Capitalizing on interest in health and exercise, NovoSports promotes new, active, diverse ways for all citizens to become participants, non-spectators, to "get out," to establish new relationships with others and with the great outdoors. The Group may find special relevance to students of nearby community colleges and Virginia Tech recreational programs, both for study as well as creative student involvement and personal enjoyment. All of the proposed Novosports are conducted outdoors (with the exception of Gamma games). Money is made from memberships (as in a health or exercise club) and in activities suggested below. Caudill (1963:376) observed:
Population experts expect that by the year 2000 the number of Americans will have doubled. When this occurs, uncrowned recreational and vacation areas will be priceless. Millions of people will yearn for green and pleasant areas in which to find escape from the anxieties and tensions of competitive and crowded living. Already the super-metropolis has crept to the edge of the Southern Mountains, some four hundred miles from the rim of the plateau. The present generation of American owes to the next a positive duty to preserve the Southern highlands and to bequeath them in a useful and beneficial condition.
With these premises in mind and a preliminary youth strategy we can proceed to a consideration of how best to perform that duty.
NovoSports provides a superstructure from which a profitable generally-rural-based recreational enterprise can be created.
A new International Cross-Country Relay Race, Tetra is sponsored.
Not new, triathlon events are new to many rural areas and may be part of or central to other related activities of an area.
This unit of Rural System will:
Fees would be from participants, observers, and sales of parking, publications, advertising space, food, and race-oriented purchases. Advertising and sponsorships will also be a source of income.
We shall contact doctors and psychiatrists and make our therapeutic recreational experiences and vacations available. We shall employ a physical therapist specializing in executive class, white-collar health problems.
Example of a three new projects within the Novosports unit
See Atlatl Spear Throwing
Great World Ball
Great world ball is a diverse game for all ages played with a giant 8-foot diameter rubber or plastic ball typically covered with deer and goatskin. It is played in a 100-meter diameter circular field. There is an "equator" centerline and north and south poles. Two teams face each other and the ball and, on signal from the "tender" (the referee), try to push the ball to touch the competing team's pole. The game is one of strength, dexterity, stamina as well as strategy because "outside" becomes a competing force as the ball is pushed nearer to a pole. It is definitely a team sport. It can be a spectator sport, but participation of everyone is encouraged. It can be played in any season, indoor or out, any weather.
The game may be played by a single person (against time) pushing the ball around the field lines in a figure-8 pattern starting at the center of the "equator."
Otherwise, pairs up to hundreds of people of any age may play. It can be played by people in wheel chairs or by those with actual or imposed limitations (e.g., one-arm only).
The symbolism, lest it be missed on anyone, is that the total world, at least the world of the region, must be worked with vigorously and craftily to achieve goals. It must be done within legal and ecological constraints and rules. Teamwork is needed. Unusual events occur due to combined forces. Outlaws produce team losses. We can compete for mutual pleasure, health, and satisfaction. An additional note on World Ball and phase-2 description are available.
Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .
Robert H. Giles, Jr.
July 3, 2005, July 7, 2007