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LeagueApps Is Recruiting an Account Manager All-Star. Is This You?

Company News, LeagueApps Team, Press

Are you sick of your days at the office standing still? Want to find something rewarding, challenging, and fast paced?

Then it’s time to test the free agency waters and sign with the LeagueApps team. We’re looking for a stellar account manager to fill our roster in the LeagueApps New York City office located in Union Square.

You will join the Partner Success department; a team responsible for helping local sports organizations maximize their experience and value on the LeagueApps platform. LeagueApps has spent years developing a software solution to bring value and benefit to sports organizers and their participants.

We’re focused on building relationships with these organizations to understand how they operate and help figure out how LeagueApps can be configured to be a valuable solution. Our Partner Success team does a good job explaining the type of service our partners can expect when partnering with LeagueApps. As an added perk, you will have the opportunity to travel and visit some of our top partners in the sports business industry.

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The Scouting Report

The LeagueApps Account Manager is an energetic, self-motivated individual with some account management or customer success experience. Your role will be to drive retention for LeagueApps partners and help shape the VIP customer experience that we provide to top organizations. You are a relationship-builder, someone who believes in delivering amazing service. You will help our partners get the most value out of the LeagueApps platform and succeed in their goals, whether they are looking to grow their organization, or simply streamline their operations and save time. You are comfortable geeking out, problem-solving, and helping partners find the right way to configure LeagueApps to fit their needs. You love everything about sports and will speak with passionate sports organizers all day long. Every day!

Position Responsibilities

The Account Manager position has specific responsibilities within the team. We’ve drilled down this exact role to highlight the daily/weekly activities and tasks necessary to be successful.

  • Retain and manage partnerships for all assigned enterprise organizations.
  • Ensure that each assigned organization is configured properly to get the most value out of the LeagueApps product and services.
  • Execute a range of tactics to drive retention and customer satisfaction, including configuration audits, training, Coaching Sessions, and on-site visits.
  • Share new product improvements directly with customers.
  • Improve account management retention process and overall customer experience.
  • Be a captain and leader! Lead by example. Be the champion for Partner Success when interacting with other departments, including sales, marketing, product, and development teams.
  • YOU ARE THE FACE OF LEAGUEAPPS TO OUR PARTNERS!

Position Requirements

The most important requirements are to have passion, energy and motivation. We’re looking for those crazy folks that are mad about sports, digital and entrepreneurship AND love to service. A few other “requirements” that often indicate success for this role include:

  • Min. Experience: 1+ year experience in account management
  • Excellent communicator. You will be speaking with our partners every day. You need to be able to clearly walk them through a solution and articulate how to best utilize our tools and features.
  • Adaptable. You can connect to a wide-range of partner types, from non-technical users to tech wizards.
  • Master of product. You will not rest until you know how to configure and utilize the LeagueApps platform for every type of partner segment.
  • Cool-headed, composed, able to weather a storm.
  • You treat partners with the patience, empathy, and respect of a partner.
  • Entrepreneurial minded, innovative thinker, creative problem solver.
  • Fast learner, self-motivated, detail-oriented.
  • Be a teammate. Work well in conjunction with all team members across sales, product, and engineering functions.
  • Knack for helping different people, solving problems, and delivering a valuable customer experience.
  • Likes, Needs, to Win

This role is also only available in our NYC office. We need our Partner Success team interacting with our entire team throughout the day and the best way to do that is to have them all in our pod.

Are You Interested?

If you think this position is right for you then sell us on that! We’re actively looking to find the right player for the role and for our team. Use your resume, online profiles, presentation skills and persistence to prove it. We’re easy to get in touch with (as easy as any league organizer) through email, phone or social media.

If you know of someone that might be a good fit for the role please let us know that as well or have them apply now. We’ll appreciate the assist!

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So stop spending your days like a mannequin.

APPLY TO THE ACCOUNT MANAGER POSITION TODAY!

You can view all our open positions here.

New LeagueApps Partner David Villa of NYCFC Wins MLS MVP

FC, Press, Sports Community

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In just his second season in Major League Soccer, David Villa of NYCFC was named the 2016 MVP on Tuesday. Villa helped the NYCFC finish second in the Eastern Conference and qualify for the playoffs for the first time.

“I’m very proud to represent NYCFC and to receive this award,” Villa said in a statement.

“It’s a big day for me because this is one of the things I said I wanted to do when I came here two years ago.”

Before moving to MLS, Villa was a prolific scorer during five seasons with Valencia, then won the 2010 World Cup with Spain before moving that summer to Barcelona, where he found the net 48 times in all competitions in three years. He then spent one season at Atletico Madrid before leaving Spain for MLS.


 

Definitely one of the world’s best known athletes, Villa is well known around the LeagueApps office for his work with the David Villa Soccer Academy.

As the President of the DV7 Academy, Villa is committed to teaching children across the world to play the game of soccer using the “DV7 Method,” which allows them to develop their talent in the sport, while at the same time optimally fostering their personal values.

The DV7 Soccer Academy is a new LeagueApps partner. All registration, communication, and scheduling for all camps, clinics, and events will be powered and seamlessly integrated by LeagueApps.

“We want to train all of our students to become great human beings, loyal fans of soccer, while at the same time providing them the necessary tools to develop their talent.”

 

 

 

LeagueApps Partners Have Great Showing In Adrenaline Blackjack Classic

Lax, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

The annual Blackjack Classic is a revolutionary and unmatched lacrosse experience combining the highest level of regional competition and NCAA recruiters with a top level event atmosphere. It’s hosted every year by LeagueApps partner Adrenaline, one of the premiere lacrosse brands in the nation.

The event took place December 3rd-4th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For the first time ever, this year’s event was preceded by a showcase for high school athletes. Sponsored by Gatorade, the Las Vegas Prospect Day gave athletes the chance to increase their visibility with several NCAA coaches who were in attendance while gaining valuable insight from some of the game’s best coaches.

A total of 77 teams were on hand for this year’s Blackjack Classic event. Of the 77 teams, 37 are current partners or affiliates of partners of LeagueApps, including Chris Rotelli’s ADVNC Lacrosse SF 2021 Squad who won the championship, as well as Drew Snider’s City Side Lax.

The entire event was powered by LeagueApps.

Read the full event details here.

 

 

USA Baseball Names John Savage 2017 CNT Manager As Registration Opens

Dugout, Press, Sports Community

UCLA head coach John Savage has been named by USA Baseball as the manager for the 2017 Collegiate National Team. Savage previously served as an assistant coach on the 2000 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team that finished its summer 27-3-1 and won a gold medal at Haarlem Baseball Week in the Netherlands.

USA Baseball is an official partner of LeagueApps.

“We are thrilled to welcome back John Savage to the USA Baseball coaching ranks,” said Paul Seiler, Executive Director and CEO of USA Baseball.

“John has led the UCLA program to new heights under his guidance and we are excited to bring his experience and leadership to the head of our national team program in 2017.”

The remaining Collegiate National Team staff and schedule will be announced at a later time on USABaseball.com. The U.S. will host three international friendship series against Chinese Taipei, Cuba, and Japan in 2017.

The announcement comes just days after USA Baseball announced their 2017 dates for their 14U, 16U, and Labor Day Cups. The 2017 USA Baseball’s 14U, 16U, and Labor Day Cups are open-invitation tournaments composed of 48 teams.

The events will be held in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex from July 14-16 (14U Cup), July 21-23 (16U Cup), and September 2-4 (Labor Day Cup). USA Baseball will award 48 teams the right to participate based on an application approval process.

The LeagueApps sports management software powers all registration for USA Baseball, including all events and tournaments.

You can read the full article here.

 

Wizards Guard Bradley Beal Joins EYBL To Go Elite

Company News, Hoops, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal will be giving back to his St. Louis community.

The St. Louis native, who once starred as a player on the Chaminade College Prep (Missouri) high school basketball team, and laced up for the St. Louis Eagles‘ EYBL squad from 2008-10, has solidified his commitment to making an impact in youth basketball programs by partnering with the Eagles to become their official ambassador.

The team will officially become the Bradley Beal Elite.

“Having Bradley Beal’s support for the St. Louis Eagles is monumental! It speaks to the core value of the organization and what we try to instill in all of the young people that we come in contact with–that is to give back,” team president Tim Holloway said.

The St. Louis Eagles were founded in 1988 as a non-profit foundation, to assist St. Louis-area youth athletes receive college scholarship support, and have impacted the lives of more than 1200 participants, including  Larry Hughes, Tyler Hansbrough, Ben McLemore, and David Lee.

“The collaboration was symbolic because the Eagles were an important part of my success and helped me become who I am today. The Eagles have always been like a family and I am excited to elevate basketball in my hometown,” Beal said in a statement.

Starting in January 2017, the Bradley Beal Elite will be powered by LeagueApps. All registration, fee collection, and communication will be done through the LeagueApps platform, including all programs that receive personalized support from the sharp-shooting guard.

You can read the full article here.

 

Cleveland Area Sports Organizer Offering Cavaliers Suite Tickets To Help Launch His Basketball Program

Hoops, Press, Sports Community

Formed in September of 2016, Cleveland Youth Basketball will enrich the basketball experience of those with disabilities who don’t have the same opportunities as many other children.

It was founded by Jon Cupo after getting his USA Basketball coaching license.

“It was one of those things where I’m right in the middle of the mecca of youth basketball. There’s a ton of really good players here that get a lot of attention,” Jon said.

“But there are a lot more kids who don’t get as much of that attention.”

With the help of Kids Kicking Cancer, Jon will be hosting an official Jr. NBA Skills Challenge on January 28th for children in the Cleveland area that are suffering from multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities.

Sign up here to see how easy it to host an official Jr. NBA Skills Challenge.

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, nearly 18% of all children in the US have a disability or chronic disease. Jon sees this as an opportunity to give back to the local community.

“I’m not a charity guy, but this is my chance to give kids the opportunity to be themselves.”

Jon needs your help to get his league off to a solid start. He is offering Executive Suite tickets for a February 27th, 2017 game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The winner will also receive a $1000 food and drink credit as well as two parking passes.

Click here to enter the raffle.


“I just want to get those kids to play. They have more heart and better attitudes than most kids on a daily basis.”

Contact Jon directly at coachcupousa@gmail.com for donations.

LeagueApps Partners Work With Movocado to Create Custom Mobile Apps

Company News, Press, Tech Specs, Value of LeagueApps

Because LeagueApps’ API technology is an open platform, other technologies and applications can easily integrate into LeagueApps. Think of LeagueApps as the main course in your digital meal.

Many of our partners have expressed the need for a mobile app for their programs that can help members and participants enjoy all the great tools that LeagueApps offers- communication, scheduling, registration to name a few. So, we’re happy to announce a new opportunity for your organization to build a native mobile app through a company called Movocado.

Movocado’s capabilities include building custom mobile applications for sports organizations. Their mission is to partner with any sports organizer, club, gym, spa, barber, or healthcare provider that desires to provide a fully custom and fully integrated mobile application to their customers.

Steven Staley, founder of Movocado, is a former sports organizer himself so he also understands the importance of using software and technology to simplify the way your sports organization and program is run. Steve is excited about the integration with LeagueApps.

“The LeagueApps and Movocado integration will provide organizers with a custom, native mobile application with seamless end to end integration between the Movocado native mobile application and the LeagueApps backend software,” he said.

“You don’t need to input any information or data into the mobile app. All information is fully connected and integrated with the LeagueApps software. There’s no need to spend any time, effort, or money to support or maintain the mobile application as it is always live, always up to date, and always supports the latest versions of web browsers and mobile operating systems, ” he said.

Steven and the LeagueApps team also understand the importance of branding so you can further drive registration and grow your sports program.

“Our app is optimized for both youth and adult sports organizations that have 5,000 players annually. As a sports organizer myself, I understand how important it is to brand your organization. It’s one of the reasons I was really drawn to work with Leagueapps,” Steven said.

Steven and the Movocado team have already begun developing apps for a few of LeagueApps’ partners, including Austin Sports and Social Club. SportsMonkey, another LeagueApps partner from Texas, is also working with Movocado.

Chad Perry runs the marketing department for Austin Sports and Social.

“Our users will most often be using the app just before their games. They want to open the app, see their game time, field location, the best route and ETA (via their preferred mapping app), who their playing, their opponents record, who on their team is coming and message their team if they’re going to be late or have a question,” Chad said.

 

“With this in mind we had Movocado create the custom homepage. Oh, and the weather status is an integration we had them create using the RainoutLine API developed by LeagueApps.”

Chad has also enjoyed the business relationship with Steven and the Movocado team.

“Working with Movocado has been great.  Steven is very fair, open and honest with communication about pricing, capabilities and recommendations,” he said.

You can read more about Movocado’s app store description with our partners from Boston Social Sports here.

LeagueApps is always looking to build relationships with other technologies to continue to make the lives of sports organizers everywhere simpler. When another sports organizer is able to build an app that easily integrates with the robust LeagueApps software, well that’s just like having your pumpkin pie and eating it too.

If you’re interested to learn more about Movocado or would like to receive a demo or free estimate, you can contact LeagueApps by clicking the large button below or you can reach out to Steven Staley at Movocado.

Four Easy Rules For Running a Successful Tournament or Event From a Leading Expert

Best Practices, Dugout, FC, Hoops, Lax, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

How difficult is it to run a successful tournament? What is the most important thing about choosing a venue for your next event?

Running a great tournament or event ensures that your participants will return to your sports programs. They are also more likely to refer your program to others and help drive registration.

We reached out to our partners from NXT Sports to get some insight in running a great tournament. Based out of Philadelphia, NXT Sports has been delivering some of the best tournaments on the East Coast since 2009. What started as a youth lacrosse club, NXT Sports now offers amazing experiences for youth athletes in the sports of soccer, field hockey, and basketball.

In this article, you’ll learn tips from Ryan Long, Director of Events for NXT Sports, on how to run a successful tournament for your sports programs.

Safety Is The Top Priority

Everything revolves around player safety.

“Our number one goal is to keep players and kids safe at all events,” Ryan said “Honestly, that should be the number one goal of all sports organizations.”

To do this, NXT employs trainers to be on-site at all times, not just for tournaments. During practices, tournaments, and games, there is one trainer for every two playing fields.

One initiative that Ryan and NXT is proud of is its safety initiative. Through a combination of full-time trainers, quality training of coaches and staff, as well as a partnership with the Datalys Center, NXT is at the forefront of youth sports injury research.

“Everyone on our medical staff keeps a binder at all times. We keep track of all injuries at all times, whether that be at practices, touraments, or other events. We then forward that information to the Datalys Center for proper research,” Ryan said.

To learn more secrets in how leading experts in the sports industry like Ryan are successfully growing their sports programs, download this FREE eBook today!

Location, Location, Location

“It’s one thing to have a great venue, but if it’s in the middle of nowhere, then no one will want to come back next year,” Ryan said.

One of Ryan’s main tips is to always remember that tournaments and events consist of not just the players and coaches, but of the families and friends of all participants. With that in mind, be sure to choose a venue that will offer off-the-field activities as well.

“It’s not just about the on-the-field experience. Make sure there are plenty of activities and things to do. When families come to Philadelphia, we make sure that we inform everyone of all the great things to do in this city, like visiting the Liberty Bell for instance. When we host beach events, we want to know where the go-karts and mini-golf venues are so that we can tell parents that in advance,” Ryan said.

Stay Organized

Parents want stability when they visit these events. Everything from having the correct schedule, to communication, to being able to register participants should as as smooth as possible.

“It’s so easy to be able to organize effectively with LeagueApps. Parents want organization. If you think about it, they’re on vacation when they visit our events. The fact that we’re able to easily organize everything gives them the opportunity to enjoy a no-hassle vacation,” Ryan said.

He continued. “There’s a lot of companies that will kind of start up and flounder because they’re not organized. Get organized with LeagueApps.”

Stay True To What You Do Best

One common theme shared by several of our partners, such as Lee Miller of Elite Hoops or Carlos Villicana of Team Esface, is to stay true to yourself and your mission.

Ryan shares a similar thought. “Stay true to what you do best. Learn the things you do well and build off of that.”

After you stick to what you know best, then you can make the step to a multi-sport event. When you do, Ryan gives this tip as well.

“Just stick to what you do and what you do best. Use that blue print for the other sports and make the minor adjustments that are necessary. Stay true to what you do best.”

 

 

3 Tips On How To Run A Successful Basketball Camp

Best Practices, Hoops, Sports Community, Value of LeagueApps

What goes into creating a solid basketball camp? How do you create a great experience for your participants so they can return to your program(s)?

There’s no one better to give some insight into running a great camp than Lee Miller, Director of Nike Elite Hoops Basketball. Lee founded Elite Hoops Basketball in the summer of 2004. That summer, he bought 300 shirts, rented three gyms, and wanted 100 kids at each facility.

“Only 29 kids showed up. I was left with 271 tee shirts,” he said. Now, he hosts 56 Nike camps across eight states over 11 weeks, and with over 3600 players.

He’s giving three quick tips on how to run a successful basketball camp.

Have a Checklist, or a “Rider”

Whatever the size and wherever the venue, Lee says that following a checklist, or “rider” is pivotal.

“We have, for lack of a better word, sort of our own rider. We have a similar schedule for getting each and every camp up and running,” he said. This scripted rider is the same for every camp, whether it be 100 players or a massive holiday invitational.

The rider includes everything. That means time must be spent emailing parents to confirm dates and directions of travel. Rosters should be all updated and segmented down to each individual group. And creating a publishing schedule on social media, like Instagram or YouTube.

The checklist also ensures somewhat simple tasks aren’t forgotten, such as washing all the jerseys, making sure all the balls are pumped up and the courts are all lined for drills. There’s also a staff meeting schedule so that coaches and staff are all lined up on the same page.

Perfect Your Model

“It’s so important to stay small until you’ve perfected your model,” he said. “It’s so crucial in the short and long-term success of your business.”

That was the first lesson Lee learned in that 2004 camp. Before his 271 extra tee-shirt camp, he was integral in working with and helping coach several camps with the University of Georgia. He figured he could host a similar camp without having to worry about spreading the word. In other words, he had not yet perfected his model.

“One example of the way we’re perfecting our model now is through coaching. We won’t let coaches give private workouts until they’re 100% ready. We make sure they are able to get whatever drill they coach, running, energy, whatever, up and running each camp before we feel confident in having them run their own workouts.”

 

Be True To Who You Are

Are you a defensive coach or an offensive coach? Are you high energy or more methodical?

“Don’t try to be someone you’re not,” Lee said.

“As an offensive coach, don’t try to teach drills at a camp to improve a player’s defense. One, you’re not doing the kids any help. And two, you’re not going to get players and parents to keep coming through the door.”

Stick true to who you are and what you do best.

Lee also understands the importance of technology in being able to run so many camps and programs at one time.

“In 2004, we had to market a lot with flyers and letters. Now, there are so many more resources with technology. Social media, for instance. So it’s easier than when I started to get the word out.”

Technology and sports software is also the reason he is able to keep up with over 3600 kids registered for his camps. With LeagueApps, Lee is able to easily streamline all of his camps and programs’ registrants into one easy-to-use tool.

“These LeagueApps features are perfect for me and what I want to do with my business,” he said.

“I have my program summary just sitting on the flat screen on my wall at all times. I think it’s really something that helps us separate from competitors.”

 

SportsBoard Integration with LeagueApps Offers Player Evaluation Tools For Your Sports Program

Company News, Press, Value of LeagueApps

 

The LeagueApps team is striving to simplify the lives of sports organizers. By enabling the right technology for our partners, it allows you to continue to deliver the best sports experience for your members and participants.

With easy to use features and a robust, open API, the LeagueApps software is at the center of your digital universe, handling registration and communication to scheduling and eCommerce. It also means that our software works well and plays with other technologies to give you everything you need to run your programs as efficiently as possible.

Our partners have expressed the need for a better way to help coaches evaluate and develop their athletes. These evaluations start with tryouts and bleed into an on-going athlete development over multiple years. In order to better serve our partners and other sports organizers, the flexible LeagueApps platform has integrated with Sportsboard to offer these player evaluation tools.

SportsBoard developed an app that enables coaches to capture assessment data and simplify and streamline producing evaluations. By capturing data like skills ratings, text notes, video with voice-over, testing data and more, SportsBoard can generate digital evaluations as well as testing leaderboards that enable sports organizers to provide feedback to athletes and parents alike.

Aside from the intended use to help coaches with player evaluations, the integration can also help LeagueApps’ partners with making decisions in regards to tryouts and rosters. This integrated tool has the potential to help organizers present data in an objective manner, which can be beneficial when discussing players’ roles with parents and/or coaches.

 

Gregg Jacobs, founder and CEO of Sportsboard, says the integration will save countless hours and tedious work for the organizer. With the API integration, LeagueApps members and admins can easily import rosters into SportsBoard.

“With this integration, customers can seamlessly pull tryout groups and teams from LeagueApps into SportsBoard with a single click. Sports organizers will save countless hours exporting the data out of LeagueApps into Excel, formatting it properly, importing the Excel file into SportsBoard, and then checking the data in SportsBoard to make sure it imported properly.”

Our partners from T3 Lacrosse have already integrated the software for their club teams. Lori Brown, Director of T3, says the goal of their integration is to eliminate rework and data entry in the long term.

“LeagueApps will be our base source for all registration info that will then be passed to SportsBoard for evals,” she said.

“We do see benefits due to this vertical integration of resources too! It links together experts in their fields.”

LeagueApps is excited with the prospect of building partnerships with other technologies as we continue to strive to make the life of the sports organizer simpler.

To learn more about their player evaluation tools, visit SportsBoard. Or, click on the button below.

 

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