Applied Recreational Research
and Programming Annual

Veronica Snow, Ed.D. Senior Editor
Angelo State University
Warren K. Simpson, Ed.D., Editor Emeritus
Angelo State University

Associate Editors
Allyn Byars
, Angelo State University
Duane Crider, Kutztown University
Gerard Lyons, Idaho State University
Kayla Peak, Tarleton 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
  2. Youth Recreation
  3. Innovative Recreation Program Designs
  4. Innovative Designs in Club Sports and Coaching
  5. Disabled/Special Populations Recreation
  6. Community Recreation
  7. Military Recreation
  8. Recreation Management/Administration/Leadership
  9. Legal Issues in Recreation
  10. Fitness and Wellness Programming
  11. Recreation in Educational Settings/Campus Recreation
  12. Outdoor Recreation
  13. Summer Camp Management
  14. Resort Management and Tourism Issues
  15. Therapeutic Recreation
  16. Recreation Facilities Management
  17. Aquatics
  18. Leisure Pursuits
  19. Book and DVD Reviews


Dear Colleagues and Readers,

Welcome to the 6th edition of the Applied Recreational Research and Programming Annual (ARRPA). As with any new independent journal, patience is a must. It is the slow but steady increase of manuscript submissions, via word of mouth and active recruitment of manuscripts from authors from various specialized professional areas that the quantity and quality of manuscript submissions improves the value of the journal and its effectiveness within the constituency it was meant to provide for.

Remember the design of the ARRPA journal emphasizing our goals are twofold. First, we want to provide a unique outlet for applied recreational research efforts. Secondly, we want to provide a unique outlet for an exchange of recreational concepts, ideas and program design exchanges among the many various constituents within the recreation profession, including student activities programming which falls under the category of recreation/leisure time programs.

The major goal of our editorial board is the encouragement of more graduate students and entry level professionals to develop their professional writing skills by submitting short concise (6-8 pages) program design manuscripts for publication review. This is a twofold benefit for the recreation profession. First, it can improve writing skills and decrease the anxiety of writing for publication. Secondly, it is a great method for sharing programming concepts and ideas that can help other colleagues, in the professional network umbrella, improve their own personal knowledge and programs.

As a unique independent journal we can always use, and need, our readers assistance. Independent journals rely on individual and library subscriptions to provide our product. Thus, we encourage you to promote the ARRPA to your colleagues and staff members and graduate students, encouraging them to both submit manuscripts and even possibly obtain individual subscriptions. Also, please consider requesting your libraries order a subscription to the ARRPA so that students may utilize its contents. Possibly its availability may also be used as a way to encourage graduate students to consider working with professionals on collaborative efforts for written publication submissions; or even be a viable option for a course textbook.

ARRPA has, what we believe is strong and professionally committed Associate Editorial Board and an outstanding and dedicated Review Board of professionals from the various constituencies of the recreation field. And, we are always for more colleagues, to join our Review Board, and be willing to share their time and expertise to help all our professional colleagues. Again our purpose and quest is to increase professionalism in a world that emphasizes “enabling” persons, rather than “encouraging” them to go above and beyond to strive for excellence! Consider this a concerted effort to mentor and develop more professional collegiality.

Enjoy this edition of ARRPA and feel free to send us your comments on it. We hope many of you will consider submitting manuscripts to us for review and potential publication, as we look forward to hopefully working with each of you in the future.

Veronica Snow and Associate Editors