Feature Article - June 2011
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State of the Industry 2011

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports and Fitness Facilities

By Emily Tipping

Who Are the Respondents?

Respondents are primarily decision-makers and facility management professionals. More than a third (34.7 percent) are directors, while another fifth (19.7 percent) represent administration management, including administrators, managers and superintendents. Some 15.6 percent are in operations facility management, including operations managers, facility managers, building managers and supervisors. More than one in 10 (11.1 percent) are the chairman, CEO, president, owner or vice president of their organization. The remainder of respondents represent positions in program or activity administration, including activity or program directors, managers, coordinators, specialists and coaches (10.7 percent). Around 7 percent of respondents said they had an "other" position, and 1 percent represented service professionals such as planners, designers, architects and consultants.

There was no statistical difference in the regions represented by this year's survey respondents, compared with last year's respondents. As last year (and every year of the survey, for that matter), the largest group (29.1 percent) of respondents hailed from the Midwest. This includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. (See Figure 1.)

The next largest group, at 21.7 percent of the survey population, came from the West, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

These regions were followed by the South Atlantic. Some 18.4 percent of respondents said they were from Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia

Slightly fewer, 17.2 percent, came from the Northeast, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont.

Finally, 13.3 percent of respondents were from the South Central region, which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

As last year, just 0.4 percent of respondents said they were not from the United States.

For further information on the survey results broken down by regional division, turn to page 36.