Sport

Health concerns, increasing costs and competitiveness engender evolution in Arizona youth sports

Children not that far removed from learning to walk are bouncing and shooting basketballs through Hula Hoops instead of a rim at Beginners Edge Sports Training.

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Soccer’s success in Arizona validated by international events, youth soccer expansion

The announcement that the Copa America Centenario would bring international soccer matches to the Valley next summer was cheered by local officials who believe the powerhouse tournament will foster the development of the sport in Arizona.

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Performance-tracking technology makes its way into youth sports

When Dave Dengerink arrived at Texas Rush Soccer Club in Spring, Texas, as the youth soccer academy’s director of coaching and player development three years ago, he knew the kids possessed intangibles and skills few across the country owned.

Julie Johnston playing soccer

Playing multiple sports can prevent young athletes from burning out

Madison Woolgare balances two sports as a sophomore at Desert Vista High School, competitive cheer and swimming.

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Arizona is fastest growing state for youth hockey participation

According to USA Hockey's 2014-15 annual report, Arizona is the fastest growing state for youth hockey. Cronkite News reporter Rebecca Winn found out what factors may be contributing to the sudden growth of the sport in the Valley.

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Diamondbacks new uniforms an attempt to draw in younger demographic

The Arizona Diamondbacks have shed their skin for the second time in franchise history. On Thursday night at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks unveiled seven brand-new bold uniforms with designs that are a clear nod to a younger demographic and the next generation of Diamondbacks baseball.


Pickleball progresses in popularity, particularly in Arizona

Pickleball, which shares many qualities with other paddle sports, is one of the fastest growing recreational sports in the United States, particularly among older athletes.


Another major sporting event headed to the Valley

Phoenix has been selected as one of 10 U.S. metro areas that will host the Copa America Centenario 2016, an international soccer tournament that will feature teams from 16 countries from across the Americas and Caribbean.

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ASU student coach excelling in wheelchair basketball

On advice of a physical therapist, David Gonzales took up the game and now coaches the ASU wheelchair team.

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Grammy winners, downtown Phoenix fan fest headline College Football Playoff championship weekend events

Grammy Award-winning artists The Band Perry and Ciara, as well as Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer John Mellencamp, are among the performers headlining a free, three-day outdoor concert series leading up to the College Football Playoff National Championship game Jan. 11 at University of Phoenix Stadium.


D-backs’ ‘Throwback Thursday’ campaign brought back rich memories for team, fans

In the fall of 2001, the Valley was painted purple and teal as the upstart Diamondbacks, just four seasons into their existence, were locked in a World Series battle with the storied New York Yankees.

Paul Goldschmidt stands in the on-deck circle in a game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Photo by Torrence Dunham/Cronkite News)

ASU hockey’s first varsity game was a night to remember

It had been three years since Connor Schmidt netted an NCAA goal. On Saturday night, he ended that drought when he scored the first goal in Sun Devil hockey program history during Arizona State’s first NCAA game.