Recreational Sport Programming, 5th ed.

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Author(s): Richard F. Mull
Scott A. Forrester
Martha L. Barnes

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Recreational Sport Programming is a comprehensive resource for recreation and leisure studies curriculums that presents theoretical and practical content for the professional’s role in sports programming as it relates to all recreational organizations and agencies—youth/adult leagues, tournaments, club activity, and drop-in play.

With its in-depth look at the delivery of sport programming, this text includes a sound theoretical foundation, detailed sports delivery responsibilities, plus key information regarding resource connections and administrative involvement.

It is a practical, hands-on resource for all future professionals.

Table of Contents: 


  1. Identified and Realized
  2. A Specialized Field
  3. A Management Model


  1. Fitness
  2. Learning
  3. Fun


  1. Instructional Sport
  2. Informal Sport
  3. Intramural and Extramural Sport
  4. Club Sports


  1. Staffing
  2. Funding
  3. Facilities
  4. Equipment


  1. Program Planning
  2. Marketing
  3. Maintenance
  4. Legal Concerns
  5. Career Implications

About the Author(s)

Richard F. Mull

Richard F. Mull, MS, retired from Indiana University after 35 years of service. He served the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (renamed the School of Public Health) in capacities as assistant professor (1972-2006); and as director of IU Campus Recreational Sports (1972-1992), HPER Auxiliary Operations; Center for Student Leadership Development; Tennis Center; and Outdoor Pool.

During his IU career, Mull created the Center for Student Leadership Development, a campus-wide leadership development concept that incorporated academic courses for student volunteers from various student organizations. He also created a student organization, Council for Advancing Student Leadership and was a significant influence with the development of the Student Recreational Sports Association, an active student voice in campus recreational sports.

His numerous professional contributions to the field led to his receipt of the 1989 Honor Award from the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA). In 1994, he was inducted into the Professional Hall of Fame in the School of Sport and Physical Activity at West Virginia University. In 2006, Mull received the Office for Women’s Affairs Athletic Award at Indiana University for his commitment to advancing opportunities for women in sport. Other awards included the Shoemaker Special Merit Award from the Division of Student Affairs, the Armstrong Ambassador Award from the IU Foundation, and the Student Recreational Sports Association Honor Award.

Mull has served as consultant and advisor in the field of recreational sports for more than 40 years. He also coauthored Recreation Facility Management, a current text used in the field of recreation and leisure studies. He also served as chairperson of the NIRSA’s professional development committee, assistant chairperson of the NIRSA Standards Committee, and vice president of NIRSA. His contributions to this text include chapters 1-3, 13, 14, and 17. Throughout his career, Mull’s special interests included professional preparation, student development, management, and leadership.

Scott A. Forrester

Scott Forrester, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada where he teaches courses in recreation programming, statistics, and campus recreation.

He was previously an intramural graduate assistant and a doctoral research assistant in the Division of Recreational Sports at Indiana University while completing his master’s degree in Recreational Sport Administration and his Ph.D. in Leisure Behaviour.

He also briefly served as the interim Assistant Director for Club Sports at Indiana University.

He is a lifetime member of NIRSA and currently serves on the editorial board for NIRSA’s Recreational Sports Journal and is a member of NIRSA’s Research and Assessment Committee.

He has given numerous local, provincial, state, national, and international presentations on various topics related to recreational sports and has co-authored more than two dozen articles on the topic.

His research examines the psycho-social determinants and benefits of participation in campus recreational sports and over the years his research has been recognized several times by NIRSA’s President’s RSJ Award for Outstanding Writing.

Martha L. Barnes

Martha Barnes, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, where she teaches courses in community recreation, finance, and planning. Barnes received her Ph.D. in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo. Previously, she worked as an assistant director at the Indiana University Tennis Center after the completion of her master’s degree at Indiana University in Recreation Administration. Her research is focused on improving the delivery of sport and recreation in communities. Specific past projects have included understanding community partnerships, park use, sport councils, volunteer management, and networks among sport and recreation organizations. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally for associations such as the National Recreation and Park Association, North American Society for Sport Management, Canadian Association for Leisure Studies, and World Leisure on various topics related to community sport and recreation. Her work has also been published in several refereed, professional journals, related to recreation and sport management.