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National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security e-newsletter | June 3, 2021

Experience the Breathtaking Beauty of the Sonoran Desert at NCS⁴’s National Conference

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees for the 12th Annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference & Exhibition! The NCS⁴ team is busily preparing to see everyone on November 9-10 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix to Reconnect. Reflect. Inspire. Thanks to Aluma for partnering with us on this event as Title Sponsor.

The conference will provide an opportunity to reconnect with peers, reflect on industry changes and technological advancements, and support and inspire professionals making a difference in the safety and security of the sports and entertainment industries.

In addition to keynote speakers, an awards luncheon, and interactive panel discussions, attendees will have the opportunity to attend breakout sessions, explore emerging technologies, and network with peers during the conference.

To unwind after the conference, attendees can explore the 316-acre resort and surrounding Sonoran Desert. The resort features five swimming pools, a spa, and two championship golf courses. It is surrounded by desert vistas and mountain views with opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and outdoor shopping nearby.

Additional information will be released soon, including topics, agenda, and speaker bios. Early-bird registration is available through Sept. 1 with fees of $500 for NCS⁴ Connect members and $535 for non-members. Prices will increase by $50 after Sept. 1.

Please mark your calendar and make plans to join us! Click the button below to visit the conference website and register for the event or to find out more.

Thank You to our Sponsors & Exhibitors

To register as an exhibitor, please visit the conference website. To request a sponsor packet or for assistance, please contact Sara.Priebe@usm.edu.

NCS⁴ Seeking Applicants for Training Manager Position

NCS⁴ is now hiring for the position of Training Manager. This person will be part of a dynamic team of individuals responsible for the day-to-day supervision of instructional and support staff, including evaluations, scheduling, and administrative oversight for the DHS/FEMA sport safety and security training program. For more information about the position or to apply, click the link below.

If you know of someone who might be a good fit for the position, please share this information with them. Thank you!

New Benefits Announced for Certified Sport Security Professionals (CSSP)

With the support and encouragement of the CSSPs, NCS⁴ has created a space for current CSSPs to share their insights and experiences, seek input from others holding the certification, and build valuable connections. We are proud to announce that all current CSSPs will receive a complimentary membership to NCS⁴ Connect, where they can engage professionals in the sports safety and security industries. Additionally, current CSSPs are invited to join a newly-created private group on LinkedIn.

All current CSSPs were emailed information about the private LinkedIn group and complimentary NCS⁴ Connect membership. If you are a CSSP who is already a member, please fill out the form, and we will convert your membership to complimentary for the duration of your certification. If you are a current CSSP and did not receive the aforementioned communication, please reach out to Joslyn.Zale@usm.edu.

For more information about the Certified Sport Security Professional, visit the website by clicking the link below.

Congratulations Gary Stevens for the Story Featured in Athletic Business

Gary Stevens, co-chair of NCS⁴’s Interscholastic Advisory Committee, recently co-authored a story on how COVID changed high school athletics that appeared in the May issue of Athletic Business. The article outlined protocols and processes created during the pandemic and those likely to remain in play. Click the link below to read the story.

Congrats to Ted Metellus on the Recent Article in Sports Illustrated

Photo/Graphic credit: Sports Illustrated

Ted Metellus, NCS⁴ Marathon and Endurance Events Advisory Committee member, was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated about the return of the New York City Marathon this fall. Click the link below to read the article.

NCS⁴ Staffer, Dr. Joslyn Zale, Invited to Participate in Research Activities

Dr. Josyln Zale, NCS⁴ Research Associate and CSSP Manager, was recently invited to join the ACM SIGSPATIAL Advances in Resilient and Intelligent Cities Workshop Program Committee. Advanced Spatial Computing (ACM) SIGSPATIAL is an international geospatial research organization that focuses mostly on applied research.

Zale has also been invited to review for Stochastic Environmental Research and Risk Assessment (SERRA) and Computational Urban Science. SERRA publishes research papers, reviews, and technical notes on stochastic (probabilistic and statistic) approaches to environmental sciences and engineering. Computational Urban Science publishes rigorously peer-reviewed and high-quality original articles and reviews that focus on the intersection of computational sciences and urban sciences in building intelligent and resilient cities.

Access Your Free Guide for Reopening Live Events

As people in the U.S. continue to get vaccinated and cities and states begin to reopen, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) and Event Safety Alliance (ESA), in partnership with Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP), Coalition of Performing Arts Centers, and National Independent Talent Organization (NITO) have joined together to research, create and present “Safe In Sound,” a free reopening checklist for the live entertainment industry. This toolkit was developed after consultation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and based on the most up-to-date guidance and resources available at Guidance for COVID-19 | CDC. It serves as the framework for venues and promoters to reopen fully as safely as possible.

“‘Safe In Sound’ compiles expansive yet easily digestible information and recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health experts and delivers it in a form tailored specifically for our industry,” said Sean Lynch, co-chair of NIVA’s Reopening Task Force. “As we return to these vital social environments, we need to make sure it’s done safely and comfortably for artists, staff, and patrons alike. We can’t wait to return to work and provide the live entertainment experience so many have missed.”

The checklist addresses every major issue involved in producing a safe live event, both front of house and back of house.

“While it is always essential to meet state and local legal requirements, that is just the beginning,” said Steven Adelman, Vice President of the Event Safety Alliance. “Every industry professional knows it takes an enormous amount of work to make events look simple. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented countless challenges to safely bringing audiences back to venues, safely getting production staff back to work behind the scenes, and safely returning artists to stages. We have created industry-specific guidance to put life safety first.”

Fundamentals of Crowd Safety Course Offered Online

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and GKStill International have partnered together to jointly offer the Fundamentals of Crowd Safety online E-Learning course to address capability gaps in crowd behavior and sciences.

Professor Dr. G. K. Still, Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester University, developed this certified, accredited course. The course offers an 8-hour online interactive experience designed to teach the essential elements of crowd safety and crowd risk analysis.

The course is especially valuable to event organizers, as it ensures that those who complete it are compliant with the NFPA 101 - Life Safety Code — specifically, the areas of section 12 of the code that require a venue to provide a crowd manager trained in crowd management techniques for occupancies exceeding 1000.

Professor Still commented, “We are delighted to launch our new partnership with the NCS⁴, the U.S.’s leading academic institution in this field. Our partnership will contribute to a broader application of crowd safety and crowd science in the U.S. market to help ensure safer and more secure venues.”

The NCS⁴ is the U.S.’s only academic center devoted to the study and practice of spectator sports safety and security. Professor Dr. G.K. Still is the world’s leading expert in crowd science. He is the founder of GKStill International and has consulted for leading venues around the world. His training system is also used by multiple international police forces.

For more information or to register for the course, click the link below.

SPORTS SECURITY WATCH

New York City Marathon Returns with 33,000 Runners on Nov. 7: What Will It Look Like?

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China Suspends High-Risk Outdoor Sports Events for Security Concerns

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21 Runners Die in Brutal Weather at Ultramarathon; China Vows to Improve Sports Safety

China's top sports governing body vowed to improve safety in ultramarathons and other long races after the gruesome death of 21 runners in a race in northwest China's Gansu province. The victims were among more than 170 runners who began the 100-kilometer race – 62 miles, or almost 2½ marathons – in warm temperatures Saturday. Read More

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