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April Showers

Posted By Diquan Edmonds, North Carolina Recreation and Park Association, Monday, April 24, 2017
Updated: Saturday, April 15, 2017

Everybody knows the old adage: April showers bring May flowers. Sometimes, the rain can wreak havoc on your outdoor recreation programs. This wellness blog will give you some easy tips on how to stay active indoors when the weather's not cooperating.

Spring in agencies across North Carolina usually means the return of outdoor athletics. Soccer, baseball, and softball are some of the major athletics that are coming back outside. When rain strikes and field conditions become unplayable, players are often sent home in disappointment without engaging in any physical activity.

If your department has any facility availability, there are a few indoor activities you can offer athletic participants instead. When communicating with athletic leagues regarding cancellations, be sure to refer them to this “rain-out” plan. Provide your youth league coaches with the following skill drills that can easily be conducted indoors:

Soccer Drills:

Baseball/Softball Drills:

The internet has tons of athletic drills that can be easily implemented indoors. Depending on your indoor facility availability, a quick search can allow you to adapt indoor drills to fit the needs of your athletic leagues.

The internet can also be very useful when your plans of exercising outdoors get ruined by the bad weather. In September, the wellness blog wrote about online fitness and provided some great resources to make the most out of your indoor fitness routines.

Additionally, springtime brings an increased chance of severe weather in our state. Be sure that you are aware of your department’s severe weather plan to ensure everyone’s safety. It may also be a good idea to invest in a few outdoor thunder strike monitors. These little pagers will notify outdoor staff when a lightning strike has occurred, and how far away it is.

I hope that this wellness blog has given you some ideas on how to approach rain cancellations in the future!


Tags:  NCRPA Wellness  Wellness 

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