Facility Considerations
Learning Aids
Chapter 7: Financing and Marketing
Major Sources of Revenue in Recreational Sport
Marketing Techniques and Considerations
Customer Service
Learning Aids
Chapter 8: Risk Management
Liability and Risk
Liability Concerns
Creating a Plan to Manage Risk
Learning Aids
Chapter 9: Human Resources Management
Recreational Sport Personnel
Human Resources Processes
Learning Aids
Chapter 10: Technology Applications
Understanding the Scope of Technology
Computing Technology and Recreational Sport
Learning Aids
Part III: Recreational Sport Settings and Contexts
Chapter 11: Recreational Sport in the Community
Community Benefits of Recreational Sport
Community Recreational Sport Management in Typical Communities
Community Recreational Sport in Nontypical Communities
Community Recreational Sport for People With Disabilities
Learning Aids
Chapter 12: Youth Sport
Recreational Youth Sport Experience
Needs of Young Athletes
Changing the Current Culture of Recreational Youth Sport
Learning Aids
Chapter 13: Campus Recreational Sport
Foundations of Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation Facilities and Programs
Professional Development in Campus Recreation
Learning Aids
Chapter 14: International Sport Influence on Recreational Sport
Sport as a Unifying Body
International Sport Organizations
International Sport Models
Sport and the Olympics
Jobs and Career Opportunities
Learning Aids
Chapter 15: Careers in Recreational Sport
The Recreational Sport Field
Professional and Career Development in Recreational Sport
Learning Aids
About the Authors

Upper-level undergraduate text for recreational sport management courses. Reference for recreational sport professionals in public, nonprofit, and private sectors.


  • Robert Barcelona, PhD
  • Mary Sara Wells, PhD
  • Skye Arthur-Banning, PhD

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