Applied Recreational Research
and Programming Annual

Duane A. Crider, Ed.D. Senior Editor
Kutztown University
Gerard Lyons, Senior Associate Editor
Idaho State University
Warren K. Simpson, Editor Emeritus
Angelo State University

Associate Editors
Allyn Byars
, Angelo State University
Jordan Daniel, Angelo State University
Kayla Peak, Tarleton State University
Veronica Snow, Angelo State University
Peter Titlebaum, University of Dayton

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The Applied Recreational Research and Programming Annual (ARRPA) is an interdisciplinary annual designed to fill the void between applied research and concept designs found within the umbrella field of recreation through the dissemination of information to those who can best utilize it in a practical setting. It is designed to provide a two-in-one style journal. Authors can provide not only pertinent information from their applied recreational projects but also simply exchange program designs, ideas and concepts that can readily be considered to be put to practical use in any number of recreational settings served by the readership. This includes recreation program directors, specialists and practitioners, administrators, and educators found in a wide variety of settings such as campus recreation, military recreation, city parks and recreation centers, non-profit centers, resort mangers, commercial recreational personnel, etc.

The journal style will emphasize the use of lay terminology that can be understood by both professionals and those who are associated with the field through personal interest, thereby requiring the simplification of the interpretation and discussion sections of research reports to facilitate understanding by a broad readership.

This philosophy will facilitate the goal of the ARRPA which is to communicate and stimulate thought by applying research and conceptual program ideas to current trends in the field and profession. To accomplish this purpose, clarifications of applied research projects, theories, and conceptual ideas and designs will be disseminated to practitioners and the general readership for utilization in any all programs.

Submissions most appropriate to ARRPA include the following: (1) applied research studies, (2) positional papers, (3) original reports that directly impact the profession, (4) reports on innovative curriculum designs, special projects, unique recreational materials, (5) creative program designs, and (6) book reviews and annotated bibliographies. Additionally, general content areas to be found within the journal include, but are not limited to:

  1. Applied Recreation Research
  2. Youth Recreation
  3. Innovative Recreation Program Designs
  4. Club Sports
  5. Disabled/Special Populations Recreation
  6. Community Recreation
  7. Church Recreation
  8. Military Recreation
  9. Recreation Management/Administration/Leadership
  10. Legal Issues in Recreation
  11. Fitness, Health and Wellness Programming
  12. Recreation in Special Settings
  13. Outdoor Recreation
  14. Summer Camp Management
  15. Resort Management and Tourism Issues
  16. Therapeutic Recreation
  17. Intramural Recreation
  18. Recreation Facility Design and Management
  19. Aquatics
  20. Leisure Pursuits
  21. ESports
  22. Book and DVD Reviews


Dear Colleagues, Coaches, Readers, Reviewers and Contributors:

Welcome to the 8th edition of the Applied Recreational Research and Programming Annual 2019. There have been some changes made to the ARRPA as we continue with its reorganization. First we would like to thank you all for your patience during this transitional time and second welcome you to continue with your support through your submission of quality articles and the use of the journal in your classrooms and libraries.

I have been a reviewer for the Applied Research in Coaching and Athletics Annual for nearly two decades and on the Associate Editors Board of ARRPA since its initial release eight years ago. While Dr. Simpson will continue to be heavily involved in both journals, the Executive Editor role of ARRPA will be my assignment as we continue to promote the professional publishing of the interdisciplinary works that fall under the umbrella of recreation. The journal will continue to disseminate information that can best be utilized in a practical setting whether that information be research or conceptual programming in nature. The journal will continue to promote the communication of thoughtful articles that represent research studies, positional papers, reports specific to the profession, creative program design, and book reviews.

One new aspect of the ARRPA will be the process for submission of articles and review of articles. We have elected to utilize Scholastica to manage the submission and review of articles. Please see the link to Scholastica located in the Instructions to Contributors in this edition of the journal

We do want to extend our thanks again to American Press for its ongoing support and commitment to keeping this independent and non-association affiliated journal a viable resource for professionals. Thank you all for your ongoing support.

Duane Crider, Executive Senior Editor
Gerard Lyons, Senior Associate Editor
and the Associate Editors