Sports Planning Guide

This is Where Relationships Begin

This year’s name transformation for the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee exemplifies the changes that have broadened sports across the globe in an effort to include all types of athletes.

At Sports Planning Guide, we are fortunate to see up-close the advances in both designing facilities and creating events that allow athletes of all ages, races, genders, cultures and physical abilities to participate in sport.

One could even argue that e-sports is the ultimate in inclusiveness, as it significantly shifts the definition of athlete to include those outside the realm of traditional physical endeavor. There still is, however, work to be done regarding economic disparity and access for the less fortunate. The issue is clear, and organizations like Project Play are spearheading solutions.

This inclusion philosophy generates an enhanced spirit of sport that is shared by athletes and spectators alike. Inclusive sports raise the bar for all cultures and represent a worthy goal for all of life’s other endeavors. SPG salutes all of you who work each day to present sport opportunities for anyone seeking them.

We’re proud to be your partner! As you can see from this print guide, SPG continues to set the bar for the sports tournament industry. At the same time, is growing exponentially online.

Our destination videos are a big hit, and a new website design allows for intuitive navigation to help you find the venues and destinations that are perfect for your event. Our goal is singular: to help you, the tournament planner, rights holder and governing body find solutions to your planning needs.

Not content to rest on our laurels, we’re already developing new products and services for 2020. This year’s guide features 11 special state sections, plus a New England regional guide that includes new venues and attractions from our beautiful Northeast. Also inside is a debut piece from the SFM Network, the highflying facility operator that’s building 21st century facilities for 21st century athletes.

Finally, 39 destinations new to the guide are promoting hundreds of venues for you to choose from. We value collaboration and always appreciate your feedback. We encourage you to call or email us with any ideas for improvements to both our print publication and website. Contact me directly at 630-794-0696, ext. 508, or email

As you lean back and read SPG, take a deep breath and enjoy the ride. You work in a unique industry that centers around the joys of performance and competition. Every year you are creating lasting memories for millions of people, shaping lives with events. Where else would you get to do anything even close to that?

Featured Destination

Located in the heart of Northern California, the picturesque city of Redding is an outdoor sports haven. Labeled as the sunniest city in California with over 320 days of sunshine per year, Redding offers versatile sports venues for any event in any season.

Redding has been voted a top Outdoor Adventure Sports Spot for its world-class fishing, extensive trail system, and 11 nearby national and state parks. Whiskeytown Lake and Shasta Lake are pristine and inviting for swimming, sailing, or any kind of paddling, gaining TIME Magazine’s label as the “unofficial capital of kayaking.”

When not competing, take advantage of the recreation and amazing natural beauty of the area, explore the vibrant downtown scene, shop, dine or just relax.

The lodging facilities in Redding suit all budgets and visitors can now fly directly into the Redding Municipal Airport from San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Video Showcase

We’ve included some of the best selections from our videos section below. We hope you enjoy them.

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Previous Editions

2013 Edition

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2013 Feature Articles

  • Your Organization Can Plan An Event
  • Selecting Or Creating An Event
  • Selecting A Competition Venue
  • Event-Planning Timetable
  • Jobs To Be Done
  • Budgeting For Events
  • Event & Venue Checklist
  • Communication & Marketing Tips
  • Volunteers: A Key Ingredient To Success
  • Merchandise For Your Event
  • Critical Incident Response Plan
  • Event Forms: More Paperwork
  • After-Action Summary