Recreational Sports League and Tournament Design and Scheduling

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Learn about the basic elements of designing and scheduling sports leagues and various types of tournaments.





League and tournament play is at the foundation of recreational sports. If your municipal park and recreation agency offers recreational programming, which most do, it will almost certainly offer sports programming for youth and adults in the form of leagues and tournaments. In this course, you will learn about the functioning of leagues and tournaments and how to plan them, design them, and create schedules for them.

This course is also part of the Fundamentals of Recreational Sports Management Certificate program. If you are taking the course outside of the certificate program, you will be assessed only via the multiple-choice quiz. If you are enrolled in the certificate program, you will be required to complete and upload a written assignment to be graded by the course instructor. All assignments must be passed in order to earn the certificate.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain recreational sports leagues and tournaments
  • Describe how to create a league schedule
  • Understand how to determine the format of a proposed tournament
  • Describe how to create and manage a tournament schedule

Course Chapters

  • Recreational Sports Leagues and Tournaments
  • Scheduling
  • Other Scheduling and Design Considerations

Recommended Background

This course is intended for front line park and recreation agency or other organization employees new to recreation programming.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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