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    X-treme ProgrammingDr. Erik Rabinowitz

    Appalachian State University&

    David Rogers

    Oklahoma State University

    NRPA 2005 San Antonio, TX

    Session 434

    100s of free ppts from

    www.pptpoint.com library

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    Introduction

    The advertisement for Sir Ernest Shackleton's1914-17 Trans-Antarctic expedition read:

    'Men wanted: For hazardous journey. Small

    wages, bitter cold, long months of completedarkness, constant danger, safe returndoubtful. Honor and recognition in case ofsuccess.

    Once boys were sent out to freezing footballand rugby fields to make men of them; nowthey might assault a half-pipe instead.

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    Snowboarding - Once the stepchild of the

    ski slopes - now claims 7.2 millionparticipants, up 51 percent from 1999. Acrowd favorite at the Winter Olympics.

    Skateboarding - Surged 49 percent

    around 14 million participants. Wakeboarding -An increase of 32

    percent to 3.5 million participants.

    The subgenre of "board" sports thus getsa clean sweep of the top three growthpositions among all alternative sports.(American Sports Data, 2004)

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    Inline Skating. There are more inline skaters thanthe combined number of H.S. baseball players (9.7

    million) and football players (5.4 million). Paintball. Showed a growth by more than 60%

    since 1998 from 5.9 million to 9.6 million in 2004.

    Artificial Wall Climbing.Around 7.7 million

    participants. Mountain Biking. 2nd most popular extreme sport

    in the U.S. with 8.6 million participants at least onceper year and 3.4% of Americans riding 20+ days ayear.

    Adventure Tourism. Estimated at 25%, or 55.5million Americans took a vacation where the primarypurpose was outdoor adventure.

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    BMX Bicycling. The average age of a BMX

    cyclist in 2004 was 24.7 years of age. Rock Climbing. i.e. Zero Gravity 9-18 years olds of

    which six of the nine climbers earned a spot on their

    respective national squads this year.

    Windsurfing. Nearly 30% of all windsurfers livein the south, and more than 55% of all

    windsurfers live in cities with a population of

    more than two million people.

    Kayaking. 130% growth to 10 million between1998-2004. 48% of participants were 16-24.

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    Skatepark popularity is growing as communitiesrecognize that its a safe way for teens to

    socialize. The National Safety Council and Consumer

    Safety Commission has stated thatskateboarding is the safest of all recreationalsports for teens.

    With 14 million teenage skatepark users in theU.S. and hundreds of skateparks underconstruction, the skatepark will soon be anessential element of every community park.

    Skatepark use is now the #1 rated recreationalactivity for teens in a Sport By SportComparison.

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    Extreme Olympics

    Climbing and Surfing have beenrecognized by the InternationalOlympic Committee.

    BMX slated to debut as a medalsport in 2008.

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    This extreme sports participation has increased

    as membership in team sports has decreased. Participation in baseball is down 28 percent

    since 1987, to 9.7 million players.

    Basketball declined by 5 percent in 2000 and

    17 percent from its 1997 peak.

    Since 1987, involvement in softball has

    dropped by 37 percent.

    Volleyball has plunged by 36 percent.

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    Whats the impact?

    More individualized ways of pushing

    yourself. There is no winning and losing

    as such, and little organization into

    teams or leagues. Each individual isreally competing against him/herself.

    While these are certainly desired

    developmental attributes, would offeringopportunities for team based extreme

    sport inhibit the development?

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    Benefits of Team Participation

    Attributes of team participation: socialrelationships, physical challenges, enhancingtheir skills and athletic ability, health

    promotion and honest competition. There is significant amount of evidence that

    team sports can increase a child's self-esteem and academic performance, while

    decreasing the likelihood of disease and druguse.

    Then again, to a child, all of these attributesequal the most desirable characteristic - morefun.

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    10 X-tremely necessary steps

    to setting up a X-team1. Assessment of potential

    Do you have enough participants?

    Survey Do you have a facility or practice

    location (i.e. a skatepark?)

    Are there available funds?

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    10 X-tremely necessary steps to

    setting up a X-team2. Create a Central Committee

    Produce flyers that proclaim your

    intentions. Get kids involved so they will drive the X-

    bus.

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    10 X-tremely necessary steps to

    setting up a X-team3. Find Volunteer Coaches

    BMX Bikers average age is 24.

    Skaters over the age of 20 are plentiful. Rock Climber average age is 22.

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    10 X-tremely necessary steps to

    setting up a X-team4. Get people to sign on Produce a news release for the local media.

    Announcing an upcoming meeting for parents

    and volunteers. Kids will keep you on task if youlet them.

    At the meeting, explain intentions to form a teamfor the benefit of ANY CHILD in the community.

    You will need board members, coaches, andteam parent(s).

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    10 X-tremely necessary steps to

    setting up a X-team5. Committees needed Elect a Chairperson

    Facilities Procurement

    Team Sponsor Committee local sponsorship Coach Selection Committee

    Finance Committee to estimate costs

    Constitution Committee, whos job is to flood thecommunity with the news and set next meeting time,policies and procedures creation (kid rep.)

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    6. Set up a bank account

    7. Create a constitution8. Apply for charter with X-Teams (connect

    with other communities)

    9. Pipeline the media and hold a registration10. Start first X-team practice

    10 X-tremely necessary steps to

    setting up a X-team

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    So What Do We Do Now?

    First and foremost, open your park tobikes

    Establish play days (let the good teach thebad & the ugly)

    Team time on the park

    Schedule exhibitions for the kids and the

    public (they dont have to be pros) Coordinate with other P&Rs in the region

    Let the big kids play too

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    How Do We Fund It?

    Donation/entry fees to events

    Bike/skate for the team

    Establish club vending at the park Local sponsorships

    Apply for grants

    Seems simple, but run an add in the paperasking for donations

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    How Do We Keep It Fair?

    A rating system

    The kids decide

    Establish trick lists Event judging panels (3 minimum)

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    What Other Problems Does It Solve?

    Maintenance

    Youth Involvement/investment

    Keeps kids engaged Shows them that they can make a

    difference in their community

    Breaks down US vs. THEM mentality

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    For adultsXXX-treme Sports Too

    Were not talking about nude street luging,

    but big kids want to play too

    We have to program outside our comfortzone

    X-up the camps (kayak academies)

    Adventure travel clubs Liability can be outsourced

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    The Possibilities Are Endless

    X-treme programming can be X-tremelyprofitable. Find what fits within yourprogramming, then find what doesnt and

    offer both.How long does it take for a fad to become atrend? Then, how long does it take for atrend to become a program? Whats holdingus back?

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    Questions?

    Dr. Erik Rabinowitz

    Appalachian State

    University

    The Holmes Center

    ASU Box 32071

    Boone, NC 28608-2071

    (828)262-2540

    [email protected]

    David A. Rogers

    Outdoor Adventure

    Oklahoma State University

    050 Colvin Rec. Center

    Stillwater, Ok 74078

    (405)744-7450

    [email protected]