NIRSA 2012 Conference: ‘Navigating the Future of Collegiate Recreation’

The National Intramural Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) is hosting it’s annual conference in Tampa, Florida from March 27 – 30, 2012. For our campus rec people out there: will we be seeing you there? More than 2,000 campus recreation professionals and students will gather to discuss new innovations and more at the conference titled, “From Ideas to Innovation: Navigating the Future of Collegiate Recreation.”

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How 4 Universities are Benefiting from Campus Recreation Software

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Campus recreation departments strive to make the campus community healthier by opening great facilities and offering active programs, classes, and events. But sometimes, the day-to-day management takes time away from focusing on that mission. Here are four examples of how campus recreation software has helped management, staff, and students spend more time on health and less on paperwork:     Continue reading

How are you Celebrating National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day?

Tomorrow is National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day. The sponsor, NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association), has a message for all involved in campus recreation: “It’s your day. Celebrate it your way.” What are your plans for tomorrow?

Some background

NIRSA was founded on February 22, 1950 and members voted to create this day in 1999 as a way of celebrating the positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness, and wellness. NIRSA now includes 4,000 professional, student and associate members throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. Those members serve more than five million students who regularly participate in campus recreational sports programs.

How to get involved

It’s time to celebrate the value of sports, fitness, and wellness in our college communities. So pat yourself on the back and enjoy the day!


How to Use Foursquare for Your Recreation Department

foursquare for recreation facilitiesIt’s time to check-in with this whole Foursquare thing. Now, I understand that it’s hard enough to keep up with social media from Facebook‘s changes to Google throwing it’s hat into the social ring, but Foursquare is unique for rec departments.

If you have physical locations like gyms, parks, rec centers, pools, fitness centers, and athletic fields (sound familiar?), Foursquare allows you to entice and connect with customers as they physically visit your facilities. Let’s jump into it:  Continue reading

UC Santa Cruz Reaches its Yearly Goal of $5000 in 2 Days (Case Study)

UCSC campus recreation softwarePrior to 2010, the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) offered its 16,000 students access to more than 200 physical activities, recreations, and sports with a pen, piece of paper, a small system for registrations, and some Excel sheets.

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3 Simple Steps for Developing an Online Recreation Guide

Online Recreation GuideMany Parks and Recreation Centers are transitioning from hard copy printed brochures to interactive online versions. Not only is this a much cheaper option but it is also a greener way of communicating with your customers and offers 24/7 access to the most up-to-date recreation information. By sharing your interactive guide on your website you can also drive traffic through search engine optimization in your content and actively track and measure how many people are accessing and using your guide using web analytics. Continue reading