Going Virtual to Create A New Event Called Virtual Artistic Swimming
By Baylee Robinson, Events & Membership Director, USA Artistic Swimming
Looking back at 2020 and what we all went through is overwhelming, but it also shows how resilient the sport industry can be. Last year was full of planning, cancelling, planning again, moving, postponing and transitioning into a virtual world. To say 2020 was stressful and exhausting is an understatement of the year, it was so much more. It was devastating to watch but looking back now I can see how successful we all really were.
USA Artistic Swimming (USAAS) went through a lot of same struggles but as a unique sport we were able to create a unique competition opportunity, Virtual Artistic Swimming. We never thought COVID-19 would last as long as it did and we wanted to provide our athletes a light at the end of a dark tunnel. Our athletes had now gone over a year without an in-person event and the motivation to keep training without a...
The COVID-19 pandemic has given us many lessons to learn. One of those, according to McKinsey & Company, is how companies are able to weather major, unforeseen disruptions. Organizations that have been able to adapt to the challenges of this pandemic are resilient.
What does it take to be one of those resilient organizations? What lessons can you learn to bring your own organization into this next normal? McKinsey & Company broke it down into five characteristics they believe these companies share:
Establish a common purpose and clear communications
Having clear principals for a company is important. Many companies found their purpose though was challenged at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Resilient companies were able to recognize this and alter their purpose.
Along with this clear, common purpose came clear and frequent communication. Being able to allow your employees and co-workers in on that vision will allow them to feel invested in it.
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Uncertain times come with a lot of questions. One area of concern that raises questions is insurance claims and policies. Buchalter, a law firm based in Los Angeles, focused on that topic in a recent webinar.
The webinar focused on different insurance issues including…
Event cancellations (10:10 & 29:20)
What are my options if my event was canceled?
Fall events (16:25)
What steps can I take to protect my future events?
Premium payments (7:20 & 40:20)
What if I can’t make a payment?
Contaminated property (46:20)
What can I claim as COVID-19 contaminated property?
Future of insurance (58:15)
What will future insurance policies look like?
This is a complicated time for all of us. We hope that this webinar and other resources found on our website will help answer questions you may have in our COVID-19 section.
As we navigate these challenging times, Sports ETA is offering a series of free webinars led by the leadership of the organization. Below is the first week’s schedule. Stay tuned for future webinars.
Sports ETA and Industry Update
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
2:00 p.m. ET - 3:00 p.m. ET
Al Kidd, President & CEO, Sports ETA
Dr. Jennifer Stoll, Research and Education, Sports ETA
Janis Burke, CEO, Harris County - Houston Sports Authority/Chair, Sports ETA
Janis Ross, CSEE, CMP, VP of Events & Experiences, Sports ETA
In this session, the panel will provide an industry update amid the COVID-19 outbreak and how Sports ETA will provide resources for its membership during this time.
Creating and Communicating New Business Solutions in a Crisis
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
1:00 p.m. ET - 2:00 p.m. ET
Led by Jackie Reau, CEO, Game Day Communication
In these uncertain times surrounding COVID-19, we will discuss how...
CINCINNATI (March 20, 2020) – Sports ETA, the association for the sport tourism industry, announced its revised schedule of 2020-21 programs to bring the national membership and sports events leaders in the industry together for educational and networking opportunities.
The Annual Symposium has been moved to August 2-5, 2020, remaining in Kansas City, Missouri, and will bring hundreds of sports events and tourism professionals and industry partners together to exchange resources, strategies and more. The Symposium features dozens of education sessions, networking opportunities, and business development discussions, all to help Sports ETA members elevate their sports events and improve their work in their destinations. Registration for 2020 is open. The 2021 Annual Symposium will be held April 26-29 in Birmingham, Alabama.
Attendees can focus on the four S’s of sports events and tourism: strategy, service, sales, and sponsorship at this year&rsqu...
We wanted to share with you that we will move our Annual Symposium in Kansas City, Missouri, amid the COVID-19 concerns and a ban on holding mass gatherings for the next 60 days (originally scheduled for April 20-23 in Kansas City).
We are working with the Convention Center and our host hotels to identify a new date for the Symposium and will let you know as soon as all is confirmed.
Here are the details for your reference:
If you have already registered, your registration including any add-ons (CSEE, Sunrise Run, Golf, Community Service Project) will be automatically moved to the new date. There will be no need to register again.
Hotel reservations made through our official housing system will be automatically canceled on your behalf once the new dates are announced. If you made your own reservations, please cancel them directly.
During this extraordinary time, Sports ETA will be announcing a series of on-line networking a...
As you plan your sporting events and meetings over the next few weeks, we advise you to follow state and local guidelines regarding COVID-19. Sports ETA is closely monitoring the recommendations from the CDC and World Health Organization (WHO) and will continue to communicate best practices as they evolve.
Sports ETA is here to help. Our goal is to provide our members with the tools and resources necessary to navigate through this tough time, including accurate and up-to-date information on the effects of COVID-19 and the sports events and tourism industry.
Sports ETA Updates
2020 - 21 Sports ETA New Event Dates
Sports ETA to move its annual Symposium
Sports ETA to move 2020 Women's Summit
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Industry News and Updates
PCB Sports Complex introduces Social Distancing Sports Challenge
SportsTravel - Sports-Event Industry Rea...
As the COVID-19 situation evolves, it’s important for business leaders to create a plan and continuously monitor the situation (literally, minute by minute).
Overall, we recommend the following protocol for businesses: Be aware of the evolving situation with COVID-19 as it relates to your state, review/update your current policies for employees, stakeholders and customers, and creatively plan new opportunities to minimize business loss.
Below is a working template for a response plan to effectively communicate to stakeholders during this time of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19.
·Monitor the daily news coverage disseminating from the Governor of your state as he/she has the power to create mandates and disseminate funding for support and health care access
· Connect with your industry association to determine industry best practices for your organization and business, i.e. Ohio Restaurant Association
·Create Google alerts on ...
Sports ETA announced today that it will move its Women’s Summit in New Orleans due to concerns surrounding COVID-19. We are currently working on a plan to reschedule the Summit for later in the year.
Additionally, we are continuing to evaluate options surrounding the annual Symposium from April 20-23 in Kansas City and will provide more information next week. We are going to delay opening the appointment portal until all Symposium details are confirmed. Once all details are finalized, communication will be shared with all registered attendees.
Take a look at this COVID-19 Response Plan from our PR partners, Game Day Communication.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Janis Ross, janis@SportsETA.org, 541.915.9479.
President and CEO
Dear Sports ETA Members,
As we prepare for two upcoming member education programs, the Women’s Summit from April 1-3 in New Orleans and the annual Symposium from April 20-23 in Kansas City, we would like to assure you we are monitoring the developments around the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact on our events.
Both cities have assured us they are taking precautions as outlined by the CDC, which we are also following for both events.
We want to ensure our members and guest speakers enjoy the programming we have planned for both programs. If you have specific questions about the program and/or travel to the programs, please contact Janis Ross at 541.915.9479 or Janis@SportsETA.org.
Janis Burke, CSEE, Sports ETA Board President & CEO of the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority
Al Kidd, President & CEO, Sports ETA